Miami vs. Florida Atlantic
The “U” opened up against a local C-USA opponent in Florida Atlantic and beat the Owls comfortably 34-6. FAU finished 85th in offense in College Football averaging an 380.4 yards per game. Miami allowed just 250 in the opener. The Owls also finished with the 11th best defense in the nation (328.8 ypg statistically) despite the Hurricanes posting 503 yards.
Clearly the talent difference between Miami and Florida Atlantic is pretty significant, but fundamentally FAU was a solid defensive team all season. Much of the damage in this game was due to Running Back Duke Johnson (who was injured and lost for the season vs. FSU with an ankle injury). Miami had 303 yards on the ground in this game and didn’t allow much defensively in this game.
Great start for the Hurricanes.