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Miami Hurricanes’ 2019 Football Schedule Announced

Mark your calendars and make your plans!

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On Wednesday afternoon, the Atlantic Coast Conference released the 2019 schedule for its member teams.

When you combine the now-released ACC schedule with the already-reported and announced non-conference schedule, the entire slate for the Hurricanes in 2019 is now known. Here’s how the schedule breaks down: (games are on Saturdays unless otherwise noted)

Game 1: “Neutral site” vs Florida Gators in Orlando, FL, August 31, 2019

The Canes and Gators renew their on-field rivalry for the first time in several years. This is due mainly to the fact that the Gators stopped ducking Miami for once, setting the stage for this year’s game. While not at either team’s home field, let’s not kid ourselves about this being a “neutral site”; this is very much going to be a pro-UF crowd in Orlando, just a short drive from Gainesville in UF centric Central Florida.

But, that matters not. This is a hated opponent who will surely give their best, as will the Canes. A big early test for Manny Diaz’s tenure in Coral Gables.

Game 2: Away at North Carolina Tar Heels, September 7, 2019

Miami is riding a 2 game win streak against the Tar Heels after coming from behind to beat them in 2017 and blowing them out on a Thursday night at home last year. Now, the Canes travel back to Chapel Hill to face old/new coach Mack Brown in his return to the sideline after many years as a studio analyst for ESPN. This is a Coastal Division game, so full attention must be given.

Game 3: Home vs Bethune Cookman Wildcats, September 14, 2019

This year’s HBCU sacrificial lamb is MEAC favorite Bethune Cookman. The Wildcats have played the Canes several times recently, losing 41-13 in 2017, and 45-0 in 2015. BCU brings a big crowd, as many players on the team are from South Florida. And, the main attraction of the day is the Wildcat Marching Band, one of the best around.

That’s cool and everything, but this is sure to be another blowout win for the Canes.

Game 4: Home vs Central Michigan Chippewas, September 21, 2019

Much like Bethune Cookman is the HBCU team of the year on the schedule, the Central Michigan is the MAC team of the year on the schedule. Coming off a 1-11 season, the Chippewas aren’t anybody’s powerhouse. But they are trying to get things going in the right direction with a new head coach: former Florida coach Jim McElwain. There are some local SoFLA players on the roster, and one might even be the QB for the Chips as freshman Daniel Richardson, who played at both Booker T. Washington and Carol City, will try to find his way onto the field for CMU. But, like the Bethune Cookman game, this one should be purely academic as the Canes far outmatch the Chips.

BYE WEEK #1 - September 28 weekend

Game 5: Home vs Virginia Tech Hokies, October 5, 2019

If the FSU is the marquee game of the year every year, then VT is a clear cut #2 (kickoff classic matchups notwithstanding). Justin Fuente’s team handed Miami their worst loss in 2016, and Mark Richt’s team returned the favor in 2017 and 2018.

While other teams will fight and scratch to make an impact over the course of the season, this is the game that will likely decide the ACC Coastal Division Championship. And you KNOW VT is gonna be hype after the consecutive beatings Miami has laid on them, and wants to show that last year’s young defense has grown up.

Game 6: Home vs Virginia Cavaliers, FRIDAY, October 11, 2019

Miami did everything they could to give away the game at Virginia last year, and Virginia let them.

Now Virginia comes to SoFLA and Miami will not be playing these same kind of personnel or scheme games. Revenge.

Game 7: Home vs Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, October 19, 2019

In the past, I would talk about how much I hate playing Georgia Tech every year. But, GT did everyone a favor and fired/parted ways with Paul Johnson, so that means his 1873 offense is gone from the schedule. Now, new coach Geoff Collins, formerly Temple’s head coach, will lead the Yellow Jackets in to Hard Rock Stadium to face the Canes. Another coach in his 1st year at his current job, but this one has the added wrinkle of COMPLETELY revamping GT’s program and identity. Should be interesting.

Game 8: Away at Pittsburgh Panthers, October 26, 2019

The ACC has tried to make Miami-Pitt during Rivalry Week “a thing”. It’s not “a thing”, it’s just the last game on the regular season schedule. Or, at least it was. Because the ACC FINALLY MOVED THIS GAME OFF THE LAST WEEK OF THE YEAR!! THANK YOU FOR NOT TRYING TO MAKE FETCH HAPPEN ANYMORE!!!

But it is an ACC Coastal Division game, and we’ve seen Pitt derail undefeated seasons for Miami and Clemson in recent years, so let’s not take this game lightly. Let’s go into Heinz Field and lay the smackdown on these bums from the opening kickoff until the final gun.

Game 9: Away at Florida State Seminoles, November 2, 2019

Miami is also riding a 2 game winning streak against the rival Noles following Darrell Langham’s game-winning TD from Malik Rosier at Doak Campbell Stadium in 2017

And Brevin Jordan’s game-winning TD from N’Kosi Perry at Hard Rock Stadium in 2018.

This is simple. This is the biggest game of the year. Every year. Period.

Mark you calendars and start the countdown.

Game 10: Home vs Louisville Cardinals, November 9, 2019

After a very, very disappointing 2018 season (yes, teams other than Miami had them), Lousiville parted ways with multiple-time coach Bobby Petrino. Enter former Applachian State coach Scott Satterfield to the Cards. Satterfield is a good coach and developer, and is clearly stepping up from his previous job, where his Mountaineers were demolished by the Canes 45-10 in 2016. This will be a good test for 2 teams with new coaches trying to get things going in the right direction.

BYE WEEK #2 - November 16th weekend

Game 11: away at FIU Panthers, November 23, 2019

This local matchup is back for another year, with the Panthers hosting the game this time around. The main/only interesting thing here: FIU recently announced the game will be played at Marlins Park. Yanno, the exact location where the iconic Orange Bowl, Miami’s former home stadium, once stood. So that will be “fun”. Or something.

Game 12: Away at Duke Blue Devils, November 30, 2019

Last season admist the slide and horrible play seen from the Canes, Duke came to South Florida and beat Miami in their home stadium for the first time since 1964.

This year’s game is about payback and reminding Duke who’s boss. Revenge all the way.

Miami has a huge homestand in the middle of the season before closing with 4 of the last 5 on the road. And, with Florida in game 1 and Florida State in game 9, there are tentpoles along the way as well.

There is no Miami Hurricanes Thursday Night game this year, which is kind of odd. ESPN does big ratings with the Canes on a Thursday, so I’m surprised we don’t have a game that night this season. There is another Friday night special, this time at home against Virginia in the middle of the year.

If you like charts, here’s one with the schedule

Miami Hurricanes 2019 Football Schedule

Week Game Date
Week Game Date
1 vs Florida in Orlando August 31st
2 @ North Carolina September 7
3 Bethune Cookman September 14
4 Central Michigan September 21
5 BYE WEEK September 28
6 Virginia Tech October 5
7 Virginia - FRIDAY October 11
8 Georgia Tech October 19
9 @ Pittsburgh October 26
10 @ Florida State November 2
11 Louisville November 9
12 BYE WEEK November 16
13 vs FIU at Marlins Park November 23
14 @ Duke November 30

and here it is in tweet form from UM

So there you have it. The 2019 Miami Hurricanes Football Schedule is set in stone. Love it? Hate it?

Which game(s) are you most looking forward to? Hop in the comments and let’s talk.

Go Canes