Miami football ranked in CBS Sports 2022 preseason top 20

Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 30, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is ranked 19th in the CBS Sports 2022 preseason rankings. Miami is the third highest ranked team in the ACC and tops the Coastal Division in the CBS Sports rankings. Clemson is fifth and North Carolina State 11th in the rankings. Notre Dame which plays versus five ACC opponents is ranked sixth.

CBS Sports ranks all 131 FBS teams. Miami was one of the biggest movers in the poll from the  2021 postseason moving up 26 spots. The hiring of Mario Cristobal as head coach and the return of quarterback Tyler Van Dyke has raised the expectations for the Mami football program nationally entering 2022.

Cristobal appeared in three Pac 12 Championship games winning two titles during his four seasons at Oregon. Miami played in its only ACC Championship Game in 2017. Cristobal has been praised for hiring an excellent staff. Miami added 11 transfers during the 2022 offseason with four projected to start on defense.

Miami and Pittsburgh who is 25th in the CBS Sports rankings will be the prohibitive favorites to win the ACC Coastal Division. North Carolina is the third highest ranked team by CBS Sports at 46th. Duke is the lowest rated ACC Coastal and Power Five team ranked 109th. Chip Patterson of CBS Sports summarized Miami.

"No. 19 Miami (+26): “Mario Cristobal comes in with a track record of contending for conference titles at Oregon. He also inherits a roster ready to challenge Clemson immediately in the ACC.Reigning ACC Rookie of the Year Tyler Van Dyke should have the offense humming again, and the Hurricanes defense has a strong combination of young breakout players from last year and new transfer portal additions.  If all the pieces gel, this adjustment won’t look so dramatic.”"

Sophomores, Defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams should all have major roles for Miami in 2022. Defensive ends Mitchell Agude and Akheem Mesidor, linebacker Caleb Johnson and cornerback Darryl Porter Jr. are the transfers who project to start on the 2022 Miami defense.

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The hiring of Cristobal has raised the expectations for the Miami football program. Games at Texas A&M on September 17 and Clemson on November 19 will be challenges. Miami should be favored in the other 10 games. A run at an ACC Coastal Division title with a chance to challenge Clemson in Charlotte could await Miami in 2022.