Miami University Prediction: What’s Going To Happen
There’s a whole lot to like on both sides of the ball, but a little luck will have to play a part in it – the team has to win all the close games; something it couldn’t do last year.
The receiving corps will be fine despite all of the big losses. Having Gus Ragland at quarterback will make everyone better, and there really will be more of a running game – but Miami has been waiting a long, long time for that.
There aren’t enough dangerous passers on the slate to take advantage of the mediocre MU pass rush and light secondary, and the run D should be good enough to finish among the MAC’s best.
It’s all there for Miami to be in the hunt for the East title, but it’ll come up just short.
Guessing The Preseason Regular Season Win Total Will Be Set At … 5.5
There’s too much talent and too much experience to settle for another five-win season, but the schedule might not help the cause.
There’s not a game on the slate MU can’t win, but going to Minnesota and Army won’t be easy, and Marshall and Cincinnati will be a whole lot stronger.
Going to Northern Illinois and Buffalo is a big problem – those might be the MAC’s two best teams. Out of those two, and the four non-conference games, that’s at least four losses. That means there can’t be any whiffs against Ohio at home, or against a more dangerous Bowling Green on the road, or defending East champ Akron away from Oxford.
It’ll come down to the regular season finale against Ball State to get that sixth win to become bowl eligible, and MU should be able to pull it off.