The Miami Hurricanes are “finalizing” a 2013 game against the Savannah State Tigers, the Miami Herald has reported.
Miami will host Savannah State at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on a date to be announced. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Savannah State is a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Tigers played their first two games against FBS competition this season, losing 84-0 to Oklahoma State and 55-0 to Florida State.
Miami is currently set to open the 2013 season at home vs. Florida Atlantic on Aug. 31. The Hurricanes then host the Florida Gators on Sept. 7 and also travel to USF on Nov. 30.
In ACC play, Miami will face Coastal Division foes Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes will also face Florida State, provided the cross-division rivalries are kept, and one other to be determined opponent from the Atlantic Division.
Miami finished the 2012 season 7-5 overall and 5-3 in the ACC. They would have played Florida State in the 2012 ACC Championship Game, but chose to self-impose a postseason ban for the second consecutive season.
Update (12/4/12): The Savannah Morning News reports that the game is set for Sept. 21, 2013. Savannah State will receive $375,000 for the game.
“We both had a common date to fill, and it was just a matter of us reaching out and agreeing on an amount,” said SSU athletics director Sterling Steward.