Is this rock bottom? I certainly hope so because it certainly feels like. Miami lost its second consecutive game to Middle Tennessee State at Hard Rock Stadium. But this one feels a lot worse.
Last week, the Hurricanes battled hard, and you could argue that they out-played the Texas A&M Aggies at home.
There can be no such argument this weekend. From the very beginning they were listless and lethargic, they actually fell behind at one point 24-3 in the second quarter. They tried to mount a second half rally but eventually lost 45-31.
This game didn’t feel that close.
There’s no way to sugarcoat this, it’s a disastrous early loss for Mario Cristobal, who is trying to rebuild this once proud program. I know it’s early, and there’s still plenty of football to be played, but this team took a huge step back today.
The team looked unprepared, and quite frankly, many guys looked like they didn’t really want to be out there for much of the game. The Blue Raiders — who came into this game as a 26 point underdog — from the very first snap were the better squad.
Now, UM goes into a bye week before facing North Carolina. It can’t get worse than this…can it?
Some other thoughts on this game..
– It’s time to make a change at quarterback. Tyler Van Dyke is not taking to this Josh Gattis offense, and his first two throws in this game resulted in two interceptions, one of which was a pick-six. Obviously, it’s never about one player, but TVD looked nothing like that player we saw last year in ACC play.
He was once again very late in making reads, missed some wide open throws, and beyond that, his body language was bad.
– The coverage of the game from the ACC Network was beyond bad in terms of production. Because of the lightning delay, it was explained that certain camera’s were not available. This looked like a cable access production. It was almost unwatchable.
But I will say this, once again Mark Herzlich impressed me with his analysis. He was very blunt in his assessment of certain Miami players and their effort.