The Miami Hurricanes look to bounce back in 2020 after a disappointing 2019 season, finishing 6-7, ending the season on a three-game losing streak to FIU, Duke, and LA Tech.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes released their 2020 schedule.
The Hurricanes 2019 season was a joke, and Head Coach Manny Diaz has recognized it. Diaz has made some big moves so far this offseason, with some big name additions.
Stud DE transfer from Temple Quincy Roche joins a top 20 defense in the country, led by Gregory Rousseau, who was 2nd in the nation in sacks.
Let’s take an in-depth look at the Miami Hurricanes 2020 Schedule.
EASE INTO THE NEW SEASON
Miami starts the 2020 season at the Hard Rock Stadium versus the Temple Owls. The Owls come off of an 8-5 season , but have lost a lot of talent to graduation and the transfer portal. Most notably 2019 AAC Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Roche. Manny Diaz also faces his former team, when he rejoined Miami after 13 days at Temple.
Temple is one of the better G5 teams, and could help Miami prepare for the better Power 5 teams they face this season. For one, this is a much easier season opener compared to last season, when the Hurricanes faced the Florida Gators.
This will be Canes fans first look at Rhett Lashlee’s spread-offense and grad transfer D’Eriq King’s debut for the Orange and Green.
BUILDING RECORD EARLY
Following the season opener versus Temple, the Canes face their annual FCS opponent, Wagner, which will be an easy win. Following that, Miami faces UAB. The Dragons come off a 9-5 season, making it a good test for the Hurricanes early.
Miami faces Michigan State In week 4 in their first test of the season. MSU comes off a mediocre season, where they finished 7-6. MSU also lose their three-year starting quarterback Brian Lewerke, but you can never underestimate the Spartans. Miami travels to East-Lansing, a hostile environment that will truly test the Hurricanes four weeks into the season.
BIG ACC GAMES
The Hurricanes start off ACC play at home against Pittsburgh. Miami beat Pitt off a miracle last season in a final drive led by Jarren Williams. Miami put themselves in a hole early as N’Kosi Perry failed to move the ball against a mediocre Pitt team. Hopefully Miami can ease this one out.
Following Pitt, Miami faces Coastal rival Wake Forest. The Deamon Deacons lost their starting quarterback Jamie Newman to Georgia, so Wake will head into this one inexperienced. This game is on a Friday, so look for Wake to ‘hype up” this one as they could use a win over Miami.
Am I crazy, or could Miami actually start 6-0.
BIGGEST WEEK OF THE SEASON
Week 7 will be the biggest week of the season for the Hurricanes. A bye week. That’s their biggest week.
Miami gets a week of rest after 6 straight weeks of games, but bye weeks did not treat the Canes well last season. Flashbacks to Georgia Tech and FIU, horrible losses to horrible teams, off of bye weeks.
Miami only has one bye week this season, so this comes perfectly in the middle of the season.
6 STRAIGHT ACC GAMES
Following a bye week, the Canes prepare for six straight ACC contests. UM will play North Carolina, at Virginia, Florida State, and at Virginia Tech immediately after the bye.
The Hurricanes lost to 4 out of the 6 teams in the 2019 season, 3 of them being one possession losses, except for the 27-17 loss to Duke.
Once again, the ACC Coastal is wide open, and the Hurricanes have the opportunity to forget about last season and move onto bigger and better things. The schedule is pretty friendly for the Canes, with not one of their opponents winning over 10 games last season.
Coach Manny Diaz has definitely won this offseason, with recruits, transfers, and new coaches, the Hurricanes are destined to have a GREAT 2020 season.