Last week, I was reading the great piece by fellow-SOTU writer Todd Forrest, on what would be his perfect schedule for the Canes, and what programs he’d like to see Miami play. in a season. If you haven't read it yet, check it out.
Having read that however, I wanted to give my own personal list of schools I want the Hurricanes to play in the future. You’ll notice that the Alabama Crimson Tide, Florida Gators and Notre Dame Fighting Irish are not on this list, but that’s because Miami is already scheduled to play them in the future.
If you follow me on Twitter or just know me, you know that the Utes being on this list is an obvious choice. First of all, my family lives in Utah, though I grew up in South Florida 15 minutes from Hard Rock Stadium. Now, my family lives less than 2 minutes from Rice-Eccles Stadium (Utah’s stadium), all of my friends are Utes fans and go to school there, my mother went there, I myself have been to tons and tons of Utah games. So the Utes being on here is personal, and a school that not too many other Canes fans would think of when they think of dream matchups.
That being said, there are other reasons why I want to see Miami and Utah play each other. First, the Utes are a very good team, a top-10 program for that matter. This isn’t the same little Utah school that Urban Meyer turned into BCS busters with Alex Smith in 2004. They’re currently ranked eighth in the nation, and are quietly one of the most consistent teams in the country, thanks to players like South Florida natives Zack Moss and Tyler Huntley.
Last reason is because the Utes, bless their hearts, players and fans, they like to refer to Utah as “the real U.” And frankly, we can’t have that.
That certainly looked like a first game of the season. Sloppy play on both sides--turnovers and penalties galore. Miami lost that game due to a poor OL and a missed field goal--two areas of concern for Utah. Luckily, we're the real U... so we'll be fine.— Glass Half Ute. (@GlassHalfUte) August 25, 2019
Another west coast program, and yes one of the reasons they’re on this list is because it’d be easier for me to go watch the Canes play. But also, USC is one of the most legendary programs in college football history, even with a down few years. These two schools have played twice.....in 1966 and 1968.
SC and UM are similar when it comes to football. Both play near the beach, both are located in major U.S. cities, both have rich history and unfortunately both have struggled over the last decade or so. Having seen a game in the LA Memorial Coliseum, it would be pretty awesome to see the Canes play there. Also it could help Miami improve with their recruiting on the west coast.
I know that the previous meeting (lost 33-17 in 2017) or two (lost 40-3 in 2005) haven’t gone well for the Canes against these guys, but why wouldn’t you want to against the best? And right now, LSU is the best.
1. LSU— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) November 10, 2019
2. Ohio State
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I’ve also heard Baton Rouge is home to some of the best tailgating in the country, so I wouldn’t mind experiencing that. Also, Ed Orgeron is a former Miami assistant (1988-1992) so it’s always fun to force former Canes.
This is an ode to my old Canes fans (mainly my dad). Though Miami beat Penn State the last time these schools played in 2001, no Miami fan who was alive in the 80’s has forgotten the painful defeat at the hands of the Nittany Lions in 1986 Fiesta Bowl. So yeah, me putting Penn State on here is mainly just for revenge for UM fans everywhere.
Many Canes fans hate Notre Dame, Penn State, etc.— Greg Rousseau All-American (@hurricanesmarsh) September 30, 2019
For me, Va Tech is right behind FSU and UF for rivals
Again, an ode to all Canes fans, myself included. The 2003 Fiesta Bowl was the first football I distinctly remember watching with my father, and it still has an affect on me to this day. Just like Penn State and Notre Dame, Ohio State is a team that many would consider a rival for Miami outside of the typical UM rivalries.
2003 Fiesta Bowl pass interference https://t.co/jeh4fV4CyI— Greg Rousseau All-American (@hurricanesmarsh) September 24, 2019
Miami won 24-6 the last time they met with the Buckeyes in 2011. Yes, just a reminder that Al Golden beat Ohio State while coach at UM. This series would probably be near the tops of many Canes fans on future teams they’d like to play.
Another west coast team, bite me. Miami and Oregon haven’t played each other since 1958, so I think it’s time to fire this one back up again. Just like LSU, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal played and coached for the Hurricanes.
Getting to know Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal— Orlando Sanchez (@orlandokgw) December 9, 2017
1st Cuban-American D1 HC
Father came to US as Cuban exile
Nearly took job as secret service agent
2X National champ as player at Miami
National champ as asst at Bama
27-47 as HC at FIU#GoDucks #cristobALLIN pic.twitter.com/VVuei4xZMV
And Oregon, for lack of a more educated way of putting it, they’re just a cool team. Their offense, the jerseys, Nike, they’re just cool, and Miami is also cool, so let’s have two cool teams play each other. This game would also mean a lot for recruiting, after Cristobal was on South Florida sports radio several months ago talking up Oregon.