A case could be made that Miami and Florida Atlantic are football brothers.
After all, the programs have the same father.
The Hurricanes and the Owls play Friday to open their seasons and pay tribute to former coach Howard Schnellenberger - who led Miami into the spotlight by winning the school's first national championship in 1983, 15 years before he began building Florida Atlantic's program from scratch.
It's the first time the schools have met in football, and starts a three-game, four-year series.
''That was the genesis of the game, that we would celebrate what he has done for both programs, really starting both programs at the end of the day,'' Miami coach Al Golden said. ''He's a man who owes me nothing but treats me with great respect and imparts great wisdom every time I see him. We're blessed to have him in our family. I know FAU probably feels the same way.''
Schnellenberger will be the honorary captain for both teams. Dozens of his former Miami players are expected t...