Miami football 2023 best and worst case scenarios

Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 17, 2022; College Station, Texas, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Brad Crawford of 247 Sports published hisACC football 2023: Best and worst case scenarios for every team.” on Wednesday. The worst-case projection for the Miami football team from Crawford is still a two-game improvement over their 5-7 2022 season. Crawford is optimistic about the 2023 Miami football season.

Mario Cristobal has turned over about half the Miami football roster and staff. New defensive coordinator Lance Guidry and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson are expected to provide a more aggressive playing style than their predecessors. Miami has over 40 new players via the transfer portal and 2023 signees.

Miami has one of the most difficult schedules in the ACC in 2023. Games versus Clemson and Texas A&M and at Florida State and North Carolina are huge challenges for Miami this fall. Getting off to a good start with a back-loaded schedule will be critical for Miami in 2023. Miami has an opportunity to start 5-0.

Miami opens the season against Miami (Ohio), hosts Texas A&M and Bethune-Cookman before traveling to Temple. After a bye week, Miami hosts Georgia Tech. Miami will be favored in all of those games except Texas A&M. At home, the Hurricanes can beat the Aggies. A 5-0 start is not out of reach.

"MIAMI HURRICANESBest case scenario: 11-1, 7-1Worst case: 7-5, 4-4Predicting what happens: Mario Cristobal continues to try and change Miami’s culture approaching his second season after Year 1 didn’t go as planned. Eleven wins is at the height of optimism for a team still trying to climb the mountain of national relevancy within a league with what appears to be two elite teams this fall.The home game with Texas A&M early is vital for Miami’s confidence level. Clemson, UNC, Florida State and NC State are the toughest games during league play, but the Hurricanes have a better roster than two of those squads from top to bottom."

Miami hosts Clemson on October 21 and plays at Florida State on November 11. The October 14 game at North Carolina will be another challenging game for Miami. Miami has lost to North Carolina in each of the last four seasons. Drake Maye and Tyler Van Dyke have been exceptional head-to-head in each of the last two seasons.

Crawford is likely referencing that Miami has a better roster from top to bottom than North Carolina and North Carolina State. By the time the 247 Sports team talent composite is released later this summer, Miami might be higher ranked than Florida State. Miami was 12th and Florida State was 17th last year.

dark. Next. Miami has favorable early schedule for good start

The 11-1 best-case scenario projected by Crawford is extremely ambitious. After a 5-7 season in 2022, Cristobal and his staff will look for improvement over a specified number of wins. Miami should always qualify for a bowl game barring unforeseen circumstances. Anything less than eight wins would upset the Miami fan base.