The Miami Hurricanes' 2013 football schedule was released on Monday, along with those of the other 13 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The schedule also includes an important wrinkle for which UM has lobbied the conference.
For the second season in a row, Miami will host ACC Coastal Division rival Virginia Tech. The conference switched up the two schools' home-and-home schedule so that the Canes will no longer have to travel to Virginia Tech and Florida State in the same year.
Miami will not have to travel to both Tallahassee and Blacksburg this season, but the Canes will have to face both squads in back-to-back weeks, as a Nov. 2 trip to Florida State is followed by a Nov. 9 home date with the Hokies.
The Canes will reprise their rivalry with the University of Florida on Sept. 7 at Sun Life Stadium. In their last meeting, Tim Tebow and the Gators beat Miami 26-3 en route to a BCS national championship. Miami leads the series 28-26. The two schools are not currently scheduled to meet after this season.
Miami also gets a pair of weekday games that will be nationally televised. The Canes visit ACC rival North Carolina for a Thursday night matchup in October. Miami is 16-3 all time in Thursday night games.
Miami closes its season with a Friday game at the University of Pittsburgh. The Canes' former Big East rivals are joining the ACC this season.
Besides Florida and Florida State, the Canes also face cross-state schools Florida Atlantic University and the University of South Florida. Miami has never played the Owls in football before, while the Canes are 4-1 against USF. The Canes beat the Bulls 40-9 on Senior Day in 2012.
Miami's full schedule is below. If the Canes win the ACC Coastal Division (and are not given a bowl ban by the NCAA as part of its punishment for the Nevin Shapiro scandal), they will be eligible to play in the school's first ACC Championship Game on Dec. 7 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Aug. 30: Florida Atlantic
Sept. 7: Florida
Sept. 14: BYE
Sept. 21: Savannah State
Sept. 28: at South Florida
Oct. 5: Georgia Tech
Oct. 12: BYE
Oct. 17: at North Carolina (Thursday night game)
Oct. 26: Wake Forest
Nov. 2: at Florida State
Nov. 9: Virginia Tech
Nov. 16: at Duke
Nov. 23: Virginia
Nov. 29: at Pitt (Friday)