The game time and television info for Miami’s second game of 2017 was released by the ACC on Wednesday.
In their first road tilt of the year, the Hurricanes will visit Arkansas State at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9. The game will be shown on ESPNU.
Miami’s passing game torched Arkansas State in the last meeting, a 41-20 win at Sun Life Stadium on Sept. 13, 2014. After two games of less-than-dazzling play, true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya set a first-year program record for passing yards (342, with four touchdowns). Senior receiver Phillip Dorsett, a future first-round NFL draft pick, opened eyes by recording 201 yards and two touchdowns on just four catches. The game also featured some amusing special-teams shenanigans by the Red Wolves and a comically aggressive sack by Ufomba Kamalu.
In a 2014 season that was critical for the fate of Miami’s fourth-year head coach, it was a high point. UM finished 6-7 with a team that included six draft picks and seven free-agent signees.
The Hurricanes are now in Mark Richt’s second season, and this meeting with Arkansas State will be the first road game for several UM players, including, potentially, the starting quarterback. Redshirt junior Malik Rosier, one of the contenders for the job vacated by Kaaya, is the only QB on the roster with road experience — or starting experience. In his only college start, he went 20-for-29 for 272 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception, in Miami’s 30-27 win at Duke in 2015. Richt will pick a starter from a group that includes Rosier, redshirt sophomore Even Shirreffs and true freshman N’Kosi Perry, in the most intriguing position battle of fall practice.
The only current Miami players who appeared in the 2014 meeting are senior wideout Braxton Berrios, who caught three passes for 44 yards and his first college touchdown; running back Trayone Gray (two carries, nine yards) and linebacker Darrion Owens (three tackles, pass break-up).
The game will be played at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro, Arkansas, capacity 30,406. The Red Wolves, coached by fourth-year man Blake Anderson, went 8-5 (7-1 Sun Belt) and beat UCF 31-13 in the Cure Bowl. They played one game against a Power Five school, losing 51-14 at Auburn. They finished 58th in USA Today’s postseason rankings.
The Hurricanes were 20th in the final Associated Press top 25 after finishing 9-4 (5-3 ACC) and beating No. 16 West Virginia 31-14 in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Miami Hurricanes schedule 2017
Time, TV info as of May 31
Saturday, Sept. 2 – vs. Bethune-Cookman, 12:30 p.m. ACC RSN
Saturday, Sept. 9 – at Arkansas State, 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Saturday, Sept. 16– at Florida State, 8 p.m. ABC
Saturday, Sept. 23 – vs. Toledo
Friday, Sept. 29– at Duke, 7 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 7 – BYE
Thursday, Oct. 12 – Georgia Tech, 8 p.m. ESPN
Saturday, Oct. 21 – Syracuse
Saturday, Oct. 28 – at North Carolina
Saturday, Nov. 4 – Virginia Tech
Saturday, Nov. 11 – vs. Notre Dame
Saturday, Nov. 18 – Virginia
Friday, Nov. 24 – at Pittsburgh