Georgia was the best program not to win the College Football Playoff before hoisting the trophy at Lucas Oil Stadium on Monday night following its championship game victory over Alabama. Which programs are situated to become the next on that list to win a title. The Miami football program was ranked fourth by Rivals.Com.
Mike Farrell of Rivals listed five college football teams as “The next programs to break through with a playoff title.” The Miami football program is expected to significantly upgrade the talent on its roster and become a far greater presence in recruiting with Mario Cristobal as the head coach.
With Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback, Miami has a foundation to build on for at least the 2022 season. Cristobal has quickly made an impact with Miami adding three top 100 players in the Class of 2022 since he was hired last month. The Miami football team should be expected to add some impact transfers during the 2022 offseason.
Georgia built a roster over the past few recruiting cycles by continually adding top classes during the Kirby Smart era. After losing to Alabama in the National Championship Game following the 2017 season, Georgia won its first title in 41 years on Monday. Farrell profiled the Miami football program’s chances.
THE NEXT PROGRAMS TO BREAK THROUGH WITH A PLAYOFF TITLE
Who’s next? Georgia is the latest first-time winner of the CFB Playoff. Which program will be the next to break through? Here are my five best guesses.
4. Miami — Mario Cristobal will recruit like crazy at Miami and the roster will have as much talent as it has had since Larry Coker was handed the keys. And let’s remember how bad the ACC is and how a good run can get you into the playoff.
Farrell listed Texas A&M, USC and Michigan ahead of Miami with Oklahoma State fifth on the list of programs that are next to break through and win a Playoff title. Jimbo Fisher is stacking similar signing classes at Texas A&M to what Smart has done at Georgia. Miami plays in College Station on September 17.
USC just hired Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. No college football program mirrors Miami more than USC. The Trojans have an extensive history, play in a major metropolitan era and one of the best recruiting grounds in the country within a reasonable drive from its campus. Riley is also one of the best offensive minds.
Michigan seems a bit more of a challenge. The Wolverines will be behind the recruiting juggernaut that is Ohio State in the Big 10 East every year. James Franklin at Penn State and Mel Tucker at Michigan State are also building excellent programs in one of the toughest divisions in college football.
Mario Cristobal told Miami officials that the job of getting the Hurricanes to playoff-level will take time. They assured him he would have the time he needs. We shall see.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) December 6, 2021
Miami lost 37-34 to Oklahoma State and Mike Gundy in the 2020 Cheez-It Bowl. Farrell likes the future for the Cowboys with Riley leaving the Sooners half of bedlam and Oklahoma and Texas headed for the SEC in the next three years. Farrell believes that Oklahoma State can become the dominant team in the Big XII.
Miami has a chance to become the dominant team in the ACC Coastal with Cristobal recruiting. Oregon won the Pac 12 in 2019 and 2022 and their third straight North Division title this season. Miami can easily make that type of run in the ACC. The biggest albatross for Miami will be a Clemson program in transition.
Dabo Swinney had constantly praised the stability his program has had during his tenure. Clemson lost both coordinators following the 2021 season. Former Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is succeeding Riley at Oklahoma. After a tumultuous season for Clemson, it will be interesting to see how they adapt in 2022.
Miami returns 14 starters in 2022. This fall will likely be one for Cristobal to implement his systems and cultures and for the team to grow. Smart was almost miraculously able to get Georgia within an overtime stop of winning the National Championship in his second season. Cristobal will likely need more time than that.
Heat rally falls short in 110-108 loss to Hawks
An exhilarating rally fell just short of a memorable road victory, as Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat ran a perfectly executed play that could have been the game winner against the host Atlanta Hawks. Instead, Butler’s close shot rolled off the rim and the Hawks held on for the 110-108 victory Friday night.
Miami only held a brief lead seconds into the game but Atlanta controlled most of the game until they nearly fell apart in the final six minutes. Duncan Robinson scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, including a big 3-pointer that had them within six points with three minutes remaining and another that trimmed the lead to just one point with less than a minute remaining.
Young’s two free throws gave Atlanta their biggest lead of the night at 18 points near the end of the third quarter, but Miami showed resilience to get so frustratingly close to stealing the win. Unfortunately the Heat ran out of time with the margin of error so razor thin and every play needing to be executed perfectly. After two Butler free throws and Robinson’s 3 cut the deficit to one point, Butler curled off a screen at the top of the key and seemingly had the easy alley-oop basket that didn’t go in. Young split a pair of free throws, giving the Heat another opportunity to tie it or take the lead but the play went nowhere fast, ending with Butler missing a difficult 3-point shot attempt in the corner and Max Strus missing a fallaway putback jumper.
Even though they were outscored 34-22 in the final quarter, Atlanta held on to secure their third straight home victory and avoided losing to Miami for the third time in less than two weeks. Young scored 28 points and went 12-15 from the free throw line — earning more free throw attempts than the Heat as a team.
Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro both were unavailable and PJ Tucker injured his left knee in the first quarter and did not return to the game.
Adebayo had another strong game, leading his team with 21 points while also grabbing six rebounds and dishing five assists. Max Strus scored 15 points off the bench, all in the first half. Butler contributed 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in 36 minutes. Gabe Vincent started once again and scored 14 points and had nine assists.
Miami returns home to host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday at 6:00pm on NBA TV.
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The Miami Heat are looking to continue their ascent in the Eastern Conference standings tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 22, 2022
Adebayo recently returned after missing several weeks due to a thumb injury. Needless to say, he is a major part of Miami’s championship aspirations.
The Heat are currently tied with the Chicago Bulls for the top spot in the East, but the Bulls hold the tiebreaker.
Meanwhile, the Hawks, just one season removed from a surprise trip to the Eastern Conference Finals, are sputtering with a 19-25 record.
Young is having a banner season, as he’s averaging 27.9 points and 9.5 assists per game. His efficiency from the field has also improved significantly compared to last season.
As of this writing, the Heat are trailing the Hawks by a sizable margin in the fourth quarter. With Chicago battling the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks, Miami has a great opportunity to perhaps take over first place in the conference.
Swim & Dive Hosts FGCU on Senior Day this Saturday
MIAMI (Jan. 21, 2022) – The FIU women’s swimming and diving team hosts its last home dual-meet of the season this Saturday, Jan. 22, when the Panthers welcome FGCU to the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Center on Senior Day.
The Panthers and Eagles are set to begin competition at 11 a.m. ET.
FIU will honor its nine seniors before the meet with the ceremony beginning at 10:30 a.m.
A live stream will be available via the FIU Athletics Facebook page. Live results can also be tracked via the Meet Mobile app through the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android users.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The meet will run the standard 16 event format including two relays, 12 individual swimming events, as well as the 1-meter and 3-meter dives. The order of events is as follows:
200 Medley Relay
3m Diving (Will run concurrently with swimming)
400 Individual Medley
200 Freestyle Relay
FIU enters the competition with a 4-1 overall record in dual meets this year. In their last head-to-head competition, the Panthers defeated Marshall by a score of 178-122 (Dec. 17). Saturday’s contest will mark the second time FIU sees FGCU this season. Back on Nov. 6, FIU defeated FGCU on the road by a score of 189.5 to 110.5.
The Eagles have competed in three dual meets this season and dropped all of them, owning a 0-3 record on the year. Besides the result against FIU, the Eagles were also defeated by the Miami Hurricanes (100-198) and Vanderbilt (143-151).
FIU holds a four-meet win streak in dual contests against FGCU dating back to the 2018-19 season.
The Panthers hit the road next Saturday, Jan. 29, for a dual-meet against Conference USA foe FAU. Competition is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET in Boca Raton.
Get all the latest information on the team by following on Twitter (@FIUSwimDive), Facebook @FIUSwimmingandDiving) and on Instagram (@FIUSwimDive). General athletic news can also be found at @FIUSports on Facebook and @FIUAthletics on Twitter and Instagram.
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