In 2014, the Miami Hurricanes got thrown into the furnace with a football opener on the road against a talented Louisville team making its debut in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The ACC released its 2015 composite schedule Thursday, and next season the Canes can breathe a bit before they face their first ACC opponent – defending league champion Florida State on Oct. 10 in Tallahassee.
UM opens Sept. 5 at home against Football Championship Subdivision member Bethune-Cookman (9-3 in 2014), travels up the road Sept. 12 to FAU (3-9) in Boca Raton, hosts Nebraska (9-4) on Sept. 19 and rests with a bye week Sept. 26.
After a road game at Cincinnati (9-4) for a Thursday night ESPN telecast on Oct. 1, the Canes can start really sweating.
Miami (6-7, 3-5 ACC) will meet FSU more than a month earlier than it did this past season. The Seminoles were 13-1 in 2014 after losing to Oregon in the College Football Playoff semifinal on New Year’s Day.
The Canes will have nine days to prepare for the Seminoles, who beat UM 30-26 on Nov. 15 in the final three minutes at Sun Life Stadium.
After FSU there’s Virginia Tech (7-6) on Oct. 17 and Clemson (10-3) on Oct. 24 at home. Then the Canes play at Duke (9-4) on Halloween, return home Nov. 7 for Virginia (5-7) and go to UNC (6-7) on Nov. 14.
The end of the regular season will be tough, with Orange Bowl champion Georgia Tech (11-3) coming to Sun Life on Nov. 21 and UM finishing in the cold at Pittsburgh (6-7) on the day after Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 27.
UM’s 2015 opponents had a combined 97-58 record in 2014.
Of the teams they will face next season, the Hurricanes lost to Nebraska, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Virginia and Pittsburgh. They defeated Duke, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.
FAU athletic director Pat Chun told the Miami Herald late last year that the three-game series between the teams is a “two-for-one” contract. “Two games at their place [UM] – in 2013 and 2016 and home [at FAU] in 2015. Part of the deal is there is no change of funds in the contract for the home game at our place in ’15.
“The biggest game in the history of our stadium will be for sure Sept. 12, 2015, and our campus is excited to host our neighbors from the south,” Chun said.
Game times have not yet been assigned.
Florida State begins its 2015 schedule with two non-conference home games vs. Texas State (Sept. 5) and USF (Sept. 12) before traveling to ACC foe Boston College for a Friday game on Sept. 18.
The Seminoles, like the Hurricanes, have a Sept. 26 bye week. They then travel to Wake Forest on Oct. 3, and host the Canes on Oct. 10 and Louisville on Oct. 17.
FSU travels to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech on Oct. 24, returns home to face Syracuse on Oct. 31 and again is on the road against Clemson on Nov. 7.
FSU’s final two regular-season home games are Nov. 14 against North Carolina State and Nov. 21 against Tennessee-Chattanooga.
The Seminoles conclude their regular season Nov. 28 at Florida.
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