For the first time, Miami and UAB will square off on the gridiron.
On Monday, the two schools agreed to a matchup at Hard Rock Stadium slated for Sept. 19, 2020, according to Sun Sentinel reporter Christy Cabrera Chirinos.
UAB (University of Alabama-Birmingham), a member of the Group of Five’s Conference USA, won’t be a cupcake for the ‘Canes, as they posted an 8-5 record last year in its first season back after the program was disbanded in 2014.
“We’re excited about the addition of UAB to our schedule for 2020, Deputy Director of Athletics Jennifer Strawley said in a statement obtained by the Sun Sentinel. “We are always striving for a competitive non-conference slate to complement our ACC schedule.”
The Blazers are attempting to utilize the matchup as a means to potentially make inroads in talent-rich South Florida.
“We have a lot of players on our roster from the state of Florida, so for them to have an opportunity to return home for a game like this is a big deal to the players and their families,” UAB coach Bill Clark said in a statement obtained by the Sun Sentinel. “We also recruit the state of Florida very heavily and being able to bring our brand to them only helps.”
Miami’s other 2020 nonconference matchups include at Michigan State and hosting Temple.
Meanwhile, Miami additionally has a trio of exciting neutral site showdowns on the docket: vs. LSU on Sept. 2, 2018 (Arlington, Texas), vs. Florida in 2019 (Orlando) and the 2021 season opener vs. Alabama in Atlanta, Georgia.