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Miami Football: Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

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The Hurricanes have high expectations as the Mario Cristobal era gets started.

New year, new optimism for the Miami Hurricanes.

After firing Manny Diaz last December, the program hired Miami native and former Hurricane Mario Cristobal to oversee the program. In his short time in Miami, Cristobal has completely changed the coaching staff while bringing in a top-20 recruiting class to Coral Gables in less than two months.

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Although a lot of those players may not see the field in 2022, the Hurricanes have a talented group returning, including quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. In 10 games, Van Dyke threw for 2,931 yards with 25 touchdowns to just six interceptions, all while completing 62.3 percent of his passes.

With the return of Van Dkye and 12 starters, the media predicted the Hurricanes to finish first in the ACC Coastal Division during last month's media days. Can Miami return to the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2017? Here's what the experts at Athlon Sports predict about Miami's 2022 season.

Miami Football Game-by-Game Predictions for 2022

Steven LassanMark RossAntwan Staley

Bethune-Cookman

Miami

Miami

Miami

Southern Miss

Miami

Miami

Miami

at Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Texas A&M

Middle Tennessee

Miami

Miami

Miami

North Carolina

Miami

Miami

Miami

at Virginia Tech

Miami

Miami

Miami

Duke

Miami

Miami

Miami

at Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

Florida State

Miami

Miami

Miami

at Georgia Tech

Miami

Miami

Miami

at Clemson

Clemson

Clemson

Clemson

Pitt

Miami

Miami

Miami

Final Record

9-3

9-3

9-3

Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven)
Everything is set up for a strong debut for Mario Cristobal at Miami. A top-notch staff assembled by Cristobal will elevate both sides of the ball, especially on defense with Kevin Steele tasked with improving an underachieving group that struggled mightily with tackling in ’21. Offensively, quarterback Tyler Van Dyke is a rising star and will thrive under new play-caller Josh Gattis. Restocking the receiving corps is a priority, but the cupboard isn’t bare with Key’Shawn Smith and Xavier Restrepo and a solid group of tight ends in place.

Outside of games at Texas A&M and Clemson, it’s hard to find a matchup where the ‘Canes could be an underdog. Miami should be one of the best in the ACC at scoring points, but defensive improvement and the overall speed at which Cristobal can transition the staff and roster to mesh it all together is key. With Pitt visiting Hard Rock Stadium, the path to the Coastal Division title runs through Miami.

Mark Ross (@AthlonMarkR)
The Hurricanes got their guy, but there won't be any extended honeymoon period for Mario Cristobal. Everyone expects Miami to win sooner rather than later, and the pieces are there, starting with quarterback Tyler Van Dyke. But it will take a little bit of time for Cristobal to put his imprint on this program, so there could be some growing pains this season. Fortunately, outside of the road game against Texas A&M and a trip to Clemson, the schedule is very manageable. The Canes may very well win the ACC Atlantic in Year 1 under Cristobal, but that doesn't make them a national contender just yet.

Antwan Staley (@antwanstaley)
Folks often joke on social media about how The U is back, but Mario Cristobal is undoubtedly going to take this team in the right direction and it starts in 2022. Having Tyler Van Dyke back under center and as the Day 1 starter will pay off dividends for the Hurricanes' offense. Additionally, tight end Will Mallory, running back Jaylan Knighton, and receiver Key'Shawn Smith should provide Miami's offense with a ton of firepower.

Defensively, Miami should be better now that a lot of the freshmen last season received valuable playing time. The Hurricanes' schedule also is manageable outside of a couple of challenging road trips. Even if Miami loses to both Texas A&M and Clemson, it shouldn't derail its season by any means. The Hurricanes could play Clemson twice in three weeks if they have a rematch in the ACC Championship Game.

It wouldn't surprise me if Miami finished the regular season 10-2, but I see a slip-up along the way.

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