Game 1: Bethune-Cookman
Date/Time/Location: 09.02.2017, 12:30, Miami Gardens, FL
Nothing to report.
The Canes are 3-0 against BCC, and last played them 2 years ago, which was a comfortable 45-0 win.
It’s hard to get information on Bethune-Cookman. They were 4-6 last year and obviously won’t pose a threat to the Canes. I could write something up on BCC’s players, but if we’re being honest, it doesn’t matter. Miami will overwhelm the Wildcats and win easily.
What to Expect This Week
The Canes are obviously going to win, and job 1 is to avoid any injuries. But there are a few other things to watch out for. First, Malik Rosier. This is not his first start, but it is his first game since he won the permanent starting job. It’s also his first extended action in Mark Richt’s offense. Speaking of which, it will also be interesting to see how Richt’s offense looks with a more versatile QB.
The other 2 major question marks are in the secondary and with some running depth. This game will likely tell us nothing about the former, but the Canes should be able to empty the bench so we’ll get to see all the running backs, headlined by Travis Homer getting his first extended action.
Finally, this is the best Front 7 the Canes have had since the early 2000s and watching them fly to the ball and crush people for 3 hours will be a lot of fun.
I remember thinking Miami would not run up the score on overmatched teams last season, perhaps because Mark Richt projects a respectful, gentle demeanor. But I was definitely wrong, especially in the opening game against FAMU last season. I expect something very similar this year against BCC. Miami will dominate the game early, and then as the backups filter in, they will no doubt be playing as hard as possible to impress the coaching staff. I’m thinking about N’Kosi Perry in particular, who I’m sure Mark Richt would like to see in a live game situation. The Canes roll through Bethune Cookman and allow me to get out of Hard Rock Stadium a bit early to catch the rest of the opening weekend games.
Miami 63, Bethune-Cookman 0
Last year, Miami opened the Mark Richt era by destroying FAMU 70-3. This year, Miami will be breaking in new QB in Malik Rosier, while also needing to get quality reps for the backups *just in case* something were to change as the season progresses. As such, while the playcalls may be vanilla, I believe the tempo and intensity demanded will be a high level with Florida State looming in two weeks. For the score to get truly out of hand, Miami will need to produce special teams/defensive touchdowns, and those are generally hard to predict.
Miami 66, Bethune-Cookman 7
A bloodbath, obviously. But I think we’ll see a complete performance. My prediction (since the game isn’t in doubt) is that Miami will score on offense, defense and special teams, Malik Rosier will look sharp and comfortable in Richt’s offense, and Travis Homer will announce himself on the scene. Miami dominates from the opening kickoff and doesn’t let up.
Miami 56, Bethune-Cookman 0