University of Miami

Miami Hurricanes 2016 game-by-game breakdown

FSU RB Dalvin Cook
FSU RB Dalvin Cook

Sept. 3 Florida A&M 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

The Mark Richt era gets off to a flying start against a Rattlers team coming off a 1-10 season. UM 45, FAMU 7.

Sept. 10 FAU 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Despite being a three-win team last season, the Owls were only down three points to UM at the half last season. This one might feel close for a half, too. UM 37, FAU 14.

Sept. 17 at Appalachian State Noon (ESPN)

Mountaineers, 11-2 and Camelia Bowl winners last season, can run the football and will put a decent scare into the Canes. UM 34, Appalachian St. 23

Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech (TBA)

The Yellow Jackets, losers of six of the past seven in the series, will not be much better than the 3-9 team they were a year ago. UM 31, Georgia Tech 17

Oct. 8 Florida State (TBA)

Noles have notched six wins in a row in the series and can match the longest win streak of any team in the series. But Brad Kaaya, who was 9 years old the last time UM beat FSU at home, won’t let ’em. UM 31, FSU 28

Oct. 15 North Carolina (TBA)

The Tar Heels throttled the Canes 59-21 in Chapel Hill last season and still have enough firepower around to score plenty. UM 34, UNC 31.

Oct. 20 at Virginia Tech, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Five days is not a lot of time to prepare for a Thursday night game in Blacksburg, and this is where the Canes’ run of perfection ends. Va. Tech 26, UM 23

Oct. 29 at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (NBC)

Miami’s first trip to South Bend since 1990 should feature two nationally ranked teams with something to play for. Expect a classic. Notre Dame 27, UM 24

Nov. 5 Pittsburgh (TBA)

Panthers are a good squad, but the Canes should beat them for the 18th time in the past 20 meetings. UM 35, Pitt 17

Nov. 12 at Virginia (TBA)

Canes haven’t won in Charlottesville since 2008 and are 2-4 there all time. Expect another struggle but a Canes win. UM 20, Virginia 17

Nov. 19 at N.C. State (TBA)

The Wolfpack, coming off a 7-6 season, has a weak secondary and is primed to get lit up by Kaaya. UM 38, N.C. State 21

Nov. 26 Duke (TBA)

Miami won’t need a miracle finish this time to lock up its first Coastal Division crown. UM 41, Duke 21