Paging Ben Roethlisberger: Miami (OH) Needs Help

Husker FanCorrespondent ISeptember 13, 2009

01 Sep 2001: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Miami of Ohio drops back to throw a pass against Michigan during the game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan .  Michigan won 31-13. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit : Danny Moloshok/Allsport

It wasn't all that long ago (six seasons) that Ben Roethlisberger and the Miami (OH) Redhawks were the darlings of College Football.

It wasn't all that long ago that Miami (OH) was 13-1, MAC and GMAC Bowl Champions and ranked in the top 10 of the final AP poll.

My how the times have changed.

In case you haven't noticed, the 2009 edition of the Miami (OH) Redhawks have yet to score a point in their first two games of the season.  They aren't exactly stopping anybody either.

If you aren't pleased with your team's performance thus far in the early goings of the 2009 season, rest assured that Miami (OH)'s performance is of a far greater magnitude of disappointment.

Let us take a peek at the statistics, shall we?

Obviously, Miami (OH) is in dead last in offensive scoring.  And sadly, it isn't due to poor red zone execution, turnovers, or just plain old bad luck.  The Redhawks rank 113th in the country in rushing offense averaging 50 yards rushing per game.  Not only can they not run the ball, but they are 107th in passing offense per game as well in which they are averaging an eye-popping 141 yards per game. 

Total Offense?  119th out of 120 teams.  The only team ranked below Miami (OH) in total offense is this years newest FBS member in Western Kentucky.

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Maybe they can get it done defensively you ask?

Don't hold your breath. 

Miami (OH) ranks 115th in scoring defense giving up an average of 45 points per game.  They rank 104th in total defense giving up 464.5 yards per game.  They have also been unable to obtain a single sack in their first two games, and yes, are tied for dead last in that category as well.  

Maybe they can create turnovers?

Nope—114th in turnover margin with -2.5 margin per contest.

Surely they have good special teams, right? 

Sorry.  They rank 104th in net punting in averaging a measly 29.94 yards per net punt.  Kickoff coverage?  Dead last at 38 yards per kick return. 

First year head coach Mike Haywood has a monumental rebuilding task set before him.  It is also very likely that this years Redhawk team will go winless in his very first season. 

So as this season progresses, don't get down on your own team too much if they aren't living up to your expectations.  As they say, there is always somebody else in a worse situation than yourself.  

As for the Redhawks' sake, let us all hope that these dreadful statistics improve as the season unfolds.