Miami football 53rd in Power 5 rankings after 2022 bowl season

Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 12, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football team is ranked 53rd out of 65 nationally by Brad Crawford of 247 Sports in their “College football rankings: Rating all 65 Power Five teams after 2022 bowl season” Boston College who finished 3-9 is 62nd, Virginia Tech 60th (3-8) and Virginia who is 58 (3-7) are the only ACC teams ranked below Miami.

Miami suffered through a disappointing 5-7 inaugural 2022 season under Mario Cristobal. After signing the fourth ranked 2023 class Miami will likely be much higher in the Power Five rankings throughout the offseason. Transfers and signees on National Signing Day in February will influence future rankings.

The most disappointing of this sector of the power ratings might be Miami, a team most assumed would challenge North Carolina at the top of the ACC’s Coastal Division. Instead, Mario Cristobal’s first campaign was miserable, highlighted by home blowout losses to Middle Tennessee, Duke and Florida State” per Crawford.

The Miami football team was the preseason favorite as picked by ACC media. Miami also suffered a blowout loss to Pittsburgh in the last game of the season. A win over the Panthers would have made the Hurricanes bowl eligible. Cristobal and his staff have a big job ahead of them changing the Miami culture.

Miami will not have the luxury of playing in the mediocre ACC Coastal Division in 2023 or beyond. The 2022 season was the last year the ACC will use divisions. Beginning in 2023 the two teams with the best conference records will advance to the conference championship game. That makes it more difficult for former Coastal teams.

Teams in the ACC Atlantic now only have to finish second to earn a berth to the conference championship game. Clemson won its seventh ACC Championship in the last eight years in 2022. Miami will have to impact transfers to its 2023 roster have a chance to challenge to be at the top of the ACC.

Looking forward for Miami football program

Miami has added transfer cornerback Davonte Brown from Central Florida, defensive tackle Thomas Gore, offensive lineman Javion Cohen from Alabama and linebacker Francisco Mauigoa from Washington State to the 2023 roster. Those four are solid players who improve the roster and add depth but are not impact players.

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Miami likely needs a few transfers similiar to adding quarterback D’Eriq King ahead of the 2020 season and wide receiver Charleston Rambo for 2021. After the 2022 season Miami needs significant improvement both defensively and offensively. Expect more changes throughout the 2023 offseason.