Miami football gets nearly irrelevant time slot, network at Duke

Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 5, 2020; Durham, North Carolina, USA;. Mandatory Credit: Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team will play in the nearly irrelevant 12:30 kickoff off time in the season finale at Duke on November 27. Regional sports networks will likely air the game which would probably be Bally Sports Florida. Other areas of the country will have to check your local listings. ESPN3 will likely stream the game.

Miami will kickoff at 12:30 for the second time in four weeks. The Hurricanes November 6 game against Georgia Tech was also a 12:30 kickoff and aired on regional sports networks. The 12:30 kickoff time and regional sports network telecasts are nearly an afterthought compared to the noon and 3:30 kickoff times.

Overall this is the third 12:30 kickoff and regional sports televised game for the Miami football team this season. Basically, a quarter of the Hurricanes schedule has been relegated to the least important game of that week, at least in the ACC. ABC and ESPN is rightfully airing a pair of rivalries with national relevance at noon.

Number one Georgia plays at Georgia Tech with a noon kickoff on ABC. Florida State at Florida has no national impact this season, but both programs have far greater followings than Duke and arguably Miami so they will kick off at Noon on ESPN. Four other games for the final weekend are on a six-day hold.

Wake Forest at Boston College, Kentucky at Louisville, Pitt at Syracuse and Virginia Tech at Virginia will have their game times and networks be determined no later than Sunday. The Pittsburgh at Syracuse and Virginia Tech at Virginia games could determine the outcome of the ACC Coastal Division.

Pittsburgh can clinch the Coastal with a victory over Virginia at Heinz Field on Saturday. If Virginia wins, they would have to defeat Virginia Tech the final weekend to win the Coastal. Pittsburgh last won the Coastal in 2018 and Virginia in 2019. Miami defeated the Cavaliers and Panthers in each of those seasons.

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Miami enters the penultimate weekend of the regular season 5-5 overall and 3-3 in the ACC tied with Virginia Tech for third in the ACC Coastal Divison. The Hurricanes host the Hokies on Saturday. Duke is in last place in the Coastal, 3-7 overall and 0-6 in the ACC. Miami won 48-0 at Duke in 2020.