Since the turn of the century, UM has participated in 13 of ESPN’s nationally-televised Thursday night games and has gone 11-2 in the process. This week’s showdown at North Carolina marks the eighth-straight season Miami has been tabbed by ESPN, as the network knows the ‘Canes are prone to shine under Thursday Night Lights.
In ESPN’s annals, its third most-watched regular season college football game was Florida State at Miami in 2006. Three years later, the annual Hurricanes vs. Seminoles showdown overtook the No. 4 spot.
Love or hate “The U”, college football fans seem to tune in.
Miami’s last Thursday night action came in 2012 against Virginia Tech. Riding a three-game losing streak, the Hurricanes were in search of a season-saving win. A berth in the ACC Championship was still in play, but at 2-2 in the conference, a swing in momentum was needed as much as the victory itself.
Miami topped Virginia Tech, 30-12 and broke a three-game losing streak to the Hokies. The Hurricanes went 3-1 in the month of November and earned a share of the Coastal Division crown, but self imposed a second straight postseason ban and chose to sit out the title game, courtesy of an ongoing NCAA investigation.
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