No. 8 Miami vs. No. 25 LSU
When: Today, 7:30 p.m.
Where: AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
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.