Miami (OH) 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction

Miami (OH) 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction Photo by Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Breaking Down the Miami (OH) Redhawks Win Total

2020 College Football Season

Miami (OH): O/U 7.0 Wins -- Title Odds:

The Miami (OH) Redhawks finished atop the MAC East and will be looking to mirror that during the 2020 campaign.  Miami finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (8-6), while going (6-2) in MAC play.  The offense wasn’t one of the more potent ones at the FBS level, averaging just 24.1 points per game.  The defense allowed just over 28 points per game, which ranked 69th.  The program is under the direction of Chuck Martin. 

The offense was led by quarterback Brett Gabbert.  Gabbert passed for 2,411 yards, while throwing 11 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.  The quarterback out of Saint Louis, MO was just a freshman.  The backfield was paced by Jaylon Bester.  Bester rushed for 741 yards, while scoring 14 touchdowns.  The running back will be entering his senior season.  Wideout Jack Sorenson was the leader in receiving yards last season and he is back for the 2020 campaign.  Sorenson hauled in 44 receptions for 568 yards and 4 scores.  James Maye also returns, after registering 506 yards receiving.  

As a team the defense recorded 38 sacks, 11 interceptions, and recovered 9 fumbles.  The defense was guided by Ryan McWood.  McWood had a team high 99 tackles, while also adding 1.5 sacks.  He is back for the 2020 season.  The defense had 5 players that registered at least 4 sacks a year ago.  Linebacker Ivan Pace Jr. had a team leading 7 sacks.  Pace was just a freshman, so he is back for his sophomore year.  The secondary should be paced again by Sterling Weatherford.  Weatherford knocked down 10 passes, while adding 1 interception.  The defensive back also was 2nd on the team in tackles, totaling 98.  The defense will have to overcome the loss of defensive back Travion Banks.  Banks collected 6 pass break ups and had 5 interceptions. 

Let us take a look at the Miami (OH) schedule for the 2020 season. 

Sept. 5 at Pitt

Sept. 12 Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Sept. 19 Cincinnati

Sept. 26 at Akron

Oct. 3 Army

Oct. 10 at Bowling Green

Oct. 17 Ohio

Oct. 24 at Central Michigan

Oct. 31 Ball State

Nov. 10 at Buffalo

Nov. 17 Kent State

Nov. 27 Eastern Michigan

The Redhawks open the season on the road against ACC member Pittsburgh.  Miami will then return home to play host to Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Cincinnati.  The last non-conference game is a home contest against Army.  Miami will see three of their four out of conference games at home. 

The projected win total is set at 7 wins.  Miami should go 2-2 in non-conference play, with wins over Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Army.  Miami doesn’t have the toughest road schedule in conference play.  Miami plays both Akron and Bowling Green on the road.  The two programs combined to go 3-21.  There is no scenario where I see Miami losing either of those games.  Miami returns a surplus of talent on both sides of the ball, as the experience as a freshman will have only helped Brett Gabbert.  I’m taking the over here, as Miami OH will be able to get the job done at home in conference play, while also winning the other 4 mentioned games.             

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