13 Teams/13 Days Countdown: Miami RedHawks

Updated 8/26/2013

Conference: MAC, East Division
Location: Oxford, Ohio
Nickname: RedHawks
Returning starters: 12 (6 offense, 6 defense)
2012 record: 4-8 (3-5 MAC)
Aug. 31 -- at Marshall, 7 p.m. (CBS Sports Network)
Sept. 7 -- at Kentucky, Noon (Fox Sports Net)
Sept. 21 -- Cincinnati, TBD
Sept. 28 -- at Illinois, TBD
Oct. 5 -- Central Michigan, 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 -- at Massachusetts, 3 p.m.
Oct. 19 -- Akron, 1 p.m.
Oct. 26 -- at Ohio, 2 p.m.
Nov. 5 -- Bowling Green, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov. 13 -- at Kent State, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov. 19 -- Buffalo, 8 p.m. (ESPN2/ESPNU)
Nov. 29 -- at Ball State, TBD (ESPNU/ESPN3)
SOCIAL MEDIA (Accounts to FOLLOW on Twitter if you are a RedHawk Fan)
University Accounts: @MiamiRedHawks; @MiamiOHFootball; @CoachDTreadwell; @MiamiOH_DSayler; @DaveMeyerMU
Media Coverage: @RickCassano
Fan Accounts: @MiamiHawkTalk
In a nutshell: The schedule will allow Miami to match last season's win total – but given how the RedHawks miss Toledo and NIU while getting Buffalo, Akron and Central Michigan at home, another four-win finish would be a tremendous disappointment. Yet that's where we are: Miami is not truly good in any one spot, terrible at others, and there's little reason for confidence as the program enters its third season under Treadwell and his staff.
Let's take the good news where we can get it. Miami is fortunate to have an experienced senior like Boucher on hand to replace Dysert under center. The defensive line is loaded with seniors, with one, Brown, a huge addition along the interior. Wade is a linchpin of the entire front seven on the strong side; Nunley is one of the top cornerbacks in the MAC, and there's nice depth at the position. Moving Wes Williams down at end on a permanent basis should lead to steady progress from the pass rush.
These are positives. The negatives? Let's see: the offensive line, pass protection, run blocking, the backfield, the lack of depth at receiver, the subtle changes toward youth at linebacker and the game of musical chairs at safety. These are not good things; these are things that will lead a team to make nothing out of an enviable MAC schedule. Could this team be worse than last season's group yet win the same number of games – if not win five, even? Without a doubt. The schedule will allow Miami to hang along, treading water, but I see zero improvement between the white lines.
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