Kirk Herbstreit excited for Miami football under Mario Cristobal

Jul 21, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 21, 2022; Charlotte, NC, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports /

In a conference call with reporters earlier this week ESPN lead college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit said he can’t wait to see the Miami football team under Mario Cristobal and what their potential is when we get into the season. Miami will open the season on Saturday at Hard Rock Stadium versus Bethune-Cookman.

Herbstreit projected that the main ESPN college football team with play-by-play announcer Chris Fowler may call the Miami football game at Texas A&M on September 17. The Aggies and Hurricanes are both heavy favorites in their first two games of the 2022 season. Miami hosts Southern Mississippi next week.

Texas A&M begins the season by hosting Sam Houston State and Appalachian State. Herbstreit went into detail about Florida State and Texas A&M. Clemson and Texas A&M will be the games that will draw national attention for Miami. ESPN College Gameday could be at Clemson and College Station for Miami.

Miami added 11 transfers, five of whom could start on defense and signed the 16th ranked 2022 class per the 247 Sports composite rankings. The Hurricanes are expected to be a more physical team under Cristobal. Expect more offensive balance under new coordinator Josh Gattis. Miami should improve throughout the season.

"“Can’t wait to see what Miami is and who they are with Mario Cristobal, but it remains to be seen who they potentially are going to be by the time we get into the season.”"

Cristobal has installed a more business-like culture. The Miami football team will be expected to be disciplined. Miami is picked to win the ACC Coastal Division by conference writers. The expectations are high for Miami in the inaugural season under Cristobal. Miami will compete with Cristobal as head coach.

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Cristobal provides Miami another high profile coach. The same was true of Mark Richt. Richt retired following a 7-6 2018 season and a 26-13 record in three years with Miami. Cristobal returns home following a 35-13 record in four seasons as the Oregon head coach. College football will be asking who Miami is under Cristobal.