Miami Ohio Redhawks 2022 College Football Preview
July 3, 2022
Record – 7-6
ATS – 6-7
The Redhawks were slow off the mark losing four of their first six games. They caught fire in the 2nd half and won four of five contests before losing to Kent St in a painful affair (L 48-47). That sent FlashFAST to the MAC Championship Game and the Redhawks to the DUSTBIN OF MAC HISTORY. They finished things off with a victory over North Texas in the Frisco Bowl (W 27-14) and ended the season at 7-6.
Miami Redhawks 2022 Outlook
Miami Ohio was average on offense LY (#8 MAC scoring offense, #6 total offense) and relied on their fine QB Brett Gabbert to do most of the damage through the air. Gabbert posted an excellent 26-6 TD to INT mark and gets back the majority of his THROW GAME weapons with the exception of the ageless Jack Sorenson (76, 1406, 18.5, 10 TD) who was declined a waiver by the NCAA to participate in a 12th season **. The Redhawks didn’t get much done on the ground LY (148 YPG, #81 FBS) but they bring back their top-four (!) RBs from last year’s squad and should be able to be more balanced. Four starters are back up front and they have good size. This looks like a pretty good offense that’ll cause MAC teams some problems.
** needs fact check
The Redhawks played great defense LY (#2 MAC scoring defense, #3 total defense) and allowed fewer than 30 PPG for the 6th consecutive season. They were also able to achieve impressive PENETRATION and sacked opposing QBs 38 times (#4 MAC). They’ll be challenged to achieve those lofty heights in 2022 as they return just five starters and one of their top-five tacklers. There are yuuuuge holes to be filled on the DL in terms of experience and the ability to PENETRATE and that has us very concerned. The LB corps will be the strength of the stop unit with the return of Matthew Salopek and Ryan McWood who led the team in tackles during the 2020 SCAMDEMIC season. The secondary? They lose basically everyone of consequence from last year’s squad.
The Redhawks have continuity O’ PLENTY and bring back their KR, PR, punter, and PK Graham Nicholson who hit 15-20 FG attempts LY.
Overall – It’s not bad. They drew fairly well from the West by missing Toledo and getting Ball St on the schedule. The non-conference slate has three tough ones and a layup.
Potential ATS Trouble Spot – Nothing overly-heinous is noted.
Season Win Total
Over 6.5 -140
Under 6.5 +110
The Redhawks are a good bet to go 1-3 before MACtion starts. Six wins is probably the floor for this squad so GUN TO THE HEAD selection would be a sprinkle on the “over”.
Miami Ohio is a phenomenal 11-0 at home over the L3Y.
HC Chuck Martin is 37-22-1 ATS in MACtion (63%). WHOA, NELLIE!
This looks like the best team in the East on paper, but as well often say, the games aren’t played on paper or by tiny action figures in your TV set **. The offense looks really good but the defense is a major question mark. They’re the most likely winner of the division but we’ll probably take a stab at a longshot or two. Stay tuned!
** that joke was WAY more funny when there were “TV sets”. Guess we’re getting old, yo.
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