Miami wants to play LSU instead of Alabama in 2018, Tigers won’t confirm report

Alabama and LSU both approached Miami about a neutral site game in 2017 or 2018, and it looks as if LSU is winning the Canes’ favor.

The Miami Herald reported that LSU and Miami aren’t exactly finalizing a game yet, but that talks have progressed, and they are working toward making the game happen in 2018 at Cowboys Stadium to open the college football season.

Though nothing is finalized, UM’s talks with Cowboys Stadium have progressed, and all parties are working toward having the Hurricanes open the 2018 season against LSU in Arlington, Texas.

The game would be on a Saturday night and televised nationally.

UM has decided to focus on finalizing that game and has decided against playing Alabama in Atlanta to open the 2017 season.

Miami has also been in talks with Florida about renewing their rivalry, but the Gators will only play the Canes if it’s a neutral site location, most likely Orlando.

LSU has several players from the Miami area, and two NFL factories going to work seems imminent to open the 2018 season at Cowboys Stadium. LSU leads the all-time series 9-3 against the Hurricanes.

Update: LSU associate Ad Verge Ausberry disputes the Miami Herald’s report:

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