On Saturday afternoon (while I was taking a nap so I’m late getting this up here), the ACC announced the upcoming game featuring the Miami Hurricanes at the Wake Forest Demon Deacons has been postponed due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing at Wake Forest.
Here is the official release on the postponement from the Atlantic Coast Conference:
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) - The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that the Miami at Wake Forest football game has been postponed. The game was scheduled to be played on Saturday, December 5.
The postponement follows positive tests, subsequent quarantining, and contact tracing within the Wake Forest football team. The team is adhering to the outlined protocols within the ACC Medical Advisory Group report, which is available on theACC.com (full report).
As was previously announced, the 2020 ACC Football scheduling model includes 11 games (10 conference plus one non-conference), played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. Through games of Nov. 21, the ACC has played 69 of its 78 scheduled games (88.5 percent). Six of those games have been rescheduled, one non-conference opponent was replaced, one game was canceled and one game was postponed. There have been several changes to the last four weeks of the schedule that can be found on theACC.com.
Following the announcement of this postponement, multiple beat writers, including Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, Manny Navarro of The Athletic, and Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, reported that the ACC is looking into finding a replacement opponent for Miami this upcoming weekend.
... UM tells me that ACC is looking at potential options for UM to play different opponent next weekend but it's not at point where UM expects this definitely will happen. They believe it could happen but too soon to say if likely will happen.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) November 28, 2020
AP Source: The ACC is considering options to find a new opponent for Miami next weekend. The Hurricanes' game at Wake Forest, scheduled for Dec. 5, will not be played because of coronavirus issues in the Wake program.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 28, 2020
FYI, in the event Miami wants to find another opponent for Dec. 5, ACC already set a precedent earlier this season for a team to play a second out of conference opponent if it could find one. LOU and Pitt are the only ACC teams not playing that weekend. Canes have played both https://t.co/VyPyRtCG6W— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) November 28, 2020
At 7-1, Miami is having a strong season on the field. However, the Canes have been off from game action for the last 2 weeks due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing within the Miami program. Next week’s game would be Miami’s return to game action, but that won’t happen against Wake Forest.
As stated above, the ACC is looking into finding a replacement team for Miami to play next weekend. And, as noted by Navarro, that could end up being a 2nd non-conference game, as the ACC has set that precedent with other teams this season.
Most notably and loudly (on twitter, at least) has been an apparent push of interest from the BYU Cougars to be the team that Miami plays this week.
That’s the BYU OL coach, a Miami native, tweeting at Manny Diaz for those wondering.
It would be an interesting game, as both Miami and BYU are top 15 teams in the CFP rankings, both are having a strong 2020 season with 1 loss between them combined, and both have star power at QB — BYU’s Zach Wilson and Miami’s D’Eriq King.
Though there is apparent interest from BYU, nothing has been set with them, or any other team, for Miami to play this upcoming weekend.
Many around the Canes program are confident that a replacement opponent for Miami will be found and scheduled, but the details of who that team is and where the game will be played will be sorted out in the coming days.
So expect Miami to return to the field on December 5th. It just won’t be in Winston-Salem, NC against Wake Forest.