Miami Football vs. Appalachian State: injury, game and broadcast information

BOONE, NC - SEPTEMBER 17: (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Miami football team will host Appalachian State in its home opener on Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami lost its season opener 44-13 against Alabama at Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The Hurricanes defeated the Mountaineers 45-10 in their only meeting in 2016.

Appalachian State won their season opener 33-19 against East Carolina in Charlotte last Thursday. The Mountaineers enter the game with the Miami football team having won their last two games against Power Five opponents. Appalachian State defeated North Carolina and South Carolina in 2019.

The Mountaineers also took Penn State to overtime in 2018 before losing 45-38. Miami will hope to recover with their up-tempo offense and try to force Appalachian State quarterback Chase Brice into turnovers. Brice led the country in turnovers in 2020 with 15 interceptions and six lost fumbles.

Miami QB D’Eriq King hopes to rebound from an uncharacteristic three turnovers last week against Alabama. King threw two interceptions last week for just the fifth time in his collegiate career. Expect the Miami offense to have more success this weekend. Both teams have minimal injuries entering Saturday.

"Miami (FL) vs. App State Injury UpdatesMiami (FL) InjuriesMike Harley WR Harley is questionable with upper body QuestionableLarry Hodges TE is out with suspensionAvantae Williams safety is out with suspensionJaylan Knighton RB is out with suspensionApp State InjuriesDaetrich Harrington RB is out with undisclosed"

Harley was cleared to play earlier this week. Hodges is out with a two-game suspension, Williams is out for the first six games of the 2021 season and Knighton four. Harrington missed the last six games of the 2020 season with a foot injury. It is not known when Harrington is expected to return for Appalachian State.

None of the injuries should have a big impact on the outcome on Saturday. Miami Northwestern alum Nate Noel and Camerun Peoples have replaced Harrington at running back and both ran for over 100 yards in the season opener. Harley being expected to play is a big boost for the Miami football team on Saturday.

"Appalachian State at Miami football Game Information:Date: Saturday, Sept. 11Time: 7 p.m.TV: ESPNULocation: Miami Gardens, Fla.Venue: Hard Rock StadiumCapacity: 64,767National Rankings:App State: 15 pts in Coaches, 1 pt in AP PollMiami: #22 in AP Poll, #24 in Coaches PollSeries History: Miami leads 1-02016: Miami 45, App State 10 (in Boone)Courtesy App State Sports"

Miami fell eight spots in both polls after being ranked 14th in the Associated Press Preseason top 25 and 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Under others receiving votes, Appalachian State would be ranked 48th in the AP Poll and 42nd in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Mountaineers received four points in the preseason poll.

"Broadcast Information:ESPNUClay Matvick, Play-by-PlayRocky Boiman, AnalystTiffany Blackmon, SidelineAppalachian State at Miami can be streamed live on FuboTVFlagship Radio (560 WQAM)• Joe Zagacki (play-by-play)• Don Bailey, Jr. (color)• Josh Darrow (sideline)Spanish Radio (Unanimo Deportes)• Alfredo Alvarez (play-by-play)• Jose Martinez (color)"

Saturday is the second of at least three straight games on the “ESPN family of networks.” The Hurricanes will appear on ABC or ESPN with a noon kickoff next week against Michigan State. Miami will also host Virginia on Thursday September 30 on ESPN with a 7:30 PM ET kickoff.

Next. Miami Appalachian State betting lines out. dark

Appalachian State is a challenging home opener for Miami. After opening as a eight point favorite, Miami has been bet up to 9.5 at WynnBet where you can make your wager here. The over/under between the Hurricanes and Mountaineers remains at 54.5. Miami will likely be favored in every home game this season.