Miami football named to USA Today misery index

Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 26, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Following its 42-16 season-ending loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night the Miami football team was named by Dan Wolken of USA Today to his “Misery Index Week 13.” Florida, Memphis, Northwestern and Rutgers were also anointed with Miami as the “miserable but not miserable enough” teams.

The list by Wolken was based on how the games played out during week 13. Clemson, Mississippi Ohio State, Oklahoma and Oregon were the four teams mentioned on the Misery Index ahead of the programs Miserable but not miserable enough. Oregon blew a 31-10 lead in a 38-34 loss to Oregon State.

Miami head coach Mario Cristobal was criticized throughout the season by Oregon fans for not being a good game manager. Wolken strongly criticized Oregon head coach Dan Lanning for poor clock management in their loss to Oregon State. The misery for Miami goes far beyond poor game management.

The Miami football season in general has been a miserable one. Miami allowed 40 or more points in a game five times for the first time in program history. The Hurricanes scored 20 points or less six times this season. Miami failed to qualify for a bowl game for the first time since 2007. Wolken commented on Miami.

"Miserable but not miserable enoughMiami: “No fan base is happier this season has ended than the Hurricanes, who have endured a string of unacceptably lopsided losses. In finishing 5-7, Miami lost by 14 to Middle Tennessee, by 24 to Duke, by 42 to Florida State, by 30 to Clemson and finally by 26 to Pittsburgh.You’re not supposed to commit $80 million to a big name coach and get worse, but Miami has actually pulled it off under Mario Cristobal. Who knows what the future holds, especially if Cristobal recruits the way his track record suggests?But his first year has undeniably been a bust, and it will take something special early in Year 2 to get that fan base to buy in again.”"

The Miami offense has regressed significantly in 2022 after being one of the best in the country in 2021. Miami has set new lows this year. The Miami football team lost five straight home games in the same season for the first time since 1963. Expect a significant roster turnover for Miami during the 2023 off-season.

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Miami has already lost six players to the transfer portal. With the season ending on Saturday night expect far more Hurricanes to transfer. Mario Cristobal said in the post-game that Miami will be very active in adding transfers for 2023. Miami hosts Texas A&M in 2023 week two. The Aggies also finished the 2022 season 5-7.