National CFB writer states Mario Cristobal 2023 pressure high

Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA;AC Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA;AC Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports /

Jesse Simonton of On3 posted his2023 Pressure Check Rankings: Dino Babers, Mario Cristobal are among ACC coaches under the most pressure this fall” on Wednesday night. Simonton stated “Reminder: This is not a hot seat list. It’s a pressure gauge — Low, Medium, High and Extreme.”

Simonton gave Mario Cristobal a pressure gauge of high with Babers who coaches Syracuse the only measure of extreme. Babers is 36–49 in eight seasons at Syracuse. Cristobal has far more leeway entering his second season than Babers. Miami is expected to improve on its 5-7 inaugural season under Cristobal.

The pressure on Mario Cristobal entering the 2023 season is external. It will come from impatient fans and other detractors of Cristobal and the Miami football program. Miami fell to 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the ACC after being picked to finish first in the Coastal Division. Miami began the season ranked 16th nationally.

The expectations were high with Cristobal returning to his alma mater. Miami will have far more muted expectations entering the 2023 season. Cristobal is hopeful the 15 incoming transfers, the seventh-ranked freshman class and six new assistant coaches give Miami a new look entering the 2023 season.

"Mario Cristobal, Miami — High“Mario Cristobal is seeking a mulligan after a rather disastrous return to his alma mater in 2022. The Hurricanes went 5-7 after opening the season as a Top 10 team, and they were blown out in five games by at least two touchdowns. Cristobal completely overhauled his Year 1 staff, and he’s flipped much of the roster, too.He did what he’s always done this offseason, which is recruiting well (nation’s No. 6 class in 2023), but if he doesn’t stack some real wins this fall, the situation will start to become very uncomfortable — even for a head coach armed with a 10-year contract.”"

Miami has to be more competitive in 2023. The Hurricanes lost twice last season as a double-digit favorite at home. Miami finished 2-5 at home in 2022. The Hurricanes were favored in six of their seven home games and four of their five losses at Hard Rock Stadium. Winning home games will be a good place to start in 2023.

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Miami has an opportunity to get off to a good start in 2023. Miami (Ohio), Texas A&M and Bethune-Cookman travel to Hard Rock Stadium the first three weeks of the 2023 season. Miami plays at Temple in week four. After a bye week, Miami will host Georgia Tech on October 7. The opportunity is there to start 5-0.