5 Must-Watch Miami Football Games in 2014

5 Must-Watch Miami Football Games in 2014

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Now that the Miami Hurricanes are finally off probation, Al Golden's team finally has something to play for other than pride in 2014. The stakes will be high for Miami, as they compete in a congested ACC Coastal Division, which will lead to a lot of big games in big-game atmospheres. Here are five must-watch games on the Miami schedule in 2014.

5. September 20: at Nebraska

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5. September 20: at Nebraska

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In the 1990's, there might be a National Championship at stake with these two teams on the same field. The stakes aren't quite that high, but this is still an important non-conference game for both sides, as well as their respective conferences. These two programs were once perennial contenders on the national stage, and they're both trying to get back there, which is why a prime time game between the two is a must-watch game.

4. November 1: vs. North Carolina

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4. November 1: vs. North Carolina

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These may be the two leading contenders to win the ACC Coastal Division, and so a head-to-head matchup in early November could end up being one of the most important games towards deciding a spot in the ACC Championship Game. It'll likely be a must-win for both sides and a must-watch for fans.

3. October 23: at Virginia Tech

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3. October 23: at Virginia Tech

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This is another important game inside the ACC Coastal Division that will have big implications in the race for a spot in the ACC Title Game. But on top of that, there's always a little extra incentive to win between these two old Big East rivals, and with the game being in prime time on a Thursday, it's a game that fans won't want to miss.

2. September 1: at Louisville

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2. September 1: at Louisville

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The Hurricanes open the 2014 season on the big stage, with a Monday night game against ACC debutantes Louisville. This game will be a tone setter for Miami's first season free of sanctions, as well as a chance to solidify things at the quarterback position, making this one of Miami's most important games of the season. Being on national TV on a Monday night makes the game an absolute must-watch.

1. November 15: vs. Florida State

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1. November 15: vs. Florida State

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This is always the first game Miami circles on its schedule, especially since this year the Seminoles have to travel south to Miami. The Hurricanes may have a chance to play spoiler against Florida State, who will be expected to reach the college football playoff. Of course, Miami doesn't need any extra motivation against its biggest in-state rival, as this is always the marquee game on the Hurricane's schedule.

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