Hurricanes fans, get out your pencils, calendars and a list of your favorite hotels.
The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2018 football schedule Wednesday, and the University of Miami, which finished 10-3 and ranked 13th in the final Associated Press Top 25 Poll this past season, will be on the road for four of its last six regular-season games.
On the flip side, the Canes are home for four of their first six regular-season games, with that juicy opener on Sunday night, Sept. 2, against LSU (9-4 in 2017) in the AdvoCare Classic at AT&T Stadium in Arlington Texas.
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.
As for those pesky Seminoles, who finally fell to Miami at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2017 after seven consecutive wins, the Hurricanes will go for two in a row on Oct. 6 at Hard Rock Stadium.
UM opens the season with four nonconference games, beginning with the neutral-site LSU showdown and continuing with these: Sept. 8 at home against FCS competitor Savannah State (3-8 in 2017); Sept. 15 at Toledo (11-3); and Sept. 22 at home vs. FIU (8-5).
Miami and FIU have only played twice — the second time when the teams got into their famous brawl at the Orange Bowl, which resulted in 31 suspensions between the Hurricanes and Panthers.
UM’s ACC schedule opens Thursday night, Sept. 27, at home vs. North Carolina (3-9) and continues nine days later against FSU, followed by the last half of the regular season starting at Virginia (6-7) on Oct. 13.
The Canes have a bye date on Saturday, Oct. 20, and head to Boston College (7-6) for a Friday, Oct. 26 game — meaning that the Hurricanes in 2018 will play games on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Duke (7-6) comes to Hard Rock Stadium on Nov. 3, after which the Canes head off to Atlanta to face Georgia Tech (5-6) on Nov. 10, and to Blacksburg, Virginia, to face Virginia Tech (9-4) on Nov. 17.
The regular season will end at home on Nov. 24, two days after Thanksgiving, against Pittsburgh (5-7). Call it a payback attempt after the Panthers derailed UM’s chance at a perfect 2017 regular season.
UM’s opponents did not have a particularly impressive cumulative record in 2017: 80-71.
But its ACC opponents fared even worse overall: 49-51.
New FSU coach Willie Taggart will have to contend with back-to-back road games at Louisville (8-5) on Sept. 29 and Miami on Oct. 6, then a tough second-half of the regular season.
The last five games include Clemson (12-2) at home on Oct. 27, before the Seminoles face another brutal two-game stretch on Nov. 3 at North Carolina State (9-4) and Nov. 10 at Notre Dame (10-3).
FSU returns to Tallahassee on Nov. 17 to play Boston College and finishes the season on Nov. 24 at home against Florida (4-7).
The Seminoles open at home with a conference game on Labor Day, Sept. 3, against Virginia Tech. They then host Samford (8-4) on Sept. 8, travel to Syracuse (4-8) on Sept. 15 and host Northern Illinois (8-5) on Sept. 22.
FSU’s Oct. 20 game at home against Wake Forest (8-5) will precede that challenging late October and November.
2018 UM SCHEDULE
▪ Sept. 2: LSU (Sunday at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas)
▪ Sept. 8: SAVANNAH STATE
▪ Sept. 15: at Toledo
▪ Sept. 22: FIU
▪ Sept. 27: NORTH CAROLINA (Thursday)
▪ Oct. 6: FSU
▪ Oct. 13: at Virginia
▪ Oct. 20: BYE WEEK
▪ Oct. 26: at Boston College (Friday)
▪ Nov. 3: DUKE
▪ Nov. 10: at Georgia Tech
▪ Nov. 17: at Virginia Tech
▪ Nov. 24: PITTSBURGH