Saturday, June 4, 2016

Miami Hurricanes 2016 Schedule Preview: Florida A&M Rattlers

MIAMI, Florida -- As part of the dwindling offseason, SOTU will preview each game on the Canes' schedule. During the season there will be much more in-depth previews the week before each game, but these will serve to get you ready for what is to come. Enjoy!

The 2016 Miami Hurricanes football season will start as many do for Power 5 teams: by playing and FCS school. This year, the Canes schedule gets started with a team who has been the early season matchup several times in recent years, when the Florida A&M Rattler visit a renovated Sun Life Stadium on September 3rd.

Still Rebuiding

Once a pillar of HBCU football, FAMU has fallen on hard times recently.

The Rattlers have not appeared in the FCS playoffs since 2001, and that streak probably will not be broken in 2016. Coming off a 1-10 season in 2015, the Rattlers are simply trying to become a mediocre team in the 2016 season.

Now, to be fair, the Rattlers played several close games in 2015, losing to Tennessee St 24-14, Savannah State 37-27, North Carolina Central 27-24, and Morgan State 21-7. The above listed team are okay to poor at the FCS level, and FAMU played them close but couldn't win.

Maybe the Rattlers start winning a few of those games in this and future years, but they're quite a way from being the kind of team who can compete with Miami for more than maybe a quarter.


No comments: