Miami's play is not completely indicative of its 1-5 record.
Of course, eventually you have to win. But take a look at the RedHawks' losses and you'll see a close defeat against Northern Illinois and Purdue.
If those games go the other way, Miami is 3-3 overall, 2-1 in the MAC and boasts a win at a Big Ten stadium.
You could say the same about Akron's record, but I digress.
Here is how Miami stacks up as a team against the rest of the MAC in key statistics...
- 10th in scoring offense (Akron is ninth)
- Seventh in scoring defense (fifth)
- Third in pass offense (fourth)
- Second in pass defense (eighth)
- 11th in rushing offense (12th)
- 10th in rushing defense (fourth)
- Fifth in sacks (12th)
- Eighth in red zone offense (12th)
- 11th in 3rd down conversions (12th)
- 12th in sacks allowed (ninth)
- First in time of possession (eighth)
Regarding individual statistics...
- Quarterback Mike Kokal is behind only Luke Getsy in passing yards per game with an average of 226.5.
- Wide receiver Ryne Robinson is second in the MAC in receptions per game with 7.14. Dennis Kennedy is sixth with five. Robinson is also second in receiving yards per game at 86. David Harvey and Jabari Arthur are fifth and eighth, respectively. Robinson is also third in punt return average.
- Miami middle linebacker Joey Hudson has four interceptions, which is tied for most in the MAC. Defensive back Joey Card is among the league leaders in tackles.
I hate to rely solely on stats. CFN typically has reliable season previews. Here's what I gather...
- You will cringe at this fact: Kokal, the quarterback, is mobile. He is Miami's second-leading rusher, in fact.
- Brandon Murphy ran for 184 yards against Akron. Despite underwhelming overall numbers, Murphy is averaging more than four yards per carry this season.
- The offensive line is young with exceptions of the tackles, who are solid.
- Speed from the defensive ends Otto Linwood and Joe Coniglio has helped the pass rush. Inexperience from the tackles and linebackers makes Miami poor against the run.
- The defensive backs, led by Card, are one of the team's strengths.