Best/Worst Case For One Of 2013's Worst Teams
By Thomas Delves
At the beginning of every season, experts, writers and fans look at the schedule and predict what will happen. For the 2014 season, the Miami University Redhawks surely will be projected in the bottom third of the Mid-American Conference.
After their winless 2013 season, it is easy to pick against the Redhawks, but here's best-case and worst-case scenarios for Miami.
Marshall at Miami
Best: Miami catches the Herd off guard playing at home with their new coach, Chuck Martin. Miami’s young lineup takes it to the Marshall veterans and wins opening weekend.
Worst: Miami gets blown out again on its home turf, making it 17 losses in a row dating back to 2012.
Eastern Kentucky at Miami
Best: This is a beatable team for the Redhawks. They build off week one and capture their second win, giving them their first 2-0 start since 2000.
Worst: The inexperienced roster hasn’t gelled yet and an average Eastern Kentucky team takes it to them at home, making it an 18-game losing streak.
Miami at Michigan
Best: Miami plays a smart and turnover-free game. The Redhawks lose by 10 points on national TV and confidence builds for Miami despite its first loss.
Worst: The Big House overwhelms the inexperienced team and the Redhawks lose by 40-plus points. The Miami offense doesn’t move the ball and it scores less than 10 points, which they did six times last season.
Miami at Cincinnati
Best: Notre Dame transfer Andrew Hendrix has a field day when he returns home to Cincinnati for his first experience playing in the Battle for the Bell. Hendrix shows his talent and rises up against an always-talented Bearcats team. Cincinnati has won the last eight meetings but this could be the year Miami steals a game.
Worst: Just like last season, Miami gives a good push in the first half, then comes out flat in the second. Miami fans are hoping Martin is better at the X’s and O’s than Don Treadwell was.
Miami at Buffalo
Best: After a long road trip and coming off an upset of Cincinnati, Miami plays a good game but gets tacked with a loss.
Worst: The long road trip and the losing streak weigh on the team’s confidence and it has a poor showing.
UMass at Miami
Best: Miami wins by 40 points.
Worst: Miami wins by 3 points.
Miami at Akron
Best: Miami throws down on the road for a huge MAC win. The offense is clicking at this point of the season and the defense isn’t giving up 35.7 points against a game like last season.
Worst: Akron plays well at home and beats Miami by seven like it did last season.
Miami at Northern Illinois
Best: The absence of Jordan Lynch leaves a huge hole that in week eight Northern Illinois still has not filled. Miami steals a game on the road ... unlikely. Miami takes one on the chin here.
Worst: It gets uglier than expected.
Kent State at Miami
Best: The Redhawks score 40 points and let their skill players rule the day.
Worst: Miami’s offense is stagnant and lose a winnable game at home.
Western Michigan at Miami
Best: Miami takes care of business.
Worst: Miami wins an ugly game, but it is still a win.
Miami at Central Michigan
Best: The Redhawks are a confident team at this point of the season. The offense is in control and tires opponent’s defenses out and gets the victory.
Worst: A tired, injured and inexperienced team rolls into Mount Pleasant.
Ohio University at Miami
Best: The young Redhawks learn about the rivalry and pull an upset like the one in 2012.
Worst: Miami loses for the seventh time in eight years against the Bobcats.
Dream Record: 8-4
Realistic Best Case: 6-6
Realistic Worst Case: 2-10