Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The grumblings have started again in talent-rich South Florida about Miami Hurricanes Football Coach Al Golden. Hurricane fans in the “SUNSHINE STATE” want to return to prominence in the College Football landscape. The Al Golden era could be coming to an end. Golden enters his fifth season in Coral Gables with a 28-22 record, which is unacceptable at the “U”. Miami went 6-7 overall in 2014, 3-5 in ACC play. Miami plays in the Coastal Division. Only nine starters return on both sides of the Football from last season team. The Hurricanes lost to South Carolina in the Independence Bowl. The Miami Hurricanes plays home games at the 65,000 seat Sun Life Stadium, also the home of the NFL Dolphins in Miami Gardens, Florida.
Only four starters return to offensive coordinator James Coley offense this season. Sophomore quarterback Brad Kaaya (3,198) passing yards as a true freshman will run the offense. Coley should have no problem replacing two NFL draft picks at the skilled positions. Finding a talent like the number nine overall draft pick Ereck Flowers will be a challenge. The o-line lost two other starters to graduation. Miami always has talent at the skill positions and 2015 will be no different. Miami native Joe Yearby, who is a former backfield mate of Florida State Dalvin Cook, will get the majority of carries from the running back position. Mark Walton and Gus Edwards will spell Yearby. Wide Reciever James Coley is set to have a breakout season. The coaching staff must plug in talent along the offensive line. Golden and his staff has been accused of letting too much local high school talent get away from the program. The Miami Hurricanes went 5-8 on College Football Betting Picks last season, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total nine times.
*The Miami Hurricanes offense was 48th nationally, putting up 430.3 yards per game.
*The Hurricanes were 4-3 Against The Spread at Sun Life Stadium last season.
*Miami went 1-5 Against The Point Spread on the road.
*The betting odds total went 3-4 in Miami Gardens in 2014.
*The Hurricanes went over the betting odds total only once on the road.
*The “CANES” stayed under the betting odds total five times on the road.
*The Miami passing attack was 48th in the land, averaging 249.9 yards per contest through the air.
*Miami put 29.2 ppg on the scoreboard, 62nd in College Football.
*The UM running game ranked 15th in the land, averaging 180.4 yards per game on the ground.
Defensive Coordinator Mark D’Onofrio must replace a high NFL draft pick at linebacker. The Miami defense returns five starters. The majority of the talent is in the secondary. Senior cornerback Tray Howard is going to have a breakout season. Senior safeties Deon Bush and Dallas Crawford are also very good. The linebackers have talent and will get better as the season progresses. There are pass rushers on the defensive line with ends Al Quadin Muhammad, who is coming off of a suspension. They Miami defense also has two senior tackles who have experience. It will be hard for the Miami defense to replicate last season success, but there is talent.
*The University of Miami defense gave up 333.1 yards per contest in 2014, 16th in College Football.
*The Miami pass defense also ranked 16th in the FBS, allowing 191.4 yards per game through the air.
*Miami gave up 24.3 ppg to the opposition, 37th nationally.
*The Hurricanes rush defense gave up 141.7 yards per contest, 34th in the land.
*Miami hosts Nebraska in an out conference game on September 19th.
*The Hurricanes will also host ACC opponents Virginia Tech and Clemson in October.
Bovada lists the Miami Hurricanes at over/under five and a half wins in 2015.