Pregame live blog: No. 18 Miami Hurricanes vs. Bethune-Cookman

Hard Rock Stadium (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

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MIAMI GARDENS — It’s game day. We made it.

Pregame notes from the stadium before No. 18 Miami opens up against Bethune-Cookman (12:30 p.m., ACC regional networks/WatchESPN.com):

From the field 

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Braxton Berrios, Malek Young and DeeJay Dallas are warming up at punt returner. Mike Harley, Jeff Thomas and Travis Homer are returning kicks.

Robert Burns is the No. 3 back in warmups. Walk-on Crispian Atkins was fourth up. Interestingly, Trayone Gray was last.

Scott Patchan warming up at tight end, not defensive end.

Ahmmon Richards is not dressed for warmups. UM is resting Richards’ strained hamstring. He’ll be needed in Week 3, at Florida State, but not today.

Also not dressed out: redshirt junior receiver Dayall Harris and redshirt freshman defensive tackle Tyreic Martin. 

Not expected to play, and confirmed that they are not dressed: freshman offensive lineman Zalon’tae Hillery and receiver Evidence Njoku.

Top recruit Lorenzo Lingard, the five-star running back committed to UM, is in attendance.

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Pregame reading

Two preview pieces to get you ready: A look at five players under pressure (pressure being a relative term for a game against an FCS team) and 10 numbers of note. Also, we’ve got features on UM’s ‘86 Gang‘ defense and the new quarterback (did you hear Miami has a new quarterback?)

Also: projecting the roles will Miami’s freshmen could play in 2017, the UM depth chart for this week, and my game-by-game picks for the season, with a video explaining why I have Miami going 11-1.

Good times. Glad you’re all here.

Weather report 

Hot day today. The type of day Miami hopes will be an advantage from a conditioning standpoint; they’ve practiced in the South Florida heat all summer. Of course, it’s something of a wash against another Florida school (and not exactly needed, given the disparity between today’s combatants). This might be the last “heat advantage” game for the Hurricanes; they’re on the road three of the next four weeks, and if Toledo (Sept. 23) is an afternoon or night game, UM won’t have a potential early game until Oct. 21 vs. Syracuse.

Anyway: Today’s forecast for Miami Gardens is mostly cloudy until noon, then isolated thunderstorms until 2, then scattered thunderstorms until 6. The projected temperature at kickoff is 87, with a “feels like” temperature around 97. Winds out of the southeast at 8-9 mph. Hot day.

As I leave home (about 10 minutes south of UM), it’s pouring and thunder rumbles in the distance.

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