QB named, ‘Canes TD underdog against UF

New Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz has a daunting first test against the No. 7-ranked Florida Gators, and made a bold decision Monday to name redshirt freshman Jarren Williams as his starting quarterback 12 days before the season opener.The Hurricanes are seven-point underdogs by BetAmerica, FanDuel and PointsBet, with all three sportsbooks offering a +210 moneyline on Miami (a $100 bet returns $210). BetAmerica and FanDuel list the over/under at 50 total points.Miami will begin the season unranked, not receiving a single vote in the preseason AP Top 25 poll after going 7-6 in 2018 and seeing former coach Mark Richt surprisingly retire. Diaz, previously the defensive coordinator, took the reins after first accepting the Temple job.FanDuel is not offering odds on the Hurricanes to win the ACC title, but Miami is +200 to win the Coastal Division, with an over/under season win total set at 8.5.Diaz opened the quarterback battle over the offseason, with returnee N’Kosi Perry and Ohio State Buckeyes transfer Tate Martell battling with Williams through Sunday’s scrimmage.”All three guys showed tremendous improvement and development, which is a credit to their hard work and the work of Dan Enos and his offensive staff,” Diaz said. “We believe we can win with all three guys, however, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination.”