Miami vs. Florida A&M - 9/3/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida A&M Rattlers (0-1) at Miami Hurricanes (8-5)
College Football: Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 6:00 pm (Sun Life Stadium)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -55 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida A&M Rattlers and Miami Hurricanes open their season Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium.
The Florida A&M Rattlers have nowhere to go but up after winning just one game last season. Kenneth Coleman returns at quarterback after throwing for 607 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Norwood and Montavius Williams return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,000 yards and three touchdowns while Kareem Smith had 17 receptions. The Florida A&M Rattlers ground game averaged 76.6 yards per contest last season and Devin Bowers returns after racking up 430 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Florida A&M allowed 33.5 points and 469 yards per game. Jacques Bryant returns after 75 tackles, Curtis Alexander had 8.5 tackles for loss and Jules Dornevil had six pass deflections.
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The Miami Hurricanes begin a new era under head coach Mark Richt and hope to get the program back on track. Brad Kaaya returns at quarterback after throwing for 3,200 yards and 16 touchdowns. Stacy Coley and David Njoku return at wide receiver after combining for more than 1,000 yards and five touchdowns while Standish Dobard had eight receptions. The Miami Hurricanes ground game averaged 119 yards per contest last season and Joseph Yearby returns after racking up 1,000 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Miami allowed 28.2 points and 404 yards per game. Jermaine Grace returns after 79 tackles, Al-Quadin Muhammad had five sacks and Rayshawn Jenkins had three interceptions.
I'm tempted to take the points simply because Florida A&M has a lot of Florida players who usually wake up for games like this against in-state rivals. A lot of these guys know each other and will be up for this contest. However, that didn't stop the Rattlers from getting waxed 51-3 last season against USF. Florida A&M just isn't any good.
Huge line, but the Hurricanes have the talent to cover it.