|1||Aug. 31||@ Iowa|
|2||Sept. 7||vs. Tennessee Tech|
|3||Sept. 14||@ Cincinnati|
|4||Sept. 21||@ Ohio State|
|5||Sept. 28||vs. Buffalo|
|7||Oct. 12||@ WMU|
|8||Oct. 19||vs. NIU|
|9||Oct. 26||@ Kent State|
|11||Nov. 6 (Wed)||@ Ohio||ESPN2|
|12||Nov. 13 (Wed)||vs. BGSU||ESPN2/ESPNU|
|13||Nov. 20 (Wed)||vs. Akron||ESPN2/ESPNU|
|14||Nov. 29 (Fri)||@ Ball State|
Bill Connelly’s info on the RedHawks
Avg. 5-year rank: 99
Returning production rank overall/offense/defense (%): 95/89/86 (57%/57%/57%)
4-year recruiting rank (2019 rank): 96 (89)
If Miami’s actually going to rise above to seven or even eight wins in Chuck Martin’s sixth season, it’ll have to do so with a lot of turnover on both sides of the ball and a pretty difficult schedule.
This year, Miami has three rivalry games on the docket (Cincy, Ohio, NIU) (okay, four if you actually want to include Ball State in the “Red Bird Rivalry” but I’m not going to play along with that fake charade), three Saturday home games (Tennessee Tech, Buffalo, NIU) and three weeknight TV games (Ohio, Bowling Green, Akron).
The first four games are all non-conference foes: at Iowa, home to Tennessee Tech, at Cincinnati and at Ohio State. Luckily, the FCS team on the schedule isn’t in the “actually, they’re pretty good for an FCS team” category, coming off back-to-back one-win seasons. But Iowa’s obviously good. Good luck keeping the Ohio State game close. Cincinnati’s the next-best chance for Miami to get two wins, but the Bearcats are one of the 50 best teams in college football.
That, and Cincinnati’s still riding a 13-game win streak over Miami in this Battle for the Bell series.
Speaking of rivalries, the MAC picked the longest-running conference rivalry to spotlight on Wednesday, Nov. 6 to celebrate college football’s 150th birthday. That would be the Battle of the Bricks, Miami at Ohio. Miami will be coming off of a week-and-a-half long break between games, and it’ll be on ESPN2. The RedHawks finally won this game last year, the first time during the Chuck Martin era.
The crossover games include a road trip to Western Michigan, a homestand against Northern Illinois for the Mallory Cup (both are MAC West heavyweights), then the “Red Bird Rivalry” (I reject that this is an actual rivalry but whatever) to end the season at Ball State. By then, maybe Ball State will be a better team than what I can give it credit for right now.
Against MAC East teams, Miami’s got an unseasoned Buffalo at home in Week 5, at Kent State in late October, the Ohio game, home against Bowling Green, then home against Akron.
Definitely enough wiggle room for it to be a tough season with a fighting chance to be bowl-eligible, but it’ll have to be a unique season for Miami to steal some really difficult wins over its non-conference and rivalry opponents.