Miami vs LSU : LSU and Miami continue the first week of the 2018 college football season with a big-time matchup on Sunday night in Arlington, Texas. While these two programs are among the best in the nation, the overall momentum surrounding Miami and LSU seems significantly different going into Sunday night’s game.
NCAA Football 2018 Week-1
Miami vs LSU Live
Date : Sunday, 2 September
Start Time : 7:30 PM ET
Miami vs LSU Live
The Hurricanes enter coach Mark Richt’s third year at the helm primed to contend for a spot in the CFB Playoff after a 10-3 record last fall. Thanks to a standout defense and a plus-13 turnover margin, Miami opened 10-0 in 2017. Richt’s team stumbled late by losing its last three contests, including a 38-3 defeat to Clemson in the ACC Championship. Despite that late-season setback, this program is clearly trending up. Richt is recruiting well, and the return of 13 starters and a promising group of freshman and sophomore players provide optimism this team can reach double-digit victories once again.
LSU has been one of the biggest wild card teams in the SEC in recent seasons. Talent certainly isn’t an issue for the program, but the Tigers have yet to put all of the pieces in place on offense. Coach Ed Orgeron is hoping he has LSU on a path to elevating this unit among the best in the SEC. New play-caller Steve Ensminger plans to open up the offense, and Ohio State graduate transfer Joe Burrow is a promising option under center. As usual, defense won’t be a problem in Baton Rouge. However, even if Orgeron’s team figures things out on offense, a brutal schedule doesn’t provide a favorable path to match last year’s nine wins.
LSU holds a 9-3 series edge over Miami. These two teams have not met in the regular season since 1988. The Tigers and Hurricanes played in the 2005 Peach Bowl, with LSU scoring a 40-3 victory over Miami.
Miami vs. LSU (Arlington, Texas)
Kickoff: Sunday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ABC
Spread: Miami -3.5
Three Things to Watch
1. LSU New Offense and QB Joe Burrow
LSU’s offense is easily the biggest mystery surrounding this game. With a new offensive coordinator, quarterback and receivers on the outside, this is a completely revamped unit. And if that wasn’t enough, the Tigers don’t have Leonard Fournette or Derrius Guice back to handle the workload at running back.
So what should be expected out of this unit on Sunday night? Considering LSU’s defense isn’t likely to give up much on the scoreboard, the Tigers won’t need 40 points out of their offense to win. Instead, there’s likely to be a little bit of an acclimation period for Burrow. The junior has good mobility and played well in limited action with the Buckeyes.
However, he never had the opportunity to play in meaningful snaps and will be facing a Miami defense that is loaded at all three levels. When Burrow drops back to pass, he has a talented receiving corps at his disposal. Texas Tech transfer Jonathan Giles is a candidate for All-SEC honors, and true freshman Terrace Marshall is a potential breakout candidate. Sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire and senior Nick Brossette are expected to handle most of the work in the backfield on Sunday night.