Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (0-1) at Miami-FL Hurricanes (9-4)
College Football: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Hard Rock Stadium)
The Line: Miami-FL Hurricanes -51 -- Over/Under: 62 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
Down in Miami Gardens at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday, September 2, the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats will be visiting the Miami Hurricanes to kick off their college football seasons.
Bethune-Cookman is coming off a 2016 where they finished 4-6 overall and 4-4 in the MEAC. The Wildcats posted a four-game win streak late in the season, topping Norfolk State, Delaware State, Morgan State and Florida A&M.
Third-year head coach Terry Sims will take the reins of the Wildcats once again this year, and he’s supported by DC Charles Jones. Larry Brihm returns to action at QB for the Wildcats; he registered 1368 pass yards and 11 touchdowns last year. Leading rusher Jamaruz Thompkins is back as well following 369 yards on the ground with six scores in 2016. Frank Brown is the top WR once again, coming off 30 catches for 438 yards and seven scores.
Over on the Miami side, they’re fresh off a 9-4 season in 2016, going 5-3 in the ACC. The year ended on a high note as the Hurricanes took a 31-14 win over West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Miami will once again be coached this year by Mark Richt, who has a pair of second-year guys around him in OC Thomas Brown and DC Manny Diaz. Malik Rosier will be taking the snaps for the Hurricanes with the departure of Brad Kaaya, and Rosier took just four pass attempts in 2016. The good news is that Rosier will have Mark Walton at RB (1117 yards; 14 TD in 2016) and Ahmmon Richards at WR (49 rec; 934 yards; three TD in 2016) backing him up.
The Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last five road games and 0-5 ATS in their last five games overall. Bethune-Cookman is also 0-5 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
Meanwhile, Miami is 5-0 ATS in their last five games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last four games on grass. The Hurricanes are also 6-1 ATS in their last seven games in September.
It will be interesting to see how Rosier comes out in his first appearance this season, but he should have quite a bit of confidence considering the talent that’s surrounding him. With a full year under their belts with this coaching staff, Miami has a good situation going as they head into this season. I like the Hurricanes to come out swinging here and post a big-time win with a cover.