Canes win season opener in a predictable rout of an overmatched opponent, dispatching Charleston Southern, 52-7, at the Ora--oops, sorry. At Dolphin Stadium.
The big question: What does it mean? Probably not a lot. Click on Waiting For An Opponent to read my column off the game. Click here for my narrated audio slideshow. I know many of you are upset I didn't wave the pom-poms hard enough. But it's tough to fathom that this rout will mean a lot on Sept. 6 in Gainesville. What say ye?
Comments invited on UM's happy christening of Dolphin Stadium and what it means. Also curious what you thought of Jacory Harris. He looked pretty good for a raw freshman, but he'll never in his college career see a weaker opponent.
Miami's Hurricanes open the 2008 season -- and a new era at Dolphin Stadium -- tonight vs. visiting Charleston Southern. UM is coming off a 5-7 season and is depleted by seven suspensions, including that of starting quarterback Robert Marve, but nevertheless figures to have an easy time with a smaller, overmatched opponent.
I'll be covering the debut of the Canes and freshman QB Jacory Harris and live-blogging from the stadium. Meantime click on Tonight's a Party, But Better Days Not Here Yet for today's column by me advancing UM's opener and season.
[Saturday update: We erased the live-blog portion from the game to condense this blog post. Each week our post on the UM game will include at the bottom a shout-out to the weekend's other notable state-college games. Here is today's list, with comments on results invited here].
#5 Florida 56, Hawaii 10: Slow start at The Swamp (scoreless first quarter), and then it was the rout you expected vs. an undermanned foe. I presume Randy Shannon was as impressed as I was.
Central Florida 17, South Carolina State 0: Canes host UCF on Oct. 11.
#11 Texas 52, FAU 10: Will Howard Schnellenberger feather legend with huge upset? Not tonight.
#14 Kansas 40, FIU 10: A lot about FIU is different. So far, the results are not.
#19 South Florida 56, Tennessee-Martin 7: Can Bulls reprise Cinderella? We'll see.