The Miami RedHawks football team has a chance to win two games in a row this Saturday, something they have not accomplished since 2007. The first two weeks of the season couldn’t have been much better for the RedHawks, who defeated Eastern Michigan last week after impressing in their season opener on the road at Florida. Standing in their way this Saturday will be the winless Colorado State Rams, who haven’t started the 2010 campaign the way they would have liked after back-to-back blowout loses against Colorado and Nevada.
The last time Miami played a team from out west was last season when the RedHawks traveled to Boise State. The game was a mismatch from the first whistle, as Boise State showed Miami why they were being considered as a BCS bowl buster, winning easily 49-0. Miami has struggled in non-conference games since 2007, going winless in nine attempts. Luckily, although they can be dangerous at times, Colorado State is no Boise State. In front their home-crowd on Saturday in Oxford, Miami is hoping that the tenth time is a charm.
Miami Will Do Well If: They can contain the Colorado State offense for four quarters. The Rams offense has been dormant this season so far, averaging a FBS worst 4.5 points per game. While thus far they have struggled, they have their fair share of playmakers that can break a game open. True freshman quarterback Pete Thomas has been a lone bright spot for the Rams, throwing for over 350 yards in the two losses. If the RedHawks can slow down the combination of Thomas to his number one receiver Byron Steele, it will force the Rams to run the ball. Running the ball has not been an easy thing for the Rams this season, as they are averaging just over 63 rush yards per game.
Miami will need to well on the offensive side of the ball as well Saturday if they want to have a chance to win. The RedHawk offense works best when the pass and run game are balanced. Having a balanced running game will allow Dysert to spread the ball around the field against the Rams. RedHawk senior halfback Thomas Merriweather, who rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns last week, figures to have tougher time finding holes in the Colorado State defense. Look for this to open up the connection of Dysert and junior wide out Armand Robinson, who has 18 receptions for 200 yards in two games.
Prediction: The game will stay close throughout, but the RedHawks have the advantage playing off a conference win last weekend and being in front of their home fans. The tenth time will be a charm for the RedHawks this weekend. 27-21 Miami over Colorado State
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Written by Michael Solomon