Miami football one of 2020 CFB most dominant teams

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Miami football team has been one of the most dominant teams in college football in 2020 with an average scoring margin of 24 points per game.

The Miami football team is ninth nationally in scoring margin in 2020 outscoring their opponents by an average of 24 points through the first three games of the season. That is an improvement from 2019 when the Hurricanes were 57th with an average scoring margin of 0.7 PPG among 130 FBS teams.

Miami has accomplished its dominance against an average strength of schedule. The Hurricanes schedule ranks 39th out of 72 FBS teams that have played this season according to sports reference. UAB and Louisville will be good teams by the end of 2020. Florida State brings the Miami strength of schedule down.

The Miami football strength of schedule graded out at -1.86. The strength of schedule for Miami in 2019 was -0.18 which was 71st out of 130 FBS teams. Miami has been one of the most dominant teams on both sides of the ball. The Hurricanes rank 14th on offense and 28th on defense in yards per play.

Miami is averaging 6.68 yards per play on offense and allowing 5.16 yards per play defensively. The Hurricanes are also 14th on offense averaging 499 yards per game. The Miami defense is 31st allowing 377 yards per game. A lot of those yards came against Louisville in the fourth quarter with a commanding lead.

The Cardinals had 516 yards of offense against Miami, but 156 came in the fourth quarter. Miami entered the final 15 minutes with a 37-20 lead. Louisville had to use two eight-play drives totaling 7:08 of the clock and 162 yards in the fourth quarter. A late Cardinals onside kick gave them an extra possession.

Miami linebacker Zach McCloud forced a strip-sack and fumble recovery of Louisville quarterback Malik Cunningham at the Hurricanes 44-yardline with 1:01 remaining. Miami ran out the clock from there for the 47-34 victory. In their 31-14 season-opening win over UAB, the Hurricanes outgained the Blazers 492-285.

Miami gained most of their yards against UAB on the ground with 337 yards rushing. The most impressive performance of the season for Miami came last Saturday against Florida State. Miami outgained FSU 517-330. The 52-10 victory was not even that close. Miami scored TDs on its first five possessions and led 38-3 at halftime.

By halftime, Miami outgained Florida State 333-105, had a 23-9 advantage in first downs and a 17:36-12:24 edge in time of possession. After being criticized for having a high percentage of their yards on big plays against Louisville (two 75-yard TDs and one 47-yard TD) Miami had sustained drives against Florida State.

Five of the seven Miami TD drives against Florida State were 13, 15, 11, 12 and nine plays. Through its first three games, the Miami football team has proven it can be an explosive offense able to exploit opposing defenses for big plays or take what a defense is giving them and methodically go down the field to score.

New Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee has completely transformed the Miami offense and thus far has proven to be a better play-caller than the defensive coordinators he is opposing. The Miami defense has continued to be among the best nationally getting into opposing backfields.

Miami is third nationally with 31 tackles for loss in its first three games. With 10 sacks in its first three games, Miami is fourth nationally. If Miami continues to play with the lead as often as they have early in the season, the Hurricanes will continue to be near the top nationally in TFLs and sacks.

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With a dominating offense, the Miami defense will not have to do as much defensively and will likely give up more yards and points playing with the lead late in games. As the college football season enters October, Miami has been one of the most dominant teams in the country.