Miami-Florida State 2016: ESPN holds game time announcement


Stacy Coley's touchdown catch gave Miami a late lead at Florida State in 2015. (Getty Images)

Stacy Coley’s touchdown catch gave Miami a late lead at Florida State in 2015. (Getty Images)

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Viewers will have to wait a few days to learn the time of Miami’s Oct. 8 showdown with Florida State.

ESPN declared what is known in the TV industry as a six-day option for three games involving ACC teams, including the two in-state rivals. In addition to UM-FSU, Virginia Tech-North Carolina and Notre Dame-North Carolina State kickoff times will be announced no later than noon Sunday.

No. 14 Miami (3-0) opens ACC play at Georgia Tech (3-1) at noon Saturday (ESPN2). The FSU game will likely be the third national TV appearance in a row for the Hurricanes, who beat Appalachian State 45-10 on Sept. 17 on ESPN.

No. 12 Florida State (3-1) hosts North Carolina (3-1) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday (ESPN). After facing the Seminoles on Oct. 8, Miami hosts the Tar Heels on Oct. 15.

Virginia Tech (3-1), which welcomes Miami on Oct. 20, is off this week. Notre Dame (2-2), which hosts the Hurricanes on Oct. 29, visits Syracuse at noon (ESPN).

Elsewhere, Miami was ranked No. 6 in SB Nation’s advanced metrics (S&P+), a rating of a team’s offensive and defensive efficiency. FSU (13th), Virginia Tech (14th), UNC (30th), Pitt (36th) and N.C. State (40th) were also in the top 40.

Accordng to the SB Nation projections — which change by the week — Miami is more than 50 percent likely to win all of its remaining games. FSU, Virginia Tech and N.C. State are the only games in which Miami has less than a 70 percent percent chance. If the teams played today, the S&P+ ratings would project Miami to beat FSU by 5.9 points, Virginia Tech (on the road) by 1.3 points and N.C. State (on the road) by 8.5 points.

Notre Dame, which was expected to be one of the toughest teams on Miami’s schedule, was 46th. The Irish, who have struggled defensively, rank 104th nationally in yards per play allowed. That’s slightly better than FSU (121st), which followed its 43-point loss at Louisville by allowing 290 yards on the ground at South Florida in a 55-35 win.

Through three games, Miami ranks first nationally in yards per play allowed (3.10) and second in yards per play gained (8.29).

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