The Miami Hurricanes are in talks to play a future football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide or the LSU Tigers, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has reported.
If Miami were to play Alabama, the game would take place in 2017 as part of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. The game would also be at the new Atlanta stadium, which is currently scheduled to open in March of 2017.
Should the Hurricanes play the LSU Tigers, the two would meet at AT&T Stadium in Arlington as part of the 2018 Cowboys Classic.
According to Jackson, Miami will “consider playing in one but not both.”
Miami is 3-14 all-time vs. Alabama and 3-9 vs. LSU. Miami and Alabama last met in the 1993 Sugar Bowl, which the Crimson Tide won 34-13.
Miami and LSU’s last meeting also came in a post-season bowl game. In the 2005 Peach Bowl in Atlanta, LSU dominated Miami 40-3.
The Hurricanes haven’t faced a team from the SEC in the regular-season, other than Florida, since playing the Tennessee Volunteers in a home-and-home series back in 2002 and 2003.
With strength of schedule an important part in being selected to the College Football Playoff, many schools are evaluating their future schedules and looking for potential upgrades.
The Hurricanes already have power-five opponents set for the next couple of seasons. Miami hosts Nebraska in 2015 and travels to Notre Dame in 2016. The Canes also play a home-and-home series with Rutgers in 2018 and 2019 and Michigan State in 2020 and 2021.
The Miami Herald reported last month that the Hurricanes are close to agreeing to play a neutral-site game against the Florida Gators. Due to Florida’s commitment to playing Florida State each year, the Gators will only play the Hurricanes in one-off neutral-site games.