Week 3 Saturday Six-Pack: Ole Miss-Alabama Headlines

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NEBRASKA AT MIAMI

Kickoff: 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT

TV: ABC

Las Vegas Line: Miami -3

The vultures are circling over Miami football, and they’re flying banners behind them.

Columnists nationwide have Al Golden eulogies already written and are simply waiting for Miami’s first loss to hit publish. They’ll have their opportunity if the uninspired Hurricanes that took the field the first half at FAU arrive for Week 3.

Should the second-half Hurricanes take the field against the Cornhuskers, Golden’s farewell will have to be put on hiatus for just a little while longer.

Nebraska kicks off an absolutely dreadful stretch for the Hurricanes. Road trips to Cincinnati, Florida State and Duke, with home games against Virginia Tech and Clemson sandwiched between await following Week 3.

Needless to say, Miami faces about as close to a must-win situation as is possible this early in the season.

First-year Nebraska head coach Mike Riley’s situation is far from as dire as Golden’s, but a 1-2 start for a surprise hire isn’t exactly the best starting point.

Riley and Golden are on two opposite ends of the public sentiment spectrum. Riley’s renowned for overachieving teams, while Golden’s been criticized for teams underachieving.

This is hardly Miami-Nebraska of old. Nevertheless, it should be entertaining both teams can and will air it out.

Riley-coached teams are typically some of the best passing offenses in the nation, with a featured wide-out setting the pace. The Huskers have that in Jordan Westerkamp, who Golden calls “a good one.”

Miami’s multifaceted running back platoon can set the table, but the Nebraska defensive front will load up on the run and make sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya beat it.

“Wouldn’t trade him for anyone,” Golden said of Kaaya.

Time for the sophomore to validate his coach’s vote of confidence. He has the arm to do so.

The Hurricanes start this treacherous on the right foot with a high-scoring, hard-fought win.

PREDICTION: MIAMI 35, NEBRASKA 31