Miami Football: First up for the 'Canes: Florida A&M Rattlers.

David MayerCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2010

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Quarterback Jacory Harris #12 of the Miami Hurricanes throws a pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Land Shark Stadium on October 3, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Oklahoma 21-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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Just show up. 

That's what I keep hearing and reading on my Facebook account.

It may be true, but there is much more at stake for the Hurricanes.

First, injuries always happen when you are not giving 100 percent.  If you just play through the motions you have a much higher chance of getting hurt.

One thing Miami can not afford are injuries, especially in the offensive line and at quarterback.

Jacory Harris was hurt for a lot of the season last year and it showed in every game.It seemed as though he was off on many of his passes the second half of the season.

Miami's offensive line also is suspect at this point.  Granted there are returners, but no one on that team is going to be able to fill the shoes left by Jason Fox.

Secondly, Miami needs this game, since it is their only "cake" team really all year.  This is their chance to open the offense, take some chances and see what really works.

The problem with that is, Florida A&M isn't that much of a pushover. 

They won four of their last five games last year and beat in conference rival Bethune-Cookman, 42-6. They ended the season at 8-3 and are predicted to take 2nd in their conference.

While I am not saying they are a great team, I am just saying, they are no Appalachian State, right Florida?

Lastly, Miami has to get ready for the next four weeks.  A brutal schedule is on the horizon and Miami needs to get rid of all their kinks during this game, because even the littlest of mistakes can cost them a BCS bid or national championship this early in the season.

Especially after Harris missed all of spring ball, Miami needs real game time speed to get him and the receivers in sync.

Overall though, I do not expect anything less than last years performance.  I really believe Miami will shut down the Rattlers and win handily, somewhere along the lines of 42-3.

Miami leads the overall head to head matchup with Florida A&M 7-1, while beating the Rattlers 48-16 last year in Miami.