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GAME THREAD: Miami Hurricanes open 2017 season against Bethune Cookman

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The Miami Hurricanes open the season today against Bethune Cookman.

Here’s our Game Preview.

Here’s our Matchup of the Week.

Here’s our ACC Rooting Guide.

Here’s our interview with PxP broadcaster Wes Durham.

Here’s our picks from around the CFB world for this week.

Here are the game notes from Miami Athletics:


• The #18/#18 Miami Hurricanes kick off the 2017 season against Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium on Sept. 2, 2017 at 12:30 p.m.

• The Hurricanes open their 10th season at newly renovated Hard Rock Stadium this fall; Miami holds a perfect 9-0 all-time mark

in home openers at the stadium, having outscored opponents 382-56 for an average margin of victory of 36.2 points.

• The game will be broadcast on RSN with Wes Durham (play by play), James Bates (color) and Rebecca Kaple (sideline). Joe Zagacki

(pxp) and partner Don Bailey, Jr. (color) return to the 560 WQAM radio booth for their 16th season together on the call, while Josh

Darrow will handle sideline duties. Jose “Chamby” Campos (pxp) and Jose Martinez (color) are broadcasting on 990AM ESPN Deportes.


• Miami is 3-0 all-time against the Wildcats and will be opening its season against Bethune-Cookman for the fourth time; Miami won

its three previous season openers against Bethune-Cookman in 2011 (45-14), 2012 (38-10) and 2015 (45-0).


• For the first time since 2010, Miami enters the season ranked by both the Associated Press (#18) and in the Amway Coaches Poll (#18).

• The Hurricanes were picked to win the ACC’s Coastal Division in a media poll at the 2017 ACC Football Kickoff in Charlotte, N.C., in late July.

• Leading statistical returners include junior running back Mark Walton (1,117 rushing yards, 14 rush TDs), sophomore wide receiver

Ahmmon Richards (49 receptions, 934 yards, 3 TDs), sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman (84 tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss) and

sophomore defensive lineman Joe Jackson (8.5 sacks).


• Bethune-Cookman is under the direction of third-year head coach Terry Sims, who has compiled a 13-8 mark in his first two seasons. Sims

was an assistant coach on the Wildcats staff for the previous five seasons before taking over prior to 2015.

• The Wildcats, who were picked to finish fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) in the preseason conference poll, feature

preseason All-MEAC selections wide receiver Frank Brown (439 receiving yards) and safety Diquan Richardson (60 tackles, four INTs).


• Miami is beginning its second season under the direction of head coach Mark Richt; in his first season at the helm, the Hurricanes finished

with a 9-4 record and won their first bowl game since 2006 with a 31-14 victory over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

• Richt, who grew up in nearby Boca Raton, Fla., played quarterback as a student-athlete at Miami and is a 1982 graduate of the university,

was named the 24th head coach in the history of the Hurricanes football program on Dec. 4, 2015.

• In 15 seasons as head coach at the University of Georgia, Richt compiled a 145-51 overall record and an 85-40 record in Southeastern

Conference play. He won two SEC Championships, six SEC East titles and nine bowl games. Richt ranks sixth in active FBS wins with 154.

And now, the fun begins. Hop in the comments and discuss the game. Tell jokes. Have some fun. And celebrate what should be a blowout win.

Go Canes.