Miami football schedule sets up for 5-0 start

Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 1, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The 48-33 win on Saturday over Texas A&M, sets up the Miami football team to begin the season 5-0. Miami will be a significant favorite to beat Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night, win at Temple on September 23 and after their bye week to defeat Georgia Tech in the ACC opener on October 7.

The ESPN Football Power Index projects the Miami football team with a 99 percent chance to defeat Bethune-Cookman, a 95.8 percent chance to win at Temple and an 89.7 percent chance to defeat Georgia Tech. The FPI projected Miami at the beginning of the game versus Texas A&M with a 54.7 percent chance to win per the FPI.

No point spread has been posted for Bethune-Cookman and Miami yet. With the Hurricanes hosting the Wildcats on Thursday night, expect the point spread to be posted at the beginning of the week. Miami covered as a 16.5-point favorite in week one versus Miami (Ohio) and a 4.5-point underdog versus Texas A&M.

Bethune-Cookman is 1-1 after beginning the season with a 56-14 loss at Memphis and defeating Savannah State 31-6 on Saturday. Miami is 6-0 all-time versus Bethune-Cookman after a 70-13 win over the Wildcats last season. Bethune-Cookman has never scored more than 14 versus Miami and has been shut out twice.

Miami leads the all-time series with Temple 13-1. Temple won the inaugural game versus Miami 34-0 in 1930. The majority of the games between Miami and Temple occurred when both were in the Big East from 1991 through 2004. The closest margin was a 44-21 Miami win during the 2002 season.

Miami leads the all-time series with Georgia Tech 14-13. The Hurricanes defeated the Yellow Jackets 35-14 last season in Atlanta and 33-30 at Hard Rock Stadium in 2021. The win over Georgia Tech in 2021 broke a two-game losing streak to the Yellow Jackets. Last season was the one Kamren Kinchens had three interceptions.

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Miami needs to build on the momentum after the win over Texas A&M. The Hurricanes lost too frequently in 2022 in games they were prohibitive favorites. Miami is projected to finish 10-2 by the FPI including a predicted win over Clemson. For now, Miami needs to focus on Bethune-Cookman on Thursday night.