2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Miami University Offense
Keep on not screwing up. This isn’t going to be the most explosive of offenses – it struggled to crank up too much of a downfield passing game last year, and that was with Gus Ragland under center. This season, it should take a little while to come up with any consistency considering the schedule over the first month – more on that in a moment.
Since this isn’t going to be a scoring machine – at least for a bit – doing all of the little things right is a must. The offense only turned the ball over ten times, there was only one fumble over the last five games, and the attack was automatic inside the 20 – MU led the nation in red zone offense. Now it has to do it all again, while hoping the O starts to score in bunches like it did once the MAC campaign kicked in.
Biggest Key To The Miami University Defense
Force more field goals after giving up long drives. Two. That’s how many field goals opposing offenses ended up making inside the red zone against the Miami defense. To be fair, opposing kickers missed two of them, but the two made were the fewest allowed by any defense – that’s not a positive.
The RedHawks were hit for touchdowns on close to 77% of the scoring drives deep into their own territory – only five teams were worse. Again, to be fair, Oklahoma was dead last in the nation in red zone defense and touchdowns allowed, and it turned out to be pretty good.
Miami’s O isn’t/wasn’t Oklahoma’s O.
Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Jackson Williamson, Soph.
Or Brett Gabbert, or AJ Meyer, or any one of the six quarterback options looking to replace All-MAC performer Gus Ragland. Williamson got on the field for a few games last year, but he didn’t get a shot to do much of anything. He’s a dangerous passer, though, with a live arm and the ability to grow into the gig – if he wins it in fall camp.
Key Game To The Miami University Season
Buffalo, Sept. 28
Unless something crazy happens, MU should be 1-3 to start the season. It’ll beat Tennessee Tech, and it should give Cincinnati a hard time, but starting out the season with road games at Iowa, Cincinnati and Ohio State isn’t going to be fun. And then comes the MAC opener against Buffalo.
Last year, MU started out the season 1-4 as it dug a hole it couldn’t pull out of. It was close to doing it, but the 51-42 loss to Buffalo turned out to be a killer for bowl hopes. This time around, after going 2-4 in the series in the last six, a win over the defending East champ is a must with Western Michigan and Northern Illinois to follow.
– Miami University Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Miami University Fun Stats
– Field Goals: Miami 10-of-13 – Opponents 5-of-9
– 2nd Quarter Scoring: Miami 124 – Opponents 60
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 11.2 – Miami 2.7