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UM vs. LSU football moved to Sunday night before Labor Day in 2018

UM rushes the field as the Hurricanes host Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017.
UM rushes the field as the Hurricanes host Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, September 2, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Another University of Miami football game is being rescheduled – in 2018, not this season, and only by one day.

ESPN announced Tuesday that UM’s 2018 season opener against LSU at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 2, at 7:30 p.m.

The AdvoCare Classic game was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, and was announced by LSU in October 2014.

The game will be broadcast on ABC as part of the ESPN networks’ five-day college football kickoff weekend showcase and will mark the third consecutive year that ABC has aired a prime-time game on the Sunday of Labor Day weekend.

The last time UM met LSU is not a pleasurable memory to Hurricanes fans. It was at the Peach Bowl on Dec. 30, 2005, when LSU crushed the Hurricanes 40-3 and a post-game fight between the players ensued. By early the next week, former UM coach Larry Coker had fired four assistants (running backs coach Don Soldinger, offensive line coach Art Kehoe, offensive coordinator Dan Werner and linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves).

The No. 25 Tigers (now 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference) are 9-3 all-time against the No. 14 Hurricanes (2-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), and have met UM only twice in the regular season since 1969, each team winning one of those games.

This season, because of Hurricane Irma, Miami had to cancel its second game, at Arkansas State, and reschedule Florida State from Sept. 16 to Oct. 7, and Georgia Tech from Oct. 12 to Oct. 14.

▪ Running back Mark Walton (ankle) was seen walking into the weight room with safety Robert Knowles while the rest of the team was stretching before practice on Monday morning, then seen walking out again at the end of media viewing.

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