Miami Football: Meet the Canes' next opponent, Savannah State

Is Miami's next opponent even a real football team?

9/12/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   410 respect

Miami (Fla.) is coming off one of the program's better wins in recent years after knocking off then-No. 12 Florida at Sun Life Stadium, 21-16. Blog Photo - Miami Football: Meet the Canes' next opponent, Savannah State

The Hurricanes' next opponent—Savannah State—provides less of an intimidation factor as an FCS school. In fact, it's arguable that Booker T. Washington High School—the nation's No. 1-ranked high school team—would be favored over the Tigers, if they were to play.

Savannah State has lost both of its first two games this season by a total score of 143-12 against Georgia Southern and Troy. In 2012, this was the team that was infamous for losing to Oklahoma State 84-0 and then Florida State 55-0 the following week.

The Tigers finished 1-10 (0-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) last year, beating Edward Waters College 42-35. EWC competes at the NAIA level, which is the lowest level of organized college football (below D-III and D-II).

Altogether, they were outscored by an average of 32.2 points per game, scoring 13 or less points in eight of their 11 games.

Savannah State is 5-40 since the beginning of the 2009 season at the Division-IAA level. My question is this: How does playing SSU the week after Florida make Miami a better team?

I understand that Savannah State's athletic department makes a pretty penny for sending its troops to get throttled and demoralized (and hey, the seven FCS teams that actually won in Week 1 made $2.4 million).

But what does it actually do for Miami? A guaranteed win? A good opportunity for Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson to inflate their statistics before leaving the game at halftime? If that's the case, why not schedule Akron? Or for fun, the "other" Miami (of Ohio).

I'm not a fan of the FBS vs. FCS. If the FBS team wins, cool, you beat an FCS team. If the FBS team loses (like Kansas State, Connecticut, Iowa State, etc.) then it's HAHAHAH YOU JUST LOST TO AN FCS SCHOOL.

And when the latter happens, it doesn't do justice to the FCS program because it can't be a part of the AP Top 25 votings. So seriously, what's the point?

Congratulations on your breakthrough win over the Gators, Miami. And congratulations on your 80-0 win over poor 'ol Savannah State this weekend.


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