With the FBI investigations of college basketball taking the sports world by storm, college football has flown under the radar this week. Nevertheless, as we reach week five of the football season, here is your rooting guide for the week.
Friday, September 29
#14 Miami at Duke, 7:00 PM (ESPN)
Mark Richt said earlier in the week he thinks “Fridays are for high school,” but he knows his team doesn’t have a choice. It’s Miami’s first trip to Wallace Wade Stadium since “The Return.” With the Blue Devil fans expected to be boisterous, this is no walk in the park for the Hurricanes. Duke has been dominant so far this season, starting off 4-0. However, its strength of schedule has been nothing special. Expect a competitive game in a hostile environment that is settled by about seven to 10 points. Don’t think who to root for in this one is shocking, Go Canes.
Saturday, September 30
North Carolina at Georgia Tech, 12:00 PM (ESPN 2)
Two teams Miami plays later in the season, which could make things interesting. At the beginning of the year most people viewed North Carolina as the favorite in this one, but the Tar Heels have struggled. UNC is already 0-2 in conference play while Georgia Tech is 1-0. Hurricane fans should be rooting for a road victory for North Carolina to give Miami the chance to be in first place in the Coastal after this week.
Rice at Pittsburgh, 12:00 PM (ACC Network)
A non-conference showdown featuring a dragging Conference USA team and a struggling ACC opponent. This game almost has no impact on Miami’s season, but with the Hurricanes facing Pittsburgh later in the year, Canes’ fans should be cheering on the Panthers in this noon kickoff.
Syracuse at NC State, 12:20 PM (ACC Network)
Two ACC Atlantic teams battle it out, but for Miami they should be rooting on the Orange. Although they appear to have stolen Jalen Carey away from Hurricanes’ basketball, the Canes will be rooting on Syracuse. Cuse and Miami square off in a little less than a month so root for the Orange to win in order to boost its overall standing among college football.
Central Michigan at Boston College, 1:00 PM (ACC Network)
The most riveting matchup you will see in college football this week. All kidding aside, root for the ACC in this matchup that has zero impact on Miami’s season.
Murray State at #17 Louisville, 3:30 PM (ACC Network)
With Rick Pitino stealing headlines in recent Louisville news, the Cardinals host a Murray State that stands almost no shot. U of L and Miami would only cross paths this season in the ACC Championship so this game has very little meaning to the Hurricanes. Root for another conference team in this one, Go Cards.
Florida State at Wake Forest, 3:30 PM (ABC)
Oh, FSU. The Seminoles are unranked for the first time since 2011. I don’t think any Miami fan will ever root for the Seminoles EVER, so root for the Demon Deacons to push the Noles to 0-3 with the Hurricanes and Florida State matching up next week.
#2 Clemson at #12 Virginia Tech, 8:00 PM (ABC)
The two highest ranked teams in the ACC battle on the gridiron in what might be the best matchup in college football this week. Miami fans can thank the Tigers for the firing of Al Golden, and they might want to ask for one more favor from Clemson. The Hokies seem like the biggest threat to the Hurricanes’ chances to win the Coastal crown. Root for the Tigers to put a loss under Virginia Tech’s name in the ACC standings.
With the rooting guide in place for the week, sit back, relax and enjoy the wonders of college football.