Miami Football 2017: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The 2017 Miami Football RedHawks appeared full of promise in late August as students returned to Oxford for the fall semester. Coming off a six-game regular-season win streak and a bowl berth against an SEC foe, the Red and White seemed poised to make a run at a Mid-American Conference championship with major players including Gus Ragland, Heath Harding, and James Gardner all returning. Fast forward to today — the season has come and gone with the ‘Hawks finishing 5-7, with no hope of going to a bowl game. Those early days of buzz have turned into wondering what...

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Miami loses Bowl eligibility on Senior Night

Wednesday night’s football game had a plethora of ramifications for the Miami RedHawks — the final home game of the season was the last chance for seniors such as Tony Reid, Heath Harding and Ryan Smith to play at Yager Stadium to become one game closer to bowl eligibility. On the other hand, the Eastern Michigan Eagles, coming in with seven losses, had no postseason aspirations to play for on a weeknight road game. However, the Eagles appeared to be the inspired team early on while Miami slept walk on their opening possessions. Before the ‘Hawks could even get a play off to start the game, offensive linemen jumped on consecutive snaps, putting the Red and White in an early first and 20 position. A few plays later, the RedHawk offense stalled and punted it into the eager hands of the Eagles offense, who proceeded to keep the Miami defense on its heels for the entirety of the first quarter. Only averaging 110 rushing yards per game in 2017, Eastern Michigan ran 13 times for 99 yards in the opening quarter of play, thanks in large part to junior running back Ian Erickson — Erickson rushed for 86 yards in the touchdown in the first quarter alone. “They didn’t really do too much we hadn’t seen,” Redshirt junior linebacker Brad Koenig said. “We were prepared for it, we just...

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Miami looks to inch closer to Bowl game on Senior Night

When Eastern Michigan and Miami take the Yager Stadium field Wednesday, it will be a matchup of two programs that have experienced heartbreak during the 2017 campaign. Much like the RedHawks, the Eagles have a record that is not close to being representative of the talent coach Chris Creighton’s squad has. Of the seven losses Eastern has sustained, six have come by only one score or less. In those six games, the Eagles have lost by an average of 3.83 points with three going into overtime — a storyline all too familiar for Chuck Martin and the Miami RedHawks....

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With Ragland’s return Miami fights for win, Bowl game

  For four weeks now, Miami fans, reporters and students alike have had one question surrounding the RedHawk football team: Will Gus play? Tuesday, football fans in Oxford, the MAC and nationwide rejoiced to hear that the ‘Hawks’ redshirt junior signal caller Gus Ragland, would in fact start against the Akron Zips. Even the bettors in Las Vegas took notice, as the line jumped five points in favor of Miami immediately following the news of Ragland’s return breaking. Early on, Ragland’s value that caused such a ripple effect in the sports world did not appear worthy of a five...

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College football playoffs ranking predictions

College football is a sport characterized by its uncertainty — right when a team makes a statement and cements itself as the cream of the crop, it turns around the next week and drops a game to an underdog. The madness of college football was once again on full display this weekend, specifically with our “friends” to the north, the Ohio State Buckeyes. Urban Meyer’s squad mounted a giant comeback last week against Penn State, in which senior quarterback J.T. Barrett played a nearly perfect fourth quarter to overcome an 18-point deficit. This week, the Buckeyes travelled to play a 5-3 Iowa team and entered the game favored to win by nearly 20 points, but were dominated by the Hawkeyes by a score of 55-24. After putting the state of Ohio on his back one week, Barrett sent Columbus into misery the next — throwing four interceptions in a lopsided upset. This is the nature of the sport, where the only things you can count on are uncertainty and debate. The source of this debate will resurface tonight, as the College Football Playoff Committee will release their second installment of rankings. Inevitably, fans of teams ranked no. 5 to 25 will take up arms on Twitter after finding themselves on the outside looking in on the playoffs, while supporters of the top-four programs will furiously defend their teams. With...

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