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The University of Miami’s 2018 football schedule was released Wednesday as a part of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s releasing of members school’s schedule for the upcoming year.
The 2018 schedule is here!
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) January 17, 2018
Miami will open the 2018 season on a Sunday, traveling to Arlington, Texas to take on SEC powerhouse Louisiana State University Sept. 2 in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium.
The Canes, who won the ACC Coastal Division outright and played in the ACC Championship for the first time since joining the conference in 2004 this past season, will be tested right out of the gate with neutral-site, nationally-televised game against an LSU team that won six of its final seven games before losing to Notre Dame in the Citrus Bowl.
UM may be rolling into “Jerry’s World” with a new starting quarterback if Malik Rosier, who did not declare for the 2018 NFL Draft, loses the upcoming quarterback battle to redshirt freshman N’Kosi Perry or true freshman Jarren Williams.
While Rosier broke Vinny Testaverde’s single-season total touchdown record with 31 scores (26 passing and 5 rushing) accounted for this past season, his performance waned over the final month of the season and Perry’s talent will be hard to hold off for another year.
After the big opening game, the Hurricanes return to the friendly confines of Hard Rock Stadium for its 2018 home opener against Savannah State on Sept. 8. The Hurricanes last played the Tigers in 2013 – setting new school records for largest margin and points scored in a game in a 77-7 thrashing.
Miami will complete its “home and home” series with Toledo in 2018, going to Ohio for a Sept. 15 game against the Rockets.
The second quarter of Miami’s season features three home games that could go a long way as to telling how the Canes’ season will go.
UM renews its in-city rivalry with Florida International University on Sept. 22.
It will be just the third time the schools, which are separated by just nine miles, face off on the football field. The first meeting between the two was marred by a bench-clearing brawl in the midst of Miami’s 35-0 win in 2006. Miami met FIU again in 2007 – a 23-9 Canes win.
The Hurricanes then welcome North Carolina just five days later (Sept. 27) for a Thursday night (likely primetime) game.
Miami will take the short week for the Tar Heels to get the extra preparation and recovery time before longtime rival Florida State rolls into town for an Oct. 6 showdown.
UM snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Seminoles in 2017 – getting the game-winning touchdown from receiver Darrell Langham to secure a 24-20 win in Tallahassee.
The final second half of the season will see the Hurricanes on the road for four out of six games – with road trips to Virginia (Oct. 13), Boston College (Oct. 26), Georgia Tech (Nov. 10) and Virginia Tech (Nov. 17).
The Hurricanes will get to spend Thanksgiving at home in 2018, closing out its regular season and hosting “Senior Day” against Pittsburgh on November 24. Revenge will certainly be on the Canes’ mind, given it was the unranked, non-bowl eligible Panthers that ruined Miami’s chance at an undefeated regular season and seemingly sent the rest of the season into a tailspin.
See Miami’s full schedule below:
Sunday, Sept. 2: LSU (AdvoCare Classic at Arlington, Texas)
Saturday, Sept. 8: vs. Savannah State
Saturday, Sept. 15: at Toledo
Saturday, Sept. 22: vs. FIU
Thursday, Sept. 27: vs. North Carolina
Saturday, Oct. 6: vs. Florida State
Saturday, Oct. 13: at Virginia
Friday, Oct. 26: at Boston College
Saturday, Nov. 3: vs. Duke
Saturday, Nov. 10: at Georgia Tech
Saturday, Nov. 17: at Virginia Tech
Saturday, Nov. 24: vs. Pittsburgh
Fans can visit www.HurricanesSports.com for ticket information.