Referring to the Miami vs. Savannah State contest this weekend as a "scrimmage" or "warm-up" might sound disrespectful, but this game is set to be a bloodbath and both parties involved are fully aware of what they signed up for.
Savannah State sits at 1-2, coming off a win over Fort Valley State, a Division II program, but the Tigers were outscored 143-12 in their first two games—road trips to Georgia Southern and Troy.
The Hurricanes enter the third game of the season a 61-point favorite and should get the offensive spark they've been in search of. Miami opened the year with a 34-6 win over crosstown rival Florida Atlantic and followed it up with a Week 2 upset of arch-rival Florida, 21-16.
Defense stole the show against the Gators. The win over the Owls seemed like a formality, with the monster Sunshine State showdown looming.
Quarterback Stephen Morris put together two respectable outings, but lacked the spark shown during a junior campaign that ended with 3,345 passing yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Timing with receivers has also been off, causing mild panic for those who expected Miami's offense to explode out the gate.
Running back Duke Johnson showed up game-ready with 186 yards against the Owls, but was held in check by a stingy Gators' defense two weeks back.
While "The Duke Of Coral Gables" will get his carries this week, Miami will also look to get his back-ups some touches. The Hurricanes are still searching for a one-two punch at running back as ACC season kicks off in two weeks.
This showdown will be a tale of two halves; the Miami starters working on their timing early on, while the back-ups make the most of the spotlight and work to prove their worth.
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Place: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Radio: WQAM560 - WVUM 90.5
Spread: Miami -61 (DSOpen)