Numbers show Miami football offense improved significantly in 2023

The Miami football team improved significantly offensively by most measures in 2023.

Nov 18, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal looks on from
Nov 18, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal looks on from / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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After finishing the 2022 season 5-7, the Miami football team improved by 1.5 games in 2023. While their record improved slightly, Miami improved significantly offensively. Mario Cristobal received far more production offensively under new coordinator Shannon Dawson.

Miami finished 97th nationally in 2022, averaging 23.6 points per game. Led by Dawson, Miami vaulted to 39th in FBS averaging 31.5 PPG in 2023. Miami's offensive numbers plummeted when the competition improved. Miami was 113th nationally in 2022, averaging 19.4 PPG against FBS opponents.

Miami was 86th, averaging 16.9 PPG versus Power Five opponents in 2022. The anemic 2022 offense led to Cristobal replacing OC Josh Gattis with Dawson. Under Dawson, Miami finished 38th in 2023, averaging 30.1 PPG versus FBS opponents. Miami finished 37th, averaging 28.2 PPG versus Power Five opponents.

Miami finished third in the ACC in scoring in 2023. The Hurricanes dropped to sixth in the ACC in conference games, averaging 26.3 PPG. The production for the Miami offense dropped off significantly in the ACC. When quarterback Tyler Van Dyke struggled with interceptions, the Miami offense was unable to match its pace in non-conference play.

Total Offense

Miami finished 86th in 2022 averaging 367.4 total yards per game. Dawson led an early resurgence in the Miami offense in 2023. Miami finished the 2023 season 31st nationally averaging 431.2 total yards per game. The Hurricanes were 32nd nationally in 2023 averaging 418.0 total yards per game versus FBS opponents.