Anticipation already building for Miami-LSU, 2018 kickoff weekend

A view from Section 409 at AT&T Stadium.
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Miami’s 2018 schedule will be released sometime in the next few weeks. There’s one date already set, and every UM fan should know it.

On Sunday, Sept. 2, the Hurricanes will be at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas to open the season against LSU. It’ll be Miami’s first regular-season meeting against an SEC team since facing Florida in 2013, and stands to be one of the top games of a glittering opening weekend.

About seven and a half months from now, defending champ Alabama plays post-Lamar Jackson Louisville in Orlando. Michigan visits Notre Dame. Auburn plays Washington in Atlanta. Lane Kiffin’s FAU Owls visit Oklahoma. Virginia Tech travels to Florida State, a game with new-coach intrigue that’s also in Tennessee-West Virginia and UCLA-Cincinnati.

LSU, which paid up to retain defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and is led by former UM assistant Ed Orgeron, finished 9-4 and No. 18 in the year-end Associated Press poll. Miami (10-3) was 13th.

The Sunday night kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on ABC. The cheapest tickets on StubHub were going for $148 on Wednesday morning.

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It will be the first regular season meeting between the schools since 1988 and the third meeting since 1969. Miami will certainly bring its Turnover Chain. No word if LSU, whose gymnastics team now rewards its competitors with a “stick crown,” will have any big-play reward system for football. The Tigers will be replacing star running back Derrius Guice, who declared for the NFL Draft, and graduating quarterback Danny Etling. Sophomore-to-be Myles Brennan appears to be the likely starter.

The last time the teams met, the 10th-ranked Tigers blew out the ninth-ranked Hurricanes 40-3 in the 2005 Peach Bowl — one of UM’s worst setbacks ever, capped by a tunnel brawl between the teams — but the focus of the 2018 game will be on two teams looking to make early playoff statements.

LSU will earn $4.75 million for the game, The Post previously reported. UM’s payout is more than $2.375 million, UM Athletics Director Blake James told the Post.

The Hurricanes are scheduled to play marquee openers at least three times in the near future. Miami opens the 2019 season against Florida in Orlando, and starts 2021 against Alabama in Atlanta.

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