- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

Florida Atlantic (1-0) at No. 25 Miami (1-0), 6 p.m. (ESPN3)

Line: Miami by 24.

Series record: Miami leads 2-0.


The Hurricanes are back in the AP Top 25 for the first time since November 2013, and Mark Richt is looking to become the 10th coach to start 2-0 in his career on the Miami sideline. Florida Atlantic is 0-15 all-time against teams in the AP poll, though gave then-No. 8 Florida all it wanted last year before falling 20-14 in overtime.


Miami’s offensive line vs. FAU defensive end Trey Hendrickson. The primary assignment the Hurricane blockers will have Saturday is keeping track of Hendrickson, who was second in the nation in sacks a year ago. Hendrickson stands every bit of 6-foot-4, so even when he doesn’t near Miami QB Brad Kaaya he can impede passing lanes merely by getting an arm up.


Florida Atlantic: RB Greg Howell had touchdown runs of 48 and 37 yards in the first quarter alone of FAU’s Week 1 win over Southern Illinois. He must be effective against the Hurricanes to give Owls QB Jason Driskel a chance at getting in rhythm.

Miami: DB Corn Elder is the player Hurricanes defensive coordinator Manny Diaz has challenged to be great, and Elder delivered in the Week 1 romp over Florida A&M.; The Owls will throw it a ton this week, and it’ll be on Elder to ensure that Miami’s secondary responds.


The legendary Howard Schnellenberger got FAU football off the ground, plus was Richt’s coach at Miami from 1979-1982. … Richt grew up in Boca Raton, not far from FAU’s campus - which was considerably smaller when Richt lived in Palm Beach County. … Kaaya is seven completions from tying Kyle Wright (478) for No. 5 all-time in Miami history, and his career completion rate (exactly 60 percent) is just behind Jacory Harris (60.09) for third-best among Hurricane QBs. Kaaya also started the season No. 9 all-time in Miami TD passes; he’s now just three scores away from tying Stephen Morris (49) for the No. 3 spot. … FAU is looking to win three consecutive games for the first time since 2013.


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