University of Miami football begins its quest to a national title under second year coach Al Golden with a visit to an Atlantic Coast Conference rival, Boston College. Junior quarterback Stephen Morris, with 5 previous starts (2-3), will lead the UM offense. This shouldn’t be much of a problem for Morris, who completely understands the dynamics of UM football following the steps of Jacory Harris who throughout his UM days had a love-hate relationship with the UM followers.
“You’ve got to listen to the fans and thank the fans every single day for coming out and supporting us, but you’ve got to ultimately listen to your teammates, coaches and family.” Just turning 20 last Monday, Morris sounds as confident as he’s ever been. Here are some storylines to follow for Saturday’s game:
- Winning three of its last four, Miami is 56-29-1 in season openers.
- 67 from the 70 man roster are from Florida, 21 of those from Miami-Dade.
- This marks the 2nd time in history that UM meets Boston College for an opener.
- After 28 previous meetings between the schools, Miami holds a commanding (23-5) advantage.
- Miami holds a 7-3 record when visiting Boston College, with its last win happening in 2001 when UM was ranked #1 in the nation.
It’s all about the experience when you talk about FIU football. Twelve of the eighteen starters are returning seniors who know this is their opportunity to make it a memorable last run. “I’m a big believer – ever since I was in high school, it was always drummed into our heads – your team will be as good as your seniors will take you,” Head Coach Mario Cristobal said referring to the 30 seniors in the team. FIU will visit Duke on Saturday’s opener, a team they lost to (27-33) last year. In Wednesday’s press-conference, Coach Cristobal also mentioned that in order to be successful on Saturday they have to limit the penalties, something they couldn’t overcome in last year’s game. Here are some of the storylines to follow for FIU football:
- This season marks FIU’s 11th football season.
- This is Mario Cristobal’s 6th season as the FIU football coach.
- Going into the season, FIU comes from back to back years of Bowl appearances (2010-2011)
- For the second year in a row, FIU is picked as the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference.
- FIU will be squaring off against one of football’s oldest college programs. 2012 will mark Duke’s 100th football year.