MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Mario Cristobal era at Miami will begin Sept. 3 against Bethune-Cookman, the first of four consecutive non-conference games before the revenge-minded Hurricanes open their 2022 Atlantic Coast Conference schedule against North Carolina on the second Saturday in October.
Miami and the ACC unveiled the complete schedules for the 2022 season Monday night.
Highlights of the ACC slate include the Nov. 5 rivalry game against Florida State at Hard Rock Stadium and hosting defending conference champion Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale.
Miami will play four of its first five games at home — the lone road trip to Texas A&M on Sept. 17. The Aggies are led by former Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who was 7-1 against Miami.
The Hurricanes will close out their non-conference schedule on Sept. 24 against Middle Tennessee, coached by former Florida State quarterback Rick Stockstill, before welcoming North Carolina head coach Mack Brown and the Tar Heels to South Florida on Oct. 8. Brown is 3-0 against Miami since returning to North Carolina in 2019.
Miami will visit Virginia Tech on Oct. 15 for its first conference road game of the season and then returns home to face Duke on Oct. 22.
The Hurricanes travel to Virginia on Oct. 29 and then return home to face FSU on the first Saturday in November.
The Seminoles snapped a four-game losing streak to Miami with a 31-28 victory last season in Tallahassee, but the Hurricanes have won each of the past two meetings in South Florida, including a 52-10 shellacking on the last trip in 2020 — the largest margin of victory for Miami since 1976.
Miami visits Georgia Tech and Clemson in back-to-back weekends before returning to Hard Rock Stadium for a Thanksgiving weekend visit from the Panthers.
The Hurricanes finished the 2021 season having won six of their final seven games, including a 38-34 upset at Pittsburgh, after a 2-4 start. They backed out of the Sun Bowl because of COVID-19 protocols.
Cristobal returns to his alma mater after spending the past four seasons at Oregon.