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Miami-Wake Forest Postponed: Who Can UM Schedule?

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The Miami Hurricanes‘ game at Wake Forest scheduled for December 5 has been postponed due to positive coronavirus tests and contract trace quarantines within the Deamon Deacons.

This potentially marks the third consecutive week in which the Hurricanes will not play a football game. Miami comes off of a two-week quarantine due to a COVID-19 outbreak amongst the team. They’re scheduled to return to practice on Monday.

The chances of UM rescheduling against Wake Forest is slim, as Miami has home games against North Carolina on December 12 and Georgia tech on December 19.

But that doesn’t mean a matchup for next week is off the table. The ACC is considering options to find a new opponent for Miami next weekend, per Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press.

With that said, here is a list of teams that Miami can/cannot face next week.

ACC teams.

Every ACC team that Miami has not faced this season — Notre Dame, UNC, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Duke and Syracuse — all have games scheduled for next week.

Unless the ACC works with its scheduling, which could include pushing back the date its December 19 Conference Championship Game, the odds of UM playing a conference opponent is unlikely.

One scenario does include Miami facing Duke, who is scheduled to play Florida State next week. The Seminoles have been dealing with a plethora of COVID-19 issues and could very well not have enough available players for a game next week.

In-state schools.

No. 6 Florida Gators: At Tennessee on December 5.

UCF Knights: No games scheduled.

FIU Panthers: At Charlotte on December 5.

Florida Atlantic: At Georgia Southern on December 5.

USF Bulls: No games scheduled but recently hosted their senior night game.

Ranked teams.

No. 14 BYU: No games scheduled.

BYU’s offensive line coach Eric Mateos, a Cuban American and Miami native, has already hinted towards a potential meeting between the Hurricanes and the Cougars.

“Sup @CoachMannyDiaz,” Mateos said on Twitter shortly after the postponement of UM-Wake was announced.

When asked if he and UM head coach Manny Diaz, who is a Cuban American, could make a “Cuban connection” and set up a matchup, Mateos replied: “If 2 Cubans can’t take care of each other in college football, no one can.”

BYU Athletic Director Tom Holmoe has made it clear that the Cougars are open to adding more games to its schedule.

“In that exploration process there are a variety of factors that need to be considered, including location prep time for the game, the chances of the game being played, the testing protocols that are in place and what the game would do for our resume,” Holmoe said.

“At this point of the season, having played nine games and being nationally ranked, we are involved in discussions for possible matchups with other teams, on common open dates, for the benefit of both teams.”

No. 7 Cincinnati: No opponent scheduled.

Born and raised in Miami, Anthony is the Editor-In-Chief of Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper. As the Founder and Owner of 305Sports, Anthony covers all Miami Sports.

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