Online NCAA Football Betting Eyes Miami’s OpenerPosted by: Charlie Smith
One particular matchup worth checking out is the pairing between the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and the Miami Hurricanes – set to go down this upcoming Saturday. As of now, online sportsbooks have yet to post the odds. However, most sports wagering fans have little doubt as to who will come into this contest as the odds on favorite.
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats vs. Miami Hurricanes – Saturday, September 2nd
When: 12:30 pm ET
Where: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
TV: ESPN News
Stream: Watch ESPN
Online NCAA Football Betting Odds:
Bethune-Cookman Wildcats TBP
Miami Hurricanes TBP
The Wildcats turned in a 4-6 (4-4 in Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) record in 2016, taking a massive step back from the 9-2 record the program had delivered the year before. That lackluster record ranked Bethune-Cookman 5th in the conference. In the Florida Classic, the Wildcats managed to pick up a strong 39-19 victory over Florida A&M.
Terry Sims returns in his 3rd season as the Wildcats head coach. Sims is joined by defensive coordinator Jim Pry who is in his 6th season with Bethune-Cookman and Jim Pry who is in his 8th season as defensive coordinator.
Since the odds have yet to come out on this matchup, it’s going to be a little tough to figure out which are the best lines to bet on. However, online NCAA football betting fans can expect the Hurricanes to be listed as heavy favorites over the Wildcats on the money line. Whether or not fans want to take that bet is another thing.
The Miami Hurricanes were able to find a good amount of success last year, finishing the 2016 season with a 9-4 record (5-3 in ACC play). The Hurricanes would go on to finish 3rd in the Coastal Division. Although the season can be chalked up as a success, Miami lost some key matchups to their rivals. This includes a 19-20 loss to Florida State in the Florida Cup Rivalry, a 16-37 loss to Virginia Tech and a 27-30 loss to Notre Dame. All was not lost however, considering that Miami finished the season on a high note by picking up a 31-14 win over No. 14 West Virginia in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Mark Richt returns as head coach in his second year with the Hurricanes. When Richt was originally hired he brought in his own pair of coordinators: Thomas Brown on offense and Manny Diaz on defense. Both Brown and Diaz will reprise their roles for the second consecutive season.
Miami made sure to give themselves the best possible opportunity to succeed in 2017 by picking up a total of 9 4-star recruits. The Hurricanes come into this year’s season with a preseason ranking of No. 18 in the nation. In the coming weeks, it would not be surprising to see Miami rise in the rankings.