The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Miami University RedHawks.
No. 103: Miami University RedHawks
Spring Practice Starts: March 11
Spring Game: April 21
Miami University Spring Status
The RedHawks went 5-7 and were good enough to have been in the hunt for bowl eligibility, but good teams don’t lose to Bowling Green and Kent State – at least not last season.
But at least the program is back among the living. After several seasons as a doormat, MU got to a bowl in 2016 and was at least solid throughout last year. Now it’s about being more consistent.
Most of the receiving production is back, the running backs are there, and all five starters are back on the line. The defensive front returns most of the key players, but the secondary has to go through a wee bit of an overhaul.
However, enough of the top playmakers overall are back to get that sixth win this year, if not more.
Miami University Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. And it’s a fantastic problem to have. With Michigan transfer Alex Malzone coming in, incumbent Gus Ragland will get a strong push. Malzone has a big-time arm and the skills to have been a huge get for the Wolverines, but Ragland is the effective veteran who made the offense his over the last few seasons. At the very least, there’s a good 1-2 pecking order – in some way – despite the loss of former backup Billy Bahl.
Miami University Biggest Issue
Pass rush. There wasn’t any. The RedHak defense had a nasty time trying to get into the backfield, with just 18 sacks and 56 tackles for loss on the season. Almost all of the pass rushing production is back up front, but the disruption has to be there.
Miami University Biggest Positive
The offensive line should be terrific. A problem for a long, long, LONG time, the RedHawks were always saddled with one of the worst and most ineffective offense fronts in college football.
That all changed under head coach Chuck Martin, and now all five starters are aback from a line that was fifth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed, and gave up just 21 sacks. It would be nice, though, if the ground game could average more than four yards per pop.
Really, Why Are The Miami University RedHawks Ranked Here?
It’s a good year for the MAC, but the team sill has to prove it can consistently win the 50/50 games under Martin. It’s good enough to hang around with the better MAC teams, but it’s also been ultra-flaky at times.
There has to be a running game with so many key parts returning, and with these quarterbacks, there’s no excuse for the passing attack to not be better and more efficient.