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Miami Hurricanes’ 2021 football schedule announced

Manny Diaz’s third season begins with a game against Alabama in Atlanta.
Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes will open the 2021 season against Alabama in Atlanta.
Manny Diaz and the Miami Hurricanes will open the 2021 season against Alabama in Atlanta. [ AL DIAZ | Associated Press ]
Published Jan. 28
Updated Jan. 28

The Miami Hurricanes learned their full 2021 football schedule Thursday morning. Some quick highlights:

The previously announced opener remains the headliner, against reigning national champion Alabama in Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Crimson Tide — spoiler alert — should again be a College Football Playoff contender, making this contest an enormous test to start Manny Diaz’s third season.

The next two non-conference games are interesting, too. Appalachian State is consistently one of the best teams in the Group of Five, and Michigan State is a big-name opponent, albeit one with a head coach (Mel Tucker) who didn’t get much of a Year 1 last season.

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A Thursday night game against Virginia on Sept. 30 leads to an odd wrinkle; the ’Canes won’t play again until traveling to Coastal Division contender North Carolina on Oct. 16. It’s an extra long off week because of an open date.

Miami will look for its fifth consecutive win over Florida State in a Nov. 13 game in Tallahassee. The Hurricanes follow that with a pair of division games against embattled coaches — Virginia Tech’s Justin Fuente and Duke’s David Cutcliffe.

Miami 2021 football schedule

Sept. 4: vs. Alabama (in Atlanta)

Sept. 11: vs. Appalachian State

Sept. 18: vs. Michigan State

Sept. 25: vs. Central Connecticut

Sept. 30: Virginia

Oct. 16: at North Carolina

Oct. 23: vs. North Carolina State

Oct. 30: at Pitt

Nov. 6: vs. Georgia Tech

Nov. 13: at Florida State

Nov. 20: vs. Virginia Tech

Nov. 27: at Duke

Kickoff times and TV information will be announced later.