The Miami Hurricanes are coming off a subpar season in 2012 where they finished 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, but a Week 1 matchup with the Florida Atlantic Owls should benefit the program immensely in 2013.
Florida Atlantic doesn’t have the personnel to hang with the Hurricanes in Friday night's opener, so it will be the ideal start to a big campaign for Miami.
This will be a matchup that both hardcore and casual college football fans alike will enjoy.
When: Friday, Aug. 30, 8 p.m. ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
TV: ESPN U
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line Over/Under: 53.5, Spread: Miami, -31.5 (via Covers.com)
Florida Atlantic Injuries (via USA Today)
No injuries to report.
Miami (FL) Injuries (via USA Today)
Hunter Wells, OL, Out for season (undisclosed)
Danny Isidora, OL, Out indefinitely (foot)
Hunter Knighton, OL, Out indefinitely (shoulder)
Deon Bush, DB, Questionable (hernia)
Top Storyline: Does Stephen Morris Make Miami a Legitimate BCS Contender?
The Hurricanes have many talented players on both sides of the ball, but few will have as much influence on how well the team performs this season as senior quarterback Stephen Morris.
After throwing for 4,868 yards, 28 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in 2012, Miami's success will be dependent on how much the gifted QB develops. As one of the best NFL-caliber quarterbacks in college football right now, per Bucky Brooks of NFL.com, Morris will have to shine against Florida Atlantic and against the best teams in the nation throughout the season.
The Hurricanes were ranked 84th in the nation in defensive last season, allowing 30.5 points per game, and no matter how well Morris plays this season, Miami will not be BCS contenders unless its stiffens up on defense.
Their Week 1 matchup is a chance for the Hurricanes to get off on the right foot on both sides of the ball.
Florida Atlantic has talent. Not to take anything away from the improvements the program has made, but the Owls are not on the same level as the Canes.
The Hurricanes are more talented in every facet of the game and that will be reflected in a lopsided final score that features a decisive Miami win.
For those looking to make a wager, this game could easily be a trap. While the under is a likely outcome, the spread is out of control. No matter how good Miami may be, take Florida Atlantic with the 31.5 points.
Final Score: Miami 34, Florida Atlantic 14