The Miami Hurricanes and the Alabama Crimson Tide are in discussions to have a neutral site game to open up the 2021 season. The game will likely take place in Atlanta. At this point there is no actual agreement in place however both sides are very interested according to the Tuscaloosa News.
If the game were to become official it would be the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game at the new Mercedes Benz Stadium, which is scheduled to officially open next week.
If the game does indeed get schedule it will mark the first time the two teams link up since January 1, 1993 which was the national title game at the Sugar Bowl. In that game Alabama dominated Miami, winning 34-13. For Hurricanes fans it was a very tough loss as Miami was manhandled on both sides of the field. Gino Torretta has a very rough game throwing three INTs.
Who could forget that Lamar Thomas play, when George Teague stripped the ball out of what looked like a sure TD and started going the other way? That play pretty much described the entire game. The Crimson Tide bluntly took that came from Miami.
You would think that there would be more of a history between Miami and Alabama but there isn’t. Before 1993, the Canes beat the Tide in 33-25 in the 1990 Sugar Bowl. Alabama leads the series 14-3. Only the two mentioned games occurred after 1980.
Miami after this season’s game against Bethune-Cookman to open the season will be opening with much stiffer competition. In 2018 they will start off the season playing LSU in Jerry’s World in Arlington on September 1. In 2019 they will open the season August 31 against the Florida Gators in Orlando. In 2020 they will face former Big East foe Temple on September 5, but there’s a chance they could add a date prior.
With Alabama potentially being the opponent in 2021, Miami seems committed to play a tough out of conference schedule. With the ACC on the rise it’s a wonder if this is a good idea. With that said, when Miami first came to prominence, they were an independent, usually with a brutal schedule and they still won a lot.