Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Miami University RedHawks season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Miami University
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
– Miami University Previews 2017 | 2016 | 2015
2010 was a long, long time ago.
Miami University used to be a MAC powerhouse, but it had one amazing conference championship-winning run in 2010, and that’s been it since 2005. The program that went 13-1 with Ben Roethlisberger at the helm in 2003 has one winning season in the last 12 years.
This is the team to break through, but the experience has to translate into wins in close games.
Coming off an amazing run to a bowl game in 2016, the 2017 RedHawks had the pieces in place to contend in a weak MAC East.
Instead, they managed to los five games by eight points or fewer, and they did the near-impossible and lost to both Bowling Green and Kent State. Bowling Green’s only other win was over Kent State, and Kent State’s only other win was over Howard.
Miami has to be able to bust out of its shell a bit. It has to crank up the pace a bit, it has to finally run the ball for over 2,000 yards again, and it has to use all the good parts returning to come up with a winning season.
Gus Ragland might just be the MAC’s best quarterback – at least when he’s on – and he get to work behind a line with all five starters back. James Gardner is one of the league’s top receivers, and the running backs are good enough to do more – it’s time to start scoring 40 points a game once in a while.
The linebacking corps is as good as any in the MAC, and while there needs to be more of a pass rush, the line should be fine against the run.
Solid offense, good enough defense, decent special teams – it’s enough to get to six wins in the MAC.
It’s enough to expect a lot more wins.