After a one week hiatus because of Hurricane Irma, the Miami Hurricanes Rooting Guide is back. However, unfortunately not will a full ACC slate. With Miami and Florida State now playing in October, here is who you should root for in week three.
Saturday, September 15
#9 Oklahoma State at Pittsburgh, 12:00 PM (ESPN)
The Panthers were able to knockoff Penn State and Clemson last year as time expired, but this season’s Pitt team isn’t the same. Penn State manhandled Pittsburgh last week, but the Panthers don’t have time to weep as they go back up against a top-10 team in Oklahoma State. Ideally, Hurricanes’ fans want Pitt to win, but that seems a little out there. The Cowboys have looked strong through the first two weeks, but maybe cinderella could strike at home. Root on Pitt to represent the ACC and build up the résumé with the Canes set to face the Panthers on Nov. 24.
Connecticut at Virginia, 12:00 PM (ESPN 2)
Another opponent Miami plays later in the season (Nov. 18) who is off to a 1-1 start. The Cavaliers are playing their third straight home game on Saturday against a UCONN team that hasn’t played since Aug. 31 (Irma). With the Hurricanes matching up with Virginia later in the season, Miami fans should be cheering on UVA in this matinee on ESPN 2.
Furman at NC State, 12:20 PM (ACC Network)
The Wolfpack are supposed own one of the best defensive fronts in the ACC (similarly to Miami). Furman stands as NC State’s last warmup game before facing off against Florida State next week. The Pack should take care of business at home and Canes’ fans should be content with that. NC State’s game this week doesn’t have too much of an impact on Miami, but we know who Canes’ fans will be rooting for next week when the Wolfpack visit Florida State.
Baylor at Duke, 12:30 PM (ACC Network)
Baylor has struggled and Duke has thrived this season. The Bears are off to its worst start since 2003 and are making a change under center this week. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Blue Devils are emerging as a dark horse to win the Coastal and prevent the Canes from making the ACC Championship. With Duke scheduled to host Miami on Sept. 29, go Devils in this week’s matchup against the Bears.
Utah State at Wake Forest, 3:00 PM (ACC Network)
THE WAKE FOREST DEMON DEACONS ARE TIED FOR FIRST IN THE ATLANTIC. Okay, we can just relax for now because only three four teams in the ACC have played so far. However, Wake Forest has potential. Although they have played Presbyterian and visited Boston College, they have showcased a stingy defense through two games (8.5 PPG). The Deacons should take care of business at home and Miami fans will be fine with that. Wake Forest won’t really impact the Canes’ season this year besides playing spoiler. The Demon Deacons have a tough ACC Slate and will be there for the ride.
#16 Virginia Tech at East Carolina, 3:30 PM (CBS Sports Network)
Virginia Tech has solidified themselves as Miami’s top competition in the Coastal. With a week one victory over West Virginia, the Hokies are ranked one slot ahead of the Canes. Va. Tech should handle East Carolina with ease and that will keep VT undefeated. Time to root on Virginia Tech for one of the last times this season.
North Carolina at Old Dominion, 3:30 PM (Regional Only)
No Mitchell Trubisky, no problem right? WRONG. The Tarheels are off to an 0-2 start after suffering close defeats at home to both Cal and Louisville. Look for UNC to bounce back on the road against Old Dominion. With Miami scheduled to visit Chapel Hill in late October, Canes’ fans will be cheering on for North Carolina for another week.
Central Michigan at Syracuse, 3:30 PM (ACC Network)
This isn’t basketball, but MIDDLE TENNESSEE beat Syracuse at home last week. Miami is rooting against Cuse on the basketball recruiting trails in regard to dynamic guard Jalen Carey, but Canes’ fans should be sticking with the Orange against Central Michigan. Syracuse visits Oct. 21 and as you’ve seen across our first two editions this year, when ACC opponents are playing out of conference, go ACC. Therefore, go Orange his week.
Notre Dame at Boston College, 3:30 PM (ESPN)
Is Notre Dame in the ACC yet? Nope. However, the Irish are a very interesting team this season. Coming off a one-point loss at Georgia, Notre Dame will most likely wallop Boston College and Miami will be just fine with that. The Hurricanes face Notre Dame at home on Nov. 11. Historically, it is hard for the Convicts to root for the Catholics, but go Irish this week. Allow Notre Dame to rack up the ACC victories before that pre-Thanksgiving matchup with the Canes.
#3 Clemson at #14 Louisville, 8:00 PM (ABC)
Above and beyond the game of the week regardless of conference. A rematch of a thriller from last year and it shouldn’t disappoint this year. The Tigers and Cardinals will be in a dogfight for the Atlantic title this year along with Florida State. Get your popcorn ready and sit back to watch a very entertaining game. This battle will give Miami some tape on two of the top teams in the nation if they face either of them in the ACC Championship game. But for now, enjoy the wonders of this college football delight.
Another week for Miami to regroup after Hurricane Irma. The Canes will host Toledo on Sept. 23 at Hard Rock Stadium after a 21 day layoff, but for now it is time to just sit back and watch.