In 2023 the Miami Hurricanes will be entering year two of the Mario Cristobal rebuild. Hurricane fans are starving for success, that elite feeling that they have experienced before but has not appeared in a long time. Looking at the schedule, it looks very favorable, and Miami fans should fear any opponent.
While they shouldn’t fear any opponent, they should still have excitement. In 2023 the Hurricanes will host SEC opponent Texas A&M and host defending ACC Champions Clemson. There is a lot of excitement for 2023 but results are expected. While winning at an elite level hasn’t happened in a long time, the standard is still the standard.
Sept 1 Miami University
Sept 9 Texas A&M
Sept 14 Bethune-Cookman
Sept 23 at Temple
Sept 30 OPEN DATE
Oct 7 Georgia Tech
Oct 14 at North Carolina
Oct 21 Clemson
Oct 28 Virginia
Nov 4 at NC State
Nov 11 at Florida State
Nov 18 Louisville
Nov 24 at Boston College
The month of September
The month of September not only kicks start the season but is a huge opportunity to get momentum going. The month of September sees Miami playing only one Power 5 Team, and that is a Texas A&M team that had a losing record last season. While the Aggies defeated Miami last season, I would consider this must-win for Cristobal.
If the Hurricanes can finish the month of September undefeated, the hype will be unbelievable. A 4-0 Miami would be one of the top 15 teams in the nation, positioning themselves nicely for mid-October.
Two ACC Opponents are with First Year Head Coaches
Cristobal may be in his second season but he is ahead of a few other coaches in the conference. Louisville and Georgia Tech will be entering 2023 with coaches in their first year with the new title. I know Brent Key was an interim last season, but it doesn’t take the fact away that Cristobal needs to take advantage of this. Miami should be ahead of two programs starting anew.
A Split could lead to a successful season
While Clemson is defending conference champions and has dominated the conference since 2014 they are slowly losing traction. Meanwhile, Florida State ended the season red hot. While neither of these games are must-win, there’s no reason why Miami cannot compete and have a great chance to win either. If the Hurricanes can at least split between these two games, this could be a memorable season. Lose both and it is probably mediocre.