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Game Thread: 'Canes look to Cook Bethune in Opener

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Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Season is finally upon us Miami fans.

The Hurricanes open the season with Bethune Cookman (6PM EST ESPN3) in a game that they should be heavy favorites.

Can UM start the season with a convincing win? Or will BC give the 'Canes something to think about and keep it close?

Enjoy the game 'Canes fans and be sure to leave plenty of comments as you watch.

And just in case you needed a little extra pumping up:

More info (Courtesy UM):

FIVE THINGS

1. Saturday’s matchup with Bethune-Cookman begins the 90th season of Miami football.

2. UM holds a 7-0 all-time mark in home openers at Sun Life Stadium, outscoring opponents 267-53 - with an average margin of victory of 30.6 points.

3. Miami owns a 83-57-1 record against the eight different teams it has faced from the state of Florida in school history.

4. Brad Kaaya was one of only 15 quarterbacks in 2014 to throw for more than 3,000 yards, 26-or-more touchdowns and 12-or-fewer interceptions.

5. Miami ranked No. 14 nationally in total defense in 2014, allowing an average of just 329.6 yards per game - the fourth-best mark in the ACC.

HOME, SWEET HOME OPENERS

The Miami Hurricanes open their eighth season at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 5 vs. Bethune-Cookman; UM holds a 7-0 all-time in home openers at Sun Life Stadium, outscoring opponents 267-53 - with an average margin of victory of 30.6 points.

The Hurricanes have not lost a home opener since 2006, when they fell to Florida State 13-10 at the Orange Bowl (9/4/2006); Miami has won eight straight home openers since.

Since the start of the 2001 season, UM has opened seven times at home and seven times away from home; the Hurricanes are 6-1 in those home games.

Since joining the ACC prior to the 2004 season, Miami has played a conference opponent in only three of its 12 home openers: Florida State in 2004 & 2006 and Georgia Tech in 2009 - UM is 2-1 in those games.

Miami has played Bethune-Cookman twice in history (2011, 2012) but never in a home opener.

In its 2014 home opener, Miami topped Florida A&M 41-7 (9/6/2014); UM scored touchdowns on four of its first six possessions, including the first two career home TD passes for Brad Kaaya.

In the modern era of Miami Hurricanes football (since 1979), UM has opened the season at home 15 times and is 13-2 in those games, with losses coming only in 1985 and 2006. Miami is 27-9 in regular season openers dating back to the start of the 1979 season.

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