In what has been a whirlwind of a 12-hour span – that had Miami get its most explosive wide receiver back and secure a transfer quarterback from Ohio State – the already giddy Hurricanes fans can now feast on the team’s newly released schedule.
The school released its official 2019 football schedule Wednesday afternoon, a 12-game set that features four games against in-state schools and two bye weeks.
Miami, which finished the 2018 season with a hugely disappointing 7-6 record following an embarrassing 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pin Stripe Bowl, will open the 2019 season with a marquee neutral site game on August 31st against the Florida Gators in Orlando’s Camping World Stadium.
Season-opening showdown with the Gators will be Manny Diaz’s first game as UM’s head coach and will be the first meeting between the in-state rivals since the Canes defeated Florida 21-16 in 2013 at then-Sun Life Stadium. While Florida, which went 10-3 this past season, will likely be a top 25 ranked team to start 2019, the Canes have won seven of the past eight meetings between the two – including the last neutral site meeting (a 1984 win at Tampa Stadium).
After the season opener, the Canes will go on the road for its ACC opener against North Carolina on September 7. Not only will it be the teams’ first game against an ACC opponent, it’ll also be the first ACC game for both head coaches – Diaz and new Tar Heels head coach Mack Brown. It’ll also be a game where the Canes will face one of its recently fired assistant coaches – as North Carolina hired former UM offensive line coach Stacy Searels for the same position.
After two weeks on the road, the Hurricanes will return home for a 5-game homestand.
Beginning on September 14, Miami will host Bethune-Cookman; Central Michigan (Sept. 21); then three straight tilts against ACC foes Virginia Tech (October 5), Virginia (Oct. 11), and Georgia Tech (Oct. 18).
New Miami offensive coordinator Dan Enos, who Diaz hired away from Alabama, probably has September 21st circled on his calendar given that he served as Central Michigan’s head coach from 2010 to 2014.
Following the extended homestand, UM will play technically four of its final five games on the road.
Miami will make its annual pilgrimage to Pittsburgh to take on the Panthers, however, this year’s game will be on Oct. 26 opposed to the end-of-the-season date they’ve had the past couple of years.
Fans can begin making reservations for hotels in Tallahassee, Florida on the weekend of November 2 when the Hurricanes will face off against the rival Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Miami’s last home game at Hard Rock Stadium for 2019 (better known as Senior Day) will be a Nov. 9 game against Louisville.
UM’s fourth game against an in-state opponent will be their November 23rd meeting with crosstown rival Florida International University. While the Panthers are hosting this year’s meeting, the game will be played at Marlins Park – built on the site of Miami’s old Orange Bowl Stadium – and will be a de facto seventh home for the Hurricanes.
Miami’s regular season will conclude with a trip to Tobacco Road to face Duke on November 30.
Miami Hurricanes 2019 Football Schedule
- Saturday, Aug. 31: Florida (at Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL)
- Saturday, Sept. 7: at North Carolina
- Saturday, Sept. 14 Bethune-Cookman
- Saturday, Sept. 21: Central Michigan
- Saturday, Oct. 5: Virginia Tech
- Friday, Oct. 11: Virginia
- Saturday, Oct. 19: Georgia Tech
- Saturday, Oct. 26: at Pittsburgh
- Saturday, Nov. 2: at Florida State
- Saturday, Nov. 9: Louisville
- Saturday, Nov. 23: at FIU (at Marlins Park)
- Saturday, Nov. 30: at Duke
*Home games are in BOLD