In light of next season's match-up against the Gators, a future match-up against Nebraska and the historically bad attendance at Sun Life Stadium, with exception to match-ups against FSU, I wondered if the Hurricanes and the Orange Bowl Committee have considered marketing Miami's 1st regular season home game as a major kick-off to start the season against BCS caliber opponents.
It would be similar to the Chick-fi-A Kickoff and/or the Cowboy Classic, with the difference being Miami playing every year a high-profile team from the B1G, SEC, Pac-12 and Big 12. They could begin by lining up historic rivals/opponents like Notre Dame, Texas, Nebraska (as pictured below), Ohio State (although this has already happened), Penn State, Washington and Southern California. The partnership would be between Miami and Orange Bowl executives to market the game to TV executives at either ESPN or CBS.
I don't know about you guys, but I think this would be a great way kick-off the season with a buzz and market the brand of Miami to all parts of the United States and also give visiting fans a major bowl-game experience in Miami, in the event they don't have one at the end of the season. Besides, with the BCS 4-Team Playoff around the corner, now maybe the time for schools across the Power-5 to look at ways of strengthening their s""chedule. We could be on the cusp of "pre-season" bowl games of this caliber becoming the deciding factor as to who gets in a playoff and who gets out.
All I know is this, this would be awesome in setting the stage for the magic to return to this storied program. GO CANES!