2018 certainly turned out to be far from the most desirable season for the Miami Hurricanes, but nonetheless, they were still able to reach 7 wins and become bowl eligible. That being said, here are the most likely scenarios for the Canes heading into bowl season.
If you believe some of the initial projections, then you would be getting ready to watch Miami play on December 27th in the Independence Bowl. The game is set for a 1:30 kickoff from Shreveport, Louisiana and would pit the Canes against a team like Houston or Cincinnati. Obviously not the sexiest scenario here, especially considering this bowl takes place a day after the Cheez-It Bowl. I’m not kidding.
One of the more likely scenarios would be to see Miami end up in El Paso, Texas for the Sun Bowl on New Years Eve with a 2 pm kickoff. The Sun Bowl always takes an ACC team, and it just so happens that the Hurricanes have been that team twice since 2010, most recently in 2015. So would the Sun Bowl committee want the Canes again so soon? Maybe, but they would likely try to stay more regional this time around.
And with that point in mind, that brings us to our most likely destination for the Hurricanes.
How would a nice 5-6 hour drive north sound for Canes fans to see their team play in a New Years Eve bowl game? Not only that, but the last game of 2018 since it is set for a 7:30 pm kickoff. Yes, we could quite possibly be looking at a date in the Tax Slayer Gator Bowl come December 31st.
It is already being speculated by some within in the administration that this is a selection the Gator Bowl committee would be leaning toward. Miami would play an SEC opponent in this scenario…maybe the Gators? That would make sense wouldn’t it? But that dream match up probably won’t happen because they play each other to start off the 2019 season, so of course they have to keep hyping that one up first.
But regardless, this game would make tons of sense for the Gator Bowl and for Miami. Of course the distance helps the Canes and their fan base, but for the Gator Bow, having the Miami Hurricanes featured in your game will bring eyes to the broadcast and butts in the seats. Let’s face it, 7-5 or 12-0, people watch the Canes.
All of this will be decided Sunday at around 3:30 pm when the bowl selections officially come out. But until then, keep these in mind as a likely outcome.