Mark Richt's Hurricanes open the season in Texas against LSU and get Florida State at home in early October
The Miami Hurricanes surprisingly began last season 10-0 as they won the ACC Coastal Division and played in their first-ever ACC Championship Game. The bad news is the Hurricanes lost their last three games, including the Orange Bowl to Wisconsin in their own stadium.
A new year brings new optimism as Miami will be looking to win the Coastal for the second straight year and their first ACC title. But first, the ‘Canes will need to navigate through their 2018 schedule.
Miami Hurricanes 2018 Schedule
Bye: Week 8
Week 1 – Sept. 2 vs. LSU (AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas)
Unlike their early season tune-up games, the Hurricanes will travel to Texas to take on the LSU Tigers. Last season, the Tigers finished the year 9-4 in Ed Oregron’s first year in Baton Rouge. LSU will likely be ranked entering this game, so this matchup should be one of the best of the first weekend.
Week 2 – Sept. 8 vs. Savannah State (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
After their challenging opening game, the Hurricanes will have their home opener against FCS opponent Savannah State. This is an excellent game to have right before the Hurricanes travel to face a quality non-Power 5 opponent.
Week 3 – Sept. 15 at Toledo (Toledo, Ohio)
Last year, the Hurricanes trailed the Rockets 16-10 at halftime at Hard Rock Stadium before ultimately winning the game 52-30. Although quarterback Logan Woodside is no longer in the program, Toledo will return many key players from the team that went 11-3 and won the MAC championship last year.
Week 4 – Sept. 22 vs. FIU (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Miami and FIU will renew their rivalry for the first time since their infamous fight back in 2007. The 2006 matchup — a 35-0 Hurricanes win — featured a benches-clearing brawl that resulted in 31 suspensions between the two teams.
FIU head coach Butch Davis, who coached Miami from 1995-2000, would certainly love to upset his former team.
Week 5 – Sept. 27 vs. North Carolina (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
The Hurricanes and the Tar Heels have played tight games against one another over the years and this season’s meeting shouldn’t be any different. Despite North Carolina finishing 2017 with a 3-9 record, the Tar Heels nearly pulled off the upset against the Hurricanes before losing 24-19.
Week 6 – Oct. 6 vs. Florida State (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Miami finally got off the schneid last season against its in-state rival, beating Florida State for the first time since 2009. With the Seminoles going through a coaching transition, the Hurricanes will attempt to make it back-to-back wins in the series for the first time since 2004.
Week 7 – Oct. 13 at Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)
One can make the argument last year’s game against Virginia was the beginning of the end for Miami. After trailing 28-14 at one point, the Hurricanes scored 30 unanswered points to defeat the Cavaliers 44-28. That would be Miami’s last win as the Hurricanes would drop their final three to end the season.
Week 9 – Oct. 26 at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
The Eagles have been known for their defense over the years, and they could give the Hurricanes an intense battle in their Friday night matchup. The Eagles finished 7-6 for the second consecutive year, including a season-ending loss to Iowa in the Pinstripe Bowl.
Week 10 – Nov. 3 vs. Duke (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
The Blue Devils usually provide a tough game for the Hurricanes. However, in last year’s game, Miami defeated Duke 31-6 in Durham. After missing a bowl game in 2016, the Blue Devils went 7-6 and tied for fourth in the Coastal last year.
Week 11 – Nov. 10 at Georgia Tech (Atlanta, Ga.)
In last year’s thrilling game, the Hurricanes trailed the Yellow Jackets 24-16 in the fourth quarter before scoring the final nine points to win 25-24. Georgia Tech finished 4-4 in the ACC but went 5-6 overall, missing out on a bowl game for the second time in three seasons.
Week 12 – Nov. 17 at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)
Arguably Miami’s biggest challenger for the ACC Coastal will be the Hokies. This year’s matchup is in Blacksburg, and that could be the critical difference. In last year’s contest in Miami, the Hurricane handled the Hokies 28-10.
Week 13 – Nov. 24 vs. Pittsburgh (Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Miami will be looking for revenge following last season’s 24-14 loss to the Panthers in the regular-season finale. That loss ended the Hurricanes’ 15-game winning streak and any chance they had of earning a spot in the College Football Playoff. It also kicked off Miami’s three-game losing streak to end the season.
— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, the Miami Herald and the Palm Beach Post and is a reporter for Pro Player Insiders. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.