BCI Crystal Ball: Game Five Miami

BCI looks into its crystal ball and predicts the 2011 season. This bi-weekly looks takes a gander at game five against Miami in the Victory Bell game.

Miami University (Saturday October 1, 2011) Nippert Stadium


Miami 2010 Record: 10-4

Series History: Miami leads 59-48-7 (Last meeting: Cincinnati, 45-3, 2010)

Fresh off one of the biggest turnarounds, Miami will have a new head coach in Don Treadwell and a quarterback controversy.

Junior Zac Dysert opened the season as the starter before his season-ending injury. Before getting hurt, Dysert completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,406 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. However, Austin Boucher came on and went 4-0 as a starter, throwing for 1,120 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions on 64 percent passing.

But, by the time the Victory Bell game comes around, the RedHawks will have their quarterback battle settled.

The winner of the competition will have sophomore Nick Harwell as a receiving target. His potential was on full display in his 11-catch, 219-yard game against Ohio. He finished the season with 64 receptions for 871 yards. His six touchdowns were tied for the team lead. DeMarco Payne, Chris Givens and Andy Cruse will compete for the other starting position.

Replacing Thomas Merriweather is probably the most important aspect of the Miami offense. Tracy Woods and Danny Green will be locked in a battle for the starting running back position.

Defensively, the RedHawks are led by Austin Brown, who was place on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List, and leading tackler Jerrell Wedge.

The coaches of the Mid-American Conference believe that the RedHawks are poised to repeat as East Division champions.

Despite winning the MAC last season, Miami was no challenge for Cincinnati. This season won't be any different.

BearcatInsider.com Crystal Ball Prediction: Cincinnati 40-17

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