Miami football begins September 10 against UAB as only game nationally

MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 21: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 21: (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The 2020 Miami football schedule that was announced Thursday morning by the ACC has the Hurricanes beginning the season as the only game nationally on September 10.

The Miami football program begins the 2020 season in their only non-conference game against UAB as the only game nationally on September 10. The Hurricanes and Blazers were initially scheduled to play a week later. The revised college football schedules had two Miami non-conference games canceled before the ACC release.

Miami was scheduled to play at Michigan State September 26 before the Big 10 canceled all of their non-conference games for the 2020 season. The Hurricanes game September 12 against Wagner was canceled when the Northeast Conference in which the Seahawks are a member postponed all fall sports for 2020.

Miami chose to play UAB in their sole non-conference game over Temple who the Hurricanes were scheduled to open the 2020 season against. Miami has a home and home with the Owls and is scheduled to play in Philadelphia in 2023. Both UAB and Temple are quality Group of Five teams.

Being able to open their 2020 season on national television as the only game can benefit the Miami football program with a good performance. The last time the Hurricanes played they had an embarrassing 14-0 loss to Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl as one of only two bowls played on December 26.

The Hurricanes inexcusably bring a two-game losing streak against Group of Five teams into their season opener against UAB. That should make it easy for head coach Manny Diaz to have the Hurricanes players’ attention. Miami barely defeated Central Michigan 17-12 in their other game in 2019 against a Group of Five opponent.

Next. Miami opens season with UAB, FSU in Sept, Clemson in Oct. dark

No one, (fans, media, players or staff members) associated with the Miami football program should take UAB lightly and expect an easy win. UAB is 26-15 under head coach Bill Clark since returning from a two-year hiatus for their football program. The Blazers were 9-5 in 2019 and lost in the Conference USA Championship game to FAU.