ESPN ranks Miami at #85 overall, #27 among the 65 G-5 teams. Im pretty sure that’s our best ranking since the Independence Bowl team in 2004. In my opinion, our next step back to relevance would be finishing at #65 or higher overall and in the top 15 of G5.
Can we get there in 2022?
It is possible, but I wouldn’t bet a lot on it. It would be great to be relevant again.
ESPN has us finishing 4th in the MAC this season after the bowls behind Toledo, Western and Central. They obviously gave Toledo a boost because of their showing at ND and they discounted our win over Central after their win over a good PAC 12 team. They also gave us a boost after beating UNT and discounted our losses to Eastern and Ohio.
College Football Power Index on the ESPN site. I tried to cut and paste it but it didn’t work.
I would have to imagine we were higher in 2010 after a 10-win season and beating a ranked NIU team.
We’re also 85th among FBS teams in Sagarin (behind three FCS schools so we’re 88th overall), ahead of a few P5 programs for what it’s worth.
In the final SP+ rankings (the computer rankings by Bill Connelly, a writer for ESPN) we are 73 with a rating of 1.5 meaning that we’d be favored by 1.5 on a neutral field against the “average” FBS team. Toledo at 56 and a rating of 6.9 is the only MAC team ahead of us. We are ahead of several P5 teams.
64th offense, 67th defense, just weighed down a bit by the 101st special teams.
I was thinking so, too. That’s why I asked which ranking these were.
Probably fairly close.
Nope. They ranked us #90 at the end of 2010. That was relatively worse than this year as there were only 120 teams in 2010.
That 2010 team finished with a point differential of -23. 6 of their conference wins were by one possession. Credit to them for getting 10 wins and a title, but they weren’t an especially good team.