No. 8 Mi­ami vs. No. 25 LSU

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - College Football - — Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos

When: To­day, 7:30 p.m.

Where: AT&T Sta­dium, Ar­ling­ton, Texas

TV: ABC

Weather: 76 de­grees, 10 per­cent chance of rain

On­line: Sun­Sen­tinel.com/um; @ChristyChiri­nos on Twit­ter Quick slant: The Hur­ri­canes re­turn 14 starters on both sides of the ball from their first 10-win team in more than a decade. LSU, mean­while, is look­ing to re­place sev­eral starters, par­tic­u­larly on of­fense. LSU holds a 9-3 lead in the all-time se­ries, but the pro­grams have only met twice since 1979. LSU won the last meet­ing 40-3 in the 2005 Peach Bowl.

About No. 8 Mi­ami: The Hur­ri­canes en­ter the year with their high­est pre­sea­son rank­ing since 2004 and face lofty ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter win­ning their first Coastal Divi­sion ti­tle last sea­son. Quar­ter­back Ma­lik Rosier, run­ning back Travis Homer and re­ceiver Ah­m­mon Richards head­line a group of tal­ented starters re­turn­ing on of­fense, while safety Jaquan John­son, a pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­can, cor­ner­back Michael Jack­son, de­fen­sive end Joe Jack­son and lineback­ers Shaq Quar­ter­man, Mike Pinck­ney and Zach McCloud lead the de­fense.

About No. 25 LSU: The Tigers will be break­ing in a new quar­ter­back in Joe Bur­row tonight af­ter he won a tight quar­ter­back race in camp. A grad­u­ate trans­fer from Ohio State, he edged sopho­more Myles Bren­nan for the job. The Tigers re­turn two of the top de­fen­sive play­mak­ers in the SEC in pre­sea­son All-Amer­i­cans Devin White and cor­ner­back Greedy Wil­liams.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:

1. UM’s Ma­lik Rosier was able to hang on to his job af­ter show­ing im­prove­ment in the off­sea­son and he’ll need to be con­sis­tent and ac­cu­rate against one of the top de­fenses in col­lege foot­ball.

2. The Hur­ri­canes’ of­fen­sive line lost two starters in Trevor Dar­ling and Kc McDer­mott and strug­gled at times in the spring. Coaches say the start­ing unit has im­proved dur­ing camp. The unit will have to prove it and keep Rosier on his feet.

3. Like the of­fen­sive line, UM’s de­fen­sive line un­der­went changes af­ter starters grad­u­ated and left for the NFL. Veter­ans Joe Jack­son and Ger­ald Wil­lis will be key in help­ing that unit find con­sis­tency.

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