The critics were out in full force when the ACC and SEC voted to remain playing an eight-game conference schedule, but what didn’t get as much attention as it deserved is teams from the conferences must play another team from one of the other power conferences and we could have a dandy non-conference matchup between the Miami Hurricanes and either the Alabama Crimson Tide or LSU Tigers.
According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, “Miami has been approached about opening the football season against Alabama in 2017 in Atlanta or LSU in 2018 in Arlington, Texas. Miami will consider playing in one but not both.”
Either opponent would be a marquee game for the world of college football as all of these programs are college football royalty and would obviously qualify as meeting the non-conference rule of scheduling an opponent from one of the power conferences.
LSU and Alabama would be intrigued in playing this game as both get a number of recruits from the state of Florida and playing and beating the Hurricanes would only strengthen their foothold in the south of Florida. If Miami were to win the game against one of the two SEC heavyweights it would go a long way toward bringing the program back to their once-dominant days of the past.
Per Bryan Fischer of NFL.com, a game against Alabama would take place in the Falcons new stadium which is to open prior to the start of the 2017 season and would be more likely to happen rather than LSU because Miami plays Rutgers in 2018 and a second trip to Dallas would appear to be a “long shot” for the Hurricanes.
Whether it’s LSU or Alabama, a game pitting Miami against either of those two strong programs would be one of the top games of the year and would boost the team’s strength of schedule which is supposed to play a major role in determining the teams in the College Football Playoff.
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