Savannah State vs. Miami: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

Sep 7, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) stiff arms Florida Gators defensive back Jaylen Watkins (14) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Hurricanes return to the football field after a bye week and a major victory over the Florida Gators to take on a struggling Savannah State team simply happy for a shot on a big stage.

Miami crushed Florida Atlantic in Week 1 before outlasting the Gators behind the impressive running of Duke Johnson and the defense's uncanny ability to force turnovers. The Hurricanes sit just outside the Top 15 as a result.

Things have been much worse for the Tigers. Savannah State was outscored 143-12 in its first two games against Georgia Southern and Troy before finally notching a win in Week 3 over Division II program Fort Valley State.

This is the definition of a lopsided matchup but a great learning experience for both teams regardless of the result. Here's everything fans need to know about the game.

 

When: Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL

Television: Local

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: OFF
  • Spread: Miami (-60)

 

Savannah State Injury Report (via USA Today)

No Injuries Available

 

Miami Injury Report (via USA Today)

Deon BushS09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Savannah StateQuestionablesports hernia
Jontavious CarterWR08/25/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
Preston DeweyQB08/29/2013will miss the entire seasonOutback
Danny DillardRB08/21/2013has left the teamOutpersonal
Dyron DyeDE08/21/2013was dismissed from the teamOutlegal/disciplinary
Jalen GrimbleDL08/16/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Danny IsidoraG08/17/2013is out indefinitelyOutfoot
Rayshawn JenkinsS09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Savannah StateQuestionableankle
Hunter KnightonT08/17/2013is expected to miss the entire seasonOutshoulder
Rashawn ScottWR08/31/2013is expected to miss four to six weeksOutcollarbone
Hunter WellsG08/29/2013will miss the entire seasonOutundisclosed
Shane McDermottC09/20/2013will miss Saturday's game against Savannah StateOutlower body

 

Can Miami Avoid Complacency?

Sep 7, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes quarterback Stephen Morris (17) rolls out during the second half after the Florida Gators at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On paper, this is a game where Miami plays its starters for a half and tests the depth of the team. Head coach Al Golden stressed as much, telling the media via Christy Chirinos of the Sun Sentinel that it's a "process" week:

It’s about our process. This week is us versus complacency. We’re not calling it a bye-week, we’re calling it a process week. We’re trying to get better and we’re trying to compete every day and we’re trying to see if we can find some guys that can stand up and compete for jobs.

One step in the process would be seeing an improvement from quarterback Stephen Morris, who has only thrown for 322 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions while completing just 52 percent of his passes.

Much of the Hurricanes' playbook will not be on display against Savannah State, but Morris has an opportunity to develop better timing with his receivers against lowly competition.

 

Prediction

As Golden suggested, this is an opportunity for Miami to improve and allow important depth to play significant snaps.

For Savannah State, this game is about a learning experience and an attempt to improve the athletic program overall. Per Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post, Savannah State is receiving $375,000 to make the trip to Miami—which is 9 percent of the school’s endowment (Miami's endowment is $678.7 million).

In other words, the Tigers need the money to further a struggling program (18-104 since 2002), while Miami needs more game time before getting into the meat of its ACC schedule in the coming weeks.

 

Final Score 

Hurricanes win 63-0

 

 

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