Miami football nationally displayed on ESPN College Gameday from Louisville

The Miami football game at Louisville on Saturday will be the featured game on ABC in Primetime and on ESPN Gameday earlier in the day.

The Miami football program has a great opportunity to showcase themselves on Saturday in their game at Louisville and during ESPN College Gameday. The iconic Saturday morning pregame show to preview the day in college football will be live from Louisville to discuss the Hurricanes and Cardinals and preview the day.

Miami was the first Power Five team to play in the revised 2020 schedule. The Hurricanes defeated UAB on 31-14 their season opener. Louisville won their season opener 35-21 over in-state rival Western Kentucky on Saturday night. Miami and Louisville are playing for a second straight season.

The meetings in back to back seasons by the Hurricanes and Cardinals is rare for the cross-division ACC rivals. Louisville normally competes in the ACC Atlantic Division and Miami is in the Coastal Division. ACC divisions have been suspended this season after the schedules were remade because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami defeated Louisville 52-27 last season in a dominant performance by the Hurricanes offense. The Miami offense had a dominant rushing performance against UAB with 337 yards, but the passing game needs to continue to develop in the first season under new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

Miami is appearing on College Gameday for the 22nd time. The last Miami football game featured on College Gameday was the 2019 season opener against Florida in Orlando. Miami last hosted College Gameday on campus in 2017 when they played Notre Dame in the ABC Primetime Game of the Week.

Five of the seven players that scored touchdowns against Louisville return in 2020. Quarterback D’Eriq King will make his ACC debut against the Cardinals on Saturday night. King has had success in four previous games against Power Five schools while at Houston.

King completed 54.4 percent of his passes for 972 yards 12 touchdowns, no interceptions and 138.2 passer rating and added 52 carries for 281 yards and six TDs rushing. Against UAB, King completed 15 passes in 23 attempts for 141 yards, one TD and no interceptions and ran 12 times for 83 yards and a TD.

King was mostly as good as advertised. As previously stated the passing game needs work. The Miami football team will receive a national perspective from host Reece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit who appears Gameday and is the ABC Primetime Game analyst, Desmond Howard, Chris Fallica and Lee Corso on Saturday morning.

Being the focus on Gameday can only help the Miami football team in their quest to return to being a national college football program. The Hurricanes are playing at Cardinal Stadium in 2014 in the ACC debut for Louisville and the first college game and start for Miami all-time leading passer Brad Kaaya.

Louisville cruised to a 31-13 victory. Miami was not scheduled to play at Louisville again until 2026 in the rotation with ACC Atlantic teams. The Hurricanes play Florida State every season in their crossover rivalry game. The other six teams in the Atlantic are rotated every season but this year with the revised schedule.