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2022 Miami-Florida Hurricanes Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions


The Miami Hurricanes hope the third time is a charm. The team made a giant splash in the head coach market, snapping up South Florida native Mario Cristobal from the University of Oregon. He will be the team's third head coach since 2016, following failed regimes of Mark Richt and Manny Diaz. And really, the teams hasn't had any modicum of success since Larry Coker was patrolling the sidelines back from 2001-06.

Cristobal brings a star-studded coaching staff to the field, too, as former college head coach Charlie Strong joins Kevin Steele as co-defensive coordinator, while Josh Gattis was snatched from the University of Michigan to serve as the offensive coordinator. Also joining the staff are Pro Football Hall of Famers Jason Taylor, a fan favorite during his days with the Miami Dolphins, and Ed Reed, a former Hurricanes standout.

QB Tyler Van Dyke seized the opportunity to be the starter after QB D'Eriq King went down last season with a shoulder injury. Van Dyke was expected to split the reps with QB Jake Garcia in an early-season game, but the latter suffered an injury. TVD went on to start the rest of the season, taking advantage of the situation to its fullest.

The good news is that Van Dyke is for real. The bad news is that he loses both WRs Mike Harley and Charleston Rambo. Harley became the school's all-time leader in receptions, which is saying something for a team which has had the likes of NFLers Phillip Dorsett, Michael Irvin, Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne, among others. Rambo posted 79 receptions, which bested Leonard Hankerson by seven catches for a new single-season school record.

We'll see who rises to the top of the depth chart at receiver, but it appears RB Jaylan Knighton will be the workhorse in the backfield, and he runs behind a solid offensive line which returns three players.

The defense is young, and received hands-on training last season with a strong group of freshmen. This group has a high ceiling, especially DT Leonard Taylor, who is a budding star. The team also added plenty of big bodies through the transfer portal to beef up the depth and competition.

The non-conference schedule is not very tough, outside of a trip to Texas A&M. A 3-1 start is expected before the conference opener. There are also trips to Clemson and Virginia Tech, but the entire home schedule should see "The U" favored in front of its smattering of home fans. This has the looks of a nine-win team, and if the Canes can somehow stun Clemson, perhaps a run to the ACC title game is possible.

Best Bet: Miami Over 8.5 Wins (-115)


  • Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. Bethune-Cookman
  • Sat., Sept. 10 - vs. Southern Miss
  • Sat., Sept. 17 - at Texas A&M
  • Sat., Sept. 24 - vs. Middle Tennessee
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - vs. UNC
  • Sat., Oct. 15 - at Virginia Tech
  • Sat., Oct. 22 - vs. Duke
  • Sat., Oct. 29 - at Virginia
  • Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. FSU
  • Sat., Nov. 12 - at Georgia Tech
  • Sat., Nov. 19 - at Clemson
  • Sat., Nov. 26 - vs. Pittsburgh


  • Over 8.5 (-115)
  • Under 8.5 (-115)



Looking at the schedule and how it sets up, this Miami team likely has a good chance to go 6-2 inside the conference. Last season that mark was good enough to win the Atlantic Division, with Wake Forest edging Clemson via tiebreaker for that spot. The key to Miami's season likely will be Nov. 19 at Clemson, if everything breaks right in the early portion of the conference schedule. Barring any early-season stunning losses, especially at home, this Hurricanes team has it all in front of them. They're set up for success more than any other time perhaps in the past two decades.

That being said, I don't think Miami is better than Clemson, especially in Death Valley. But Miami is certainly close, and trending in the right direction.



The Hurricanes aren't like "The U in the 80's", but they look closer than ever to rebuilding that mystique and being a bona fide contender. Cristobal will try and do what many others haven't been able to do, and that's restore order and bring back the glory days. It isn't easy, especially in a half-filled building so far away from campus. Miami won't win a national title this season, but suddenly it isn't looking so silly anymore. It wouldn't be shocking to see it happen within five years if they stay on the right path, if not sooner.

QB Tyler Van Dyke looks to build upon his success from 2021. (Getty Images)


Tyler Van Dyke (QB) +3000

Frank Ladson (WR) +50000

Van Dyke came out of nowhere to emerge as a star, and if he can jell with WR Frank Ladson and another receiver or two, he should be able to pick right back up where he left off with Harley and Rambo. But while he was above average to very good last season, there is little reason to believe he will be a superstar warranting Heisman consideration. Look for another fine season, but don't toss good money on him.


  • SU: 7-5
  • ATS: 6-6
  • O/U: 5-6-1
  • ATS-Home: 3-5
  • ATS-Road: 3-1
  • ATS-Favorite: 3-5
  • ATS-Underdog: 3-1


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