No team in college football has ever started a season 0-6 and made it to a bowl. None have ever turned it around to win 6 straight after such a start, but the RedHawks have a chance to do it tonight. The turnaround is just as shocking for a team that hasn’t had a winning record since their last bowl season in 2010. They went 4-8 the two years after that season, before the bottom fell out and they were a winless 0-12 in 2013. Chuck Martin took over after that season, and while definitely showing progress, only managed 5 wins his first two seasons. This season looked bleak, after Gus Ragland went down with an ACL injury before the season, and the team sputtered to 0-6. Ragland made it back for game seven against Kent State, and the RedHawks have not lost since. A win tonight would not only make Miami bowl eligible for the first time since 2010, but it could even give them a share of the division championship with an Ohio loss.
This is not the first historic turnaround for the Miami RedHawks. That 2010 team had one of the best season-to-season turnarounds in College Football history. Never before had a team had double-digit losses in one season, and come back to score double-digit wins the next, which Miami did by winning the GoDaddy.com Bowl that year. Now, Chuck Martin, Gus Ragland, and the Redhawks have a chance to add best single season turnaround to the college football record books.
If you weren’t excited all ready, here’s Interim Head Coach Lance Guidry’s pregame speech prior to the 2011 GoDaddy.com Bowl:
Let’s do this! The game is online on ESPN3 for subscribers.
UPDATE: Victory- Miami is going bowling for the first time in six years, with the greatest in-season turnaround in NCAA history. They had to come from behind, 10 points down in the second half, behind Gus Ragland’s career 380 yd passing day. The fans that braved the cold weather and the holiday break rushed the field after the gun to celebrate. The Hawks just missed out on going to the MAC championship game when Akron failed to convert a fourth down pass in the end zone against Ohio. They’ll still be bowling, and the announcement of which game will come in the next few weeks.