Miami football game ranked 58th out of 83 week one

Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football game versus Bethune-Cookman is rated as the 58th best out of 83 during week one of the 2022 season by Athlon Sports. Bethune-Cookman finished 2-9 overall and 2-6 in the FCS SWAC East. Miami will be a multiple touchdown favorite on Saturday versus Bethune-Cookman.

Miami defeated Bethune-Cookman 63-0 the last time the teams played in 2019. There will be a lot of emotion on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium as Mario Cristobal makes his debut as the Miami head coach. Miami and Bethune-Cookman will kick off at 3:30 PM ET on the ACC Network and the Hurricanes’ flagship radio station WQAM.

The season opener versus an FCS opponent is the first for the Miami football program since defeating Bethune-Cookman 41-13 in the 2017 season opener. In three of the last four years, Miami has opened the season with losses to an SEC opponent. The exception was a 31-14 win over UAB to begin the 2020 season.

Bethune-Cookman lost both of its games versus FBS opponents in 2021. Texas-El Paso defeated Bethune-Cookman 38-28 in the 2021 season opener for the Wildcats. Central Florida beat B-C 63-14 a week later. Bethune-Cookman traditionally does not fare well versus FBS opponents.

"58. Bethune-Cookman at Miami – Saturday, Sept. 3 at 3:30 p.m. ET“Mario Cristobal’s debut at Miami shouldn’t be in doubt for too long. FCS Bethune-Cookman went 2-9 last year, and the Hurricanes will be highly motivated behind quarterback Tyler Van Dyke to make a statement in the ’22 opener.”"

Miami has dominated B-C in five meetings between 2011 and 2019. The Hurricanes have won those five games by an average margin of 46.4 to 9.25. Miami is the only FBS opponent for B-C in 2022. The Hurricanes should have extensive opportunities to play multiple players in the season opener.

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After Van Dyke gets his reps in on Saturday backup QBs Jake Garcia, Jacurri Brown and Peyton Matocha will have a chance to get reps in game competition. It could be the only snaps for Brown and Matocha this season. Garcia should receive snaps in week two against Southern Mississippi.