Miami football versus Central Connecticut State: Game, broadcast and injury info

Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Throw out the records when the Miami football team hosts Central Connecticut State for the first time on Saturday. Miami needs to focus on itself and correct multiple problems that have arose in a shaky 1-2 start. The Hurricanes are a late Andres Borregales field goal against Appalachian State from starting 0-3.

Several lineup changes are likely to occur for Saturday. The Hurricanes announced this week that left guard Jalen Rivers is out for the season. Ousmane Traore is listed behind Rivers on the depth chart. Miami could shuffle the offensive line to move someone else to LG. That could include taking Jakai Clark out of a potential redshirt.

The other lineup change for Saturday will likely be at quarterback. D’Eriq King is extremely doubtful to play against Central Connecticut State according to head coach Manny Diaz. Second-year freshman Tyler Van Dyke has taken most of the second-team snaps in training camp and through last week.

During this week of practice, Van Dyke and true freshman Jake Garcia have shared the first-team snaps according to Diaz. Both are expected to receive extensive playing time on Saturday. Miami has to win comfortably against Central Connecticut State. The Hurricanes need to use Saturday’s game to build momentum.

"Game Information:Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, 12:30 p.m. ET | RSNMiami Gardens, Fla., Hard Rock Stadium (71,000)CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS (1-2, 1-0 NEC)HEAD COACH: Ryan McCarthy (SUNY Cortland, 2002) | CAREER: 12-4 (second season) | AT CCSU: 12-4 (second season)MIAMI HURRICANES (1-2, 0-0 ACC)HEAD COACH: Manny Diaz (Florida State, 1995) | CAREER: 15-12 (third season) | AT MIAMI: 15-12 (third)Information from official Miami football site MiamiHurricanes.Com"

Miami will also be without starting linebacker Keontra Smith who will be out through at least next week against Virginia. Waynmon Steed will start in his place. Avery Huff is expected to be the primary backup for Steed while Smith is out. Backup LB Sam Brooks is still out with a toe injury. Running Don Chaney Jr is also out for the season.

Offensively, Central Connecticut State is led offensively by running back Nasir Smith with 174 yards rushing and wide receiver Everett Wormley who has 11 receptions for 172 yards. The Blue Devils have struggled on offense and lost 56-10 to Southeastern Louisiana last weekend. Two QBs have split snaps this season.

"Broadcast information:Television (RSN-Bally Sports Florida)• Tom Werme (play by play)• Charles Arbuckle (color)• Lauren Jbara (sideline)Flagship 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)FuboTV"

Saturday is a chance for the Miami football team to regain its confidence and build momentum as they begin ACC play on September 30. The game will be televised on regional sports networks. Bally Sports Florida will be one of the carriers for Miami Central Connecticut State. Other areas have to check their local listings.

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Games are much easier to find in the era of streaming. Miami and Central Connecticut State will also be available on ESPN+. Miami has a short turnaround with Virginia next Thursday. The game against the Cavaliers will be televised nationally on ESPN. Miami has a bye after Virginia before playing at North Carolina on October 16.