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The Miami Hurricanes have received their official 2019 football schedule. At 2pm this afternoon, the ACC announced the conference schedule meaning the path to Charlotte is now set. Let’s take a look:
Week 1: vs. Florida @ Camping World Stadium in Orlando, FL
The Manny Diaz Era will begin with some fireworks. In what feels like one of the most anticipated season openers in years, Manny Diaz and Dan Mullen will go head to head in Orlando. This used to be an annual matchup before the Gators got tired of being beaten like a red-headed step child and took us off the schedule. Wimps. It will also be nice to see the Canes matchup against a team that finished in the top 10 in 2018. It will be a great measuring stick.
Last Matchup: 2013; Miami won 23-16
All-time Series: Miami leads 29-26
Week 2: vs. North Carolina at Keenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill, NC
This will be the earliest ACC game Miami has played since they opened the season with Boston College in 2012. The Hurricanes played UNC on a Thursday night this past season and DOMINATED them in all phases of the game. This game has a lot of intrigue as the Mac Brown Era begins in Chapel Hill. Manny Diaz also coached under Brown at Texas from 2011 to 2013. If Miami can go in and win this game (which they should), it would be huge to get a division win this early in the season.
Last Matchup: 2018; Miami won 47-10
All-time Series: Tied 11-11
Week 3: vs. Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
In Miami’s annual game against a HBCU, they will welcome the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats to The Rock. This game will be the start of five straight home games for the Canes. With the recent success of FIU, this game appears to be the only guaranteed win on Miami’s schedule. It will be an opportunity for some young guys to get some playing time and sort out any issues that have showed up in the first two games.
Last Matchup: 2017; Miami won 41-13
All-time Series: Miami leads 3-0
Week 4: vs. Central Michigan at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
For the third year in a row, the Hurricanes play a MAC opponent as they welcome the Chippewas of Central Michigan for the first time in program history. Dan Enos will get a chance to face the school which gave him his first head coaching gig. Miami should NEVER play a close game with a team of Central Michigan’s caliber. The Chippewas are coming off of a 1-11 season but are now under new head coach, Jim McElwain. This should be an easy win for Diaz’s Hurricanes.
Last Matchup: N/A
All-time Series: N/A
Week 5: BYE WEEK
Week 6: vs. Virginia Tech at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
In a matchup that used to decide the ACC Coastal annually, the Hokies will visit Miami in week five. Virginia Tech will presumably return stud QB Josh Jackson which will be a challenge for the Hurricanes. 2016 ACC Coach of the Year, Justin Fuente, is entering his fourth year as the head coach of Virginia Tech. He is 1-2 against Miami. Luckily, the Canes get an extra week to prepare.
Last Matchup: 2017; Miami won 38-14
All-time Series: Miami leads 22-14
Week 7: vs. Virginia at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
Bryce Perkins and the Virginia Cavaliers will visit Hard Rock Stadium on Friday, October 11th. This game is highly anticipated by me personally. I remember how frustrating it was to watch our incompetent offense fail to score more than 13 points. I hope we hang 100 on them this year. You’ve been a miracle worker so far, Manny. Make this happen, please.
Last Matchup: 2017; Virginia won 16-13
All-time Series: Miami leads 9-7
Week 8: vs. Georgia Tech at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
Let me just say, I HATE PLAYING GEORGIA TECH. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, this opinion will change going forward. With Paul Johnson and his knee-destroying triple option gone, I will not stress as much over this matchup. Geoff Collins has taken over in Atlanta after going 16-11 over the past two seasons at Temple. My thought here is Collins will be attempting to transition to a spread offense using triple option athletes. Advantage: Miami. Plus, the Canes have won eight of their last ten games against the Yellow Jackets.
Last Matchup: 2017; Georgia Tech won 27-21
All-time Series: Tied 12-12
Week 9: vs. Pitt at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA
Oh, Pitt. The defending ACC Coastal Champions. Man that really pains me to think about much less type it. The Hurricanes will travel to Pittsburgh on the final weekend in October. Hopefully it won’t be too cold at that point. The historic average temperature for October 26th is between 40 and 60. Yes I looked that up because I am a nerd who likes to know random things. Don’t hate. Pat Narduzzi is entering year five and is just barely over .500. Let’s crush them and run him out of town.
Last Matchup: 2017; Miami won 24-3
All-time Series: Miami leads 26-11-1
Week 10: vs. Florida State at Choke Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, FL
I’m sorry. I had to do it. Okay maybe I’m not really sorry, but I’m sure you understand. The good ‘ole Seminoles. Week 10 will be a huge matchup as no team is hated more by the Hurricane faithful than Florida State. The past two years have been absolute thrillers that have legitimately taken years off of my life. Willie Taggart is already in hot water up north and hopefully we can push the streak to three, leaving Tallahassee with a win.
Last Matchup: 2017; Miami won 28-27
All-time Series: Miami leads 33-30
Week 11: vs. Louisville at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
The Louisville Cardinals were one of college football’s worst teams in 2018. They will be looking for a bounce back season under new head coach Scott Satterfield. Satterfield left Appalachian State after accumulating 51 wins in six years for the Mountaineers. The two former Big East rivals will face off for the 14th time in program history. Louisville has won the last three meetings.
Last Matchup: 2014; Louisville won 31-13
All-time Series: Miami leads 9-3-1
Week 14: BYE WEEK
Week 13: vs. Florida International at Marlins Park in Miami, FL
A lot of people had cute little nicknames for this game last year but let’s be honest, this is not a rivalry. Yea it’s cool that both teams are in Miami, but there’s no reason that Miami shouldn’t beat the brakes off of the Panthers. I will admit I have been very impressed at the job Butch Davis has done. He has taken that team from four wins in 2016 to eight wins in Davis’ first year. In 2018, the Panthers recorded their first ever nine win season including a 35-32 win over Toledo in the Bahamas Bowl.
Last Matchup: 2017; Miami won 31-17
All-time Series: Miami leads 3-0
Week 14: vs. Duke at Wallace Wade Stadium in Durham, NC
The Blue Devils got their revenge last year in a horribly sloppy game at Hard Rock Stadium. David Cutcliffe has turned Duke into one of the steadiest programs in college football, winning at least seven games in six of the last seven seasons. Cutcliffe’s tenure has even included three bowl wins and an ACC Championship game appearance. The last two times the Canes have visited Wallace Wade, one game was a blowout (2017) and one ended on a miracle (2015). Here’s to hoping this year is the latter and not the former.
Last Matchup: 2018; Duke won 20-12
All-time Series: Miami leads 13-3
So there you have it. The 2019 Hurricanes schedule. It’s going to be a great year based on what Manny Diaz has already done with this program. I’m digging the streak of five home games however, I’m nervous about four of the last five being on the road (3 of 5 really since the FIU game is basically a home game). There is a very good chance the Canes could go 11-1 or even undefeated with Florida being by far our toughest test. Here’s to a great season Canes fans!