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Week 1 CFB Sharp Picks: Miami vs Miami

Sharp Bets & Expert Picks
All-American Kamren Kinchins leads the Hurricanes Defense

Vegas Odds Spread: Miami Hurricanes -17.5

Week 1 CFB Sharp Picks: Miami Hurricanes 68%

TV: ACC Network

Time: 7:00 ET

Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL

Home Field Advantage: +3.5 

After an injury-marred inaugural campaign 2nd year Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal is eager to bring the swagger back to the U. Cristobal brought in multiple top-level transfers to complement a blue-chip recruiting class that has the ‘Canes fanbase excited. The path to redemption for UM starts against a scrappy Miami Redhawks team that can play some defense and is led by a proven signal-caller in Brett Gabbert. Will UM’s retooled roster blast out the Redhawks in their home opener or will they continue on their path to mediocrity? Our panel of experts give away their week 1 CFB Sharp Picks.

Miami Hurricanes Offense vs Miami Redhawks Defense

Miami University plays a physical brand of defense that ranked 1st in points allowed in the MAC and will challenge a UM offense that scored 17 points or less five times. The Hurricanes are expecting big things from a revamped offensive line with head coach Mario Cristobal known as an O-line specialist. With all of the new working parts upfront it could take a few games for the big boys to gel into a cohesive unit. ‘Canes quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is coming off a dismal season where he battled an aching shoulder but should be much improved after being touted as a high-level NFL draft pick heading into last season. Van Dyke is battling a thumb injury that could be bothersome but the ‘Canes have an experienced backup in Jacurri Brown. The RedHawk D will keep things tight for a while but eventually, the Hurricanes explosive playmakers will bust out for some long gains. The Miami vs Miami Over/Under is at 45.5 points

Miami Redhawks Offense vs Miami Hurricanes Defense

Miami’s defense was equally as disappointing as the offense last season but expect a rebound under aggressive new coordinator Lance Guidry. The RedHawks offense usually hums nicely with QB Brett Gabbert under center however they will struggle to score behind a questionable front facing a talented ‘Canes D-line. The Redhawks power running games should have some success though against an ordinary set of Hurricane linebackers. Gabbert could throw some picks in this one facing one of the nation’s better pass defenses that boast a future NFL safety tandem in Kamren Kinchins and James Williams. Gabbert will have some moments against Miami’s young cornerbacks nevertheless don’t expect much consistent offensive production.

Vegas Sharps CFB Sharp Betting Predictions

The well-coached Redhawks will be competitive in the early goings but eventually, their smallish squad will wear down in the sweltering Miami, FL heat. The Hurricanes new high-end parts might take a few quarters to jell but in the second half of the game, they will take over to win by at least three touchdowns.

Week 1 CFB Sharp Picks: Miami Hurricanes -17.5 (3 Money UNITS)

Miami vs Miami Head-to-Head Power Ratings


Hurricanes:4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks:3.0 out of 5.0 stars

Running Backs

Hurricanes:4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks:2.5 out of 5.0 stars

Wide Receivers

Hurricanes:3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks: 2.0 out of 5.0 stars

Offensive Line

Hurricanes:4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars

Defensive Line

Hurricanes:4.5 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars


Hurricanes:3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks: 3.0 out of 5.0 stars


Hurricanes:4.0 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks: 2.5 out of 5.0 stars

Special Teams

Hurricanes:3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks:3.5 out of 5.0 stars


Hurricanes:3.5 out of 5.0 stars

Redhawks:3.5 out of 5.0 stars

The Miami Redhawks are at +575 moneyline against the Hurricanes at


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