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Hurricanes Roll Out the Red Carpet for the RedHawks in Friday Kickoff

Miami vs.: Hurricanes Roll Out the Red Carpet for the RedHawks in Friday Kickoff

In the forthcoming clash, the Miami of Ohio RedHawks venture southward to engage in gridiron combat with the University of Miami Hurricanes under the Friday night lights. This exhilarating showdown marks the inaugural game of the season for both squads, an encounter that carries an air of anticipation. The Hurricanes, having emerged victorious in all three previous encounters, are keen to rebound from their previous lackluster 5-7 campaign, while the RedHawks, with a 6-7 record from the prior season, aspire to set a winning tone.

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WHAT'S ON THE LINE?

Although one might envision a grandiose Miami-themed trophy as the prize, the reality is simpler – a pristine 1-0 record awaits the victor. This is not merely about securing an early-season triumph; it's about exorcising the demons of the past season's 5-7 struggle and fine-tuning their arsenal for an imminent Week 2 showdown against the formidable Texas A&M. The stakes are high, and the stage is set for a battle that transcends mere records.

Miami (Ohio) consistently finds itself in the company of Power 5 giants as they embark on their season opener for the 14th occasion in the past 22 seasons. However, the RedHawks' track record in these challenging matchups has been less than favorable, as they have succumbed to defeat in their previous 12 encounters. The distant memory of their last triumphant start against a Power 5 foe traces back to the 2002 campaign when they secured a remarkable victory over North Carolina.


KEY MATCHUP

Miami QB Tyler Van Dyke against an experienced defense. The RedHawks bring back nine starters from a defense that was very good for much of last season despite the team's 6-7 record. Van Dyke struggled with shoulder issues in 2022 and banged up a thumb in training camp this year, but has said he's already clicking in the Hurricanes' new offense.


Key Athletes to Keep an Eye On

Miami (Ohio): Keep your eyes on QB Brett Gabbert, a name that might ring a bell as he happens to be the sibling of Blaine Gabbert. Brett has already showcased his prowess by hurling the pigskin for an impressive 6,259 yards and landing 45 touchdowns during his collegiate career.

Miami: Don't forget about S Kam Kinchens, who is back in action after earning the prestigious All-American title. Kinchens not only proved himself as the standout player but also emerged as a remarkable leader for Miami's defense last season. While there's no shortage of talent surrounding him on the defensive side of the field, the real intrigue lies in how swiftly the Hurricanes can harmonize these individual talents into a cohesive unit.


FACTS & STATS

Lance Guidry, the maestro orchestrating the Miami defense, formerly served as a defensive aide at Miami (Ohio) during the years 2009 and 2010. … The most recent encounter between these two teams culminated in a resounding 54-3 victory for the Hurricanes back in 1987, as they embarked on their path to securing a second national championship and an unblemished 12-0 season. … To dispel any perplexing misconceptions, it's vital to distinguish that the RedHawks, established in 1809, represent Miami University, while the Hurricanes, founded in 1925, hail from the University of Miami. … It's worth noting that neither institution plays their home games in the bustling city of "Miami." 

The Hurricanes call Miami Gardens their home turf, while the RedHawks proudly play on their own turf in Oxford, Ohio. … In a historical twist, Donna Shalala, the former President of the University of Miami, attained one of her collegiate degrees back in 1962 from the Western College for Women—now an integral part of, yes, Miami University.