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ACC releases 2016 football schedule: Miami to host FSU on Oct. 8 and travel to Notre Dame on Oct. 29

  So, what's your take?

  For the second year in a row, UM's open date is early. Would have been better before FSU. Note that FSU's open date is Oct. 22, the week before Clemson. FSU has North Carolina in Tallahassee the week before traveling to UM. And Notre Dame has an open date before meeting Miami.

The Canes at least have nine days between Virginia and Notre Dame, but both games are away. Notre Dame will be very tough, but FSU can be conquered. Appalachian State, which has a good quarterback in Taylor Lamb click here for Lamb's stats and opens Sept. 3 at Tennessee, is always a little scary. But if UM can't beat the Mountaineers, they're in trouble. I might have also said that before Cincy last year.

  The two games home and two games away pattern is beneficial.

  I think UM, with a new coaching staff, same talented quarterback, what should be a better defense and for the most part winnable schedule, could be strong this season. 


   Hurricanes fans, get out your calendars and circle these dates: Oct. 8 and Oct. 29.

   The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2016 composite football schedule Tuesday, and Miami will host arch-rival Florida State on Oct. 8 in the fifth game of the season and travel to Notre Dame on Oct. 29 in the eighth game.

   And like last season, the Canes can breathe a bit before they face their first ACC opponent on Oct. 1 – Georgia Tech in Atlanta.

   UM, which finished 8-5 this past season but is led in 2016 by new coach Mark Richt, opens Sept. 3 at home against Football Championship Subdivision member Florida A&M (1-10 in 2015).

   The Canes then host Palm Beach County neighbor FAU (3-9) on Sept. 10 before traveling to Boone, North Carolina, on Sept. 17 to play Sun Belt Conference powerhouse Appalachian State (11-2), a former FCS team that won three consecutive national titles from 2005-07.

   UM has a bye week Sept. 24 – like last year, an early one. It then travels to Atlanta on Oct. 21 to face the triple option of Georgia Tech (3-9).

   On Oct. 8, Miami has its first chance at redemption against the Seminoles, who defeated UM 29-24 at Tallahassee in a 2015 nail-biter. The Hurricanes have lost six consecutive games to FSU, which finished 10-3 last season.

   The Canes stay at home Oct. 15 to face North Carolina (11-3), with only five days rest before a Thursday-night, ESPN game at Virginia Tech (7-6).

    Then, the really fun one at South Bend, Indiana, for an Oct. 29 clash against the Irish (10-3), the team everyone seems to either love or hate – sort of like the Hurricanes. The last time Miami beat Notre Dame was in 1989, when the seventh-ranked Canes ended No. 1 Notre Dame’s 23-game winning streak. The Canes subsequently have lost to the Irish in 1990, 2010 and 2012.

   UM comes home to face Pitt (8-5) on Nov. 5, travels to Virginia (4-8) on Nov. 12 and to ACC Atlantic Division foe NC State (7-6) on Nov. 19, before facing Duke in the regular-season finale Nov. 26 at Sun Life Stadium.

    Though two of UM’s last three games are away, the Hurricanes will not be on the road more than two games in a row in 2016. The same goes for home games. 

   Here's a cool composite schedule for all ACC teams




Sept. 17 at Appalachian State

Sept. 24 OPEN

Oct. 1 at Georgia Tech



Oct. 20 at Virginia Tech, ESPN (Thu.)

Oct. 29 at Notre Dame

Nov. 5 PITT

Nov. 12 at Virginia

Nov. 19 at NC State

Nov. 26 DUKE