Manny Navarro breaks down the University of Miami football team’s schedule.
Sept. 5: Bethune-Cookman , 6 p.m. (ESPN3)
New coach and only two returning starters on defense for the Wildcats, who played the Canes tight for a half in 2012. UM 49, Bethune-Cookman 10.
Sept. 11: @ FAU, 8 p.m.
Owls, 34-6 losers to the Canes in 2013, will be pumped to host UM at home in a stadium that would fit the Canes just fine. UM 34, FAU 14.
Sept. 19: Nebraska, 3:30 p.m. (ABC/ESPN)
Duke Johnson’s third-quarter fumble kept UM from pulling off the upset in Lincoln last year. Count this as Al Golden’s best win to date. UM 34, Nebraska 17.
Oct. 1: @ Cincinnati, 7:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Bearcats quarterback Gunner Kiel lit up the Canes secondary last season (355 yards), but was also picked off three times. History repeats. UM 38, Cincinnati 31.
Oct. 10: @ Florida State, TBD
Dalvin Cook ran for 92 yards and two touchdowns on only seven carries in last year’s 30-26 FSU win in Miami. Expect much more. FSU 29, UM 24.
Oct. 17: Virginia Tech, TBD
Hokies gave up 249 yards on the ground to Duke Johnson in last year’s 30-6 Canes romp. This will be much tighter. UM 20, Virginia Tech 17
Oct. 24: Clemson, TBD
Tigers’ Deshaun Watson was tabbed the ACC’s best. Brad Kaaya, on home turf, will show us why he’s better but won’t win. Clemson 31, UM 27.
Oct. 31: @ Duke, TBD
Blue Devils offense lost some star power to graduation, and that’s what made them tough for UM in the past. UM 31, Duke 20.
Nov. 7: Virginia, TBD
Canes have lost four of five to the Cavaliers, who have flat-out stunk for much of that stretch. UM 41, Virginia 24.
Nov. 14: @ North Carolina, TBD
Expect Kaaya and UNC’s Marquise Williams to put up a lot of points. UM 45, North Carolina 38.
Nov. 21: Georgia Tech, TBD
Another tight game between these two will come down to whether the Canes can get Paul Johnson’s offense off the field. Georgia Tech 27, UM 24.
Nov. 27: @ Pittsburgh, TBD
Panthers took advantage of a team out of the Coastal race last year. History repeats. Pittsburgh 34, UM 24.