"I don't like the fact that Friday night football exists because it should be for high schools," Cutcliffe said to the Raleigh News & Observer. "I apologize to all of the high school programs. But if we are going to do it, and do it contractually, we need to do it right."
The Friday night game is part of the Atlantic Coast Conference's television package, which earlier this season featured Boston College defeating Northern Illinois, Syracuse beating Central Connecticut State, and Virginia notching a big win at Boise State.
Miami is coming off a 52-30 victory over Toledo in its first game in three weeks following the cancellation of one game (Sept. 9 at Arkansas State) and postponement of another (Sept. 16 at Florida State) because of the threat of Hurricane Irma.
The unranked Blue Devils gave Cutcliffe the 100th victory of his coaching career last week, 27-17 at North Carolina.
"Well, you remember a whole lot of players, a whole lot of coaches and a lot of families," Cutcliffe said when asked to reflect on reaching that achievement. "It mostly makes me think about my wife, Karen, who has won a hundred games. She has done a heck of a lot better job than I have.
"But 101 is going to be a lot harder to get than No. 1."
With starter Brad Kaaya out with a concussion that week, junior quarterback Malik Rosier made his first start for Miami and passed for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Last year, Miami topped Duke 40-21 in Miami Garden, Fla., behind 396 passing yards and four touchdown passes from Kaaya.
Rosier returns for the 2017 rematch. He has passed for 550 yards in two starts this season, with 333 coming last week against Toledo. In that one, he had only 50 yards passing in the first half.
"He was rushing himself too much in the first half," Miami coach Mark Richt said. "He was throwing it sooner than he had to. We were protecting extremely well.
Duke sophomore quarterback Daniel Jones is in his second season as the starter. He has passed for 904 yards this season, completing 61.9 percent of his 139 attempts with only two interceptions.
Cutcliffe, who coached Peyton Manning as an assistant at Tennessee and Eli Manning as the head coach at Ole Miss, sees an NFL future for Jones.
"He's got the size (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), he's got the arm strength, he's got the mentality, he's got the toughness," Cutcliffe said before the season. "And this guy can run."
Cutcliffe said Jones, who has rushed for 141 yards, has the ability to put the ball where he wants it and when it needs to be there.
Jones has found a nice target in junior T.J. Rahming, who has 24 receptions for 248 yards.
Rosier has been without his potential No. 1 target because sophomore Ahmmon Richards, who set a Miami freshman receiving record last year, has been out with a hamstring injury. Richards could return this week.
Rosier also has a huge weapon in running back Mark Walton, who ran for a career-high 204 yards last week. He has rushed for 352 yards on 27 carries in Miami's two games.
"He's a very good instinctive runner," Richt said. "The thing that he can do, when you set a play to go a certain way and they're defending it, he just has a great instinct to hit the brakes and find the best place to go, I guess. It's something you can't coach or teach."
VDB Free Betting Prediction: Miami 42, Duke 20
Miami Hurricanes vs Duke Blue Devils VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report
Miami Hurricanes vs Duke Blue Devils VDB Betting Odds
|Miami Hurricanes||-6 (-115)||-240||56 (-110)o|
|Duke Blue Devils||+6 (-105)||+200||56 (-110)u|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
|Name||Record||Home||Away||ATS||ATS Home||ATS Away||Offense||Defense||Diff|
Betting Odds Trends
|Miami-FL is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games|
|Miami-FL is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Miami-FL's last 6 games|
|Miami-FL is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road|
|Miami-FL is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road|
|Miami-FL is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Duke|
|Miami-FL is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games when playing Duke|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami-FL's last 6 games when playing Duke|
|Miami-FL is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Duke|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami-FL's last 5 games when playing on the road against Duke|
|Duke Blue Devils|
|Duke is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games|
|Duke is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke's last 6 games|
|Duke is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games at home|
|Duke is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Duke's last 9 games at home|
|Duke is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Miami-FL|
|Duke is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games when playing Miami-FL|
|The total has gone OVER in 5 of Duke's last 6 games when playing Miami-FL|
|Duke is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Miami-FL|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Duke's last 5 games when playing at home against Miami-FL|
|Demetrius Jackson||DL||Prob Fri - Upper Body - 9/25/17||Jackson has an upper-body injury but it is not expected to prevent him from suiting up against Duke on Friday.|
|Mark Walton||RB||Prob Fri - Ankle - 9/25/17||Walton sprained his ankle in the last game but is expected to play Friday against Duke.|
|Ahmmon Richards||WR||Prob Fri - Hamstring - 9/25/17||Richards missed the last two games with a severely pulled hamstring but is likely to be available Friday against Duke.|
|Robert Burns||RB||Ques Fri - Shoulder - 9/24/17||Burns missed the last two games with a shoulder injury and his status for Friday's game against Duke is unclear.|
|Evidence Njoku||WR||Ques Fri - Knee - 9/24/17||Njoku missed the last two games with a hyperextended knee and his status for Friday against Duke is unclear.|
|Gerald Willis III||DL||out for season - Personal - 8/23/17||Willis III will not play during the 2017 due to a leave of absence.|
|Jamie Gordinier||LB||out for season - Knee - 8/20/17||Gordinier suffered a season-ending right knee injury.|
|Brittain Brown||RB||Prob Fri - Upper Body - 9/28/17||Brown has an upper-body injury but is expected to play Friday against Miami.|
|Ben Humphreys||LB||Prob Fri - Leg - 9/28/17||Humphreys will likely suit up against Miami on Friday despite a leg injury.|
|Quaven Ferguson||DT||Ques Fri - Foot - 9/24/17||Ferguson missed the previous three games with a foot injury and his status against Miami on Friday has yet to be determined.|
|Will Taylor||C||Out indefinitely - Ankle - 9/9/17||Taylor has an ankle injury and is without a timetable for return.|
|11/26/16||DUKE 21||MIA 40||-16/55||W/O||-173||-93||-80|
|10/31/15||MIA 30||DUKE 27||-10/51.5||L/O||49||63||-14|
|9/27/14||DUKE 10||MIA 22||-3.5/58.5||W/U||-162||-118||-44|
|11/16/13||MIA 30||DUKE 48||3.5/64||W/O||-22||172||-194|
|11/24/12||MIA 52||DUKE 45||6.5/68.5||L/O||-63||-97||34|
|11/5/11||DUKE 14||MIA 49||-15.5/56.5||W/O||-125||-117||-8|
|10/16/10||MIA 28||DUKE 13||16/56.5||W/U||-158||-121||-37|
|11/21/09||DUKE 16||MIA 34||-19/56.5||L/U||-138||-93||-45|
|10/18/08||MIA 49||DUKE 31||3/40||L/O||-87||-12||-75|
|9/29/07||DUKE 14||MIA 24||-24/47||L/U||-128||-124||-4|
Miami Last 10
|11/19/16||@ NCST||W 27-13||-2.5/52||W/U||86||10||76|
|11/12/16||@ UVA||W 34-14||-10/54.5||W/U||161||140||21|
|10/29/16||@ ND||L 27-30||2/58.5||L/U||-105||-130||25|
|10/20/16||@ VT||L 16-37||4.5/52.5||L/O||-158||-209||51|
Duke Last 10
|9/23/17||@ UNC||W 27-17||1.5/61.5||W/U||11||68||-57|
|11/26/16||@ MIA||L 21-40||16/55||L/O||-173||-93||-80|
|11/19/16||@ PITT||L 14-56||9.5/61.5||L/O||-193||-199||6|
|10/29/16||@ GT||L 35-38||6.5/50.5||W/O||-46||-87||41|
|10/14/16||@ LOU||L 14-24||35/69.5||W/U||-230||-178||-52|