A school soccer professional ranks Miami No. 12 going into the 2022 season

Phil Steele, one of the top college football experts in the country, is high on the Miami Hurricanes going into the 2022 season.

Steele ranks Miami No. 12 in his preseason Top 40, which he makes clear is a ranking that is designed to reflect where he believes each team will finish the season ranked.

When putting together his Top 40, Steele takes into account the talent of a team, the strength of schedule, the foe’s strength of schedules (coming off byes), experience edges at the start of the season and other factors.

Here is what Steele writes about Miami ranking No. 12 overall in his preseason Top 40 poll:

“Mario Cristobal left a lot of talent behind at Oregon but inherits a lot of talent here including super QB Tyler Van Dyke and then he hit the portal hard and brought in more talent. Miami ranks in my Top 35 units in all eight positions. They do face Clemson and Texas A&M on the road, but get Pitt at home, which could put them in the ACC title game.”

Miami faces three opponents that rank inside Phil Steele’s 2022 Preseason Top 40—with all of those teams ranking ahead of the Hurricanes.

Clemson is the top ranked opponent, checking in at No. 4 in this ranking with Texas A&M ranking No. 9 and Pittsburgh one spot ahead of Miami at No. 11.

Miami does not face any other opponents that rank inside Steele’s preseason Top 40.

Florida State is the next highest ranked UM opponent in 2022 and they check in at No. 60 on Steele’s preseason Top 40.

Steele also ranks Miami No. 10 in his preseason ‘Power Poll,’ which is based solely on the overall talent of the teams.

Alabama ranks No. 1 overall in Steele’s Power Poll, followed by Ohio State, Georgia, and Clemson. UM’s non-conference opponent, Texas A&M ranks No. 8 in the power poll and Pittsburgh ranks No. 9 overall.

This 2022 season is going to be an interesting one for the Miami Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes finished the 2021 season with a disappointing 7-5 record, but the program has made plenty of changes to the coaching staff and roster that has many experts excited about UM’s potential in 2022.

The main reason to be optimistic about the Hurricanes moving forward? The school’s leadership is finally willing to invest in the program.

miami hired Mario Cristobal from Oregon, paying close to $20 million in buyout money between Cristobal’s contract and Manny Diaz’s contract. The UM administration also made a move at athletic director, bringing on Clemson’s Dan Radakovich to help grow the revenue of the program and bring the facilities into the modern era.

The UM administration then gave Cristobal the resources to hire a top flight coaching staff in which close to $8 million was allocated to bring in a staff that includes offensive coordinator Josh Gattisdefensive coordinator Kevin Steeleco-defensive coordinator Charlie Strongoffensive line coach alex mirabaldefensive backs coach Jahmile Addaeand running backs coach kevin smith.

Cristobal has also been able to use significant resources to add a top flight off-field staff including strength and conditioning coach aaron feld and his assistants, recruiting operations staffers, and analyst Jason Taylor to work with the defensive line.

Cristobal has also used the NCAA transfer portal to bolster the overall depth and talent of the roster, adding players like RB Henry ParishWR Frank LadsonDL Akheem MesidorDL Jake LichtensteinDL Darrell JacksonOF Mitchell AgudeLB Caleb Johnson, CB Daryl Porter Jr. and others to raise the roster from a team that disappointed in 2021.

Miami returns one of the top quarterbacks in the country in Tyler Van Dyke, who impressed as a starter in nine games, throwing for 2,931 yards with 25 touchdowns and six interceptions.

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