National website projects Miami’s first football loss of 2022

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The Miami Soccer Team opens the 2022 season at home against Bethune-Cookman on September 3. Miami hosts South Mississippi on Sept. 10 before heading to College Station Texas for its first road game of 2022 against Texas A&M. The Aggies are expected to hand Miami their first loss of 2022 per 247 Sports.

The game at Texas A&M is expected to be the first big Mario Cristobal-era test for Miami’s soccer program. Miami will be big favorites to beat Bethune-Cookman and Southern Mississippi. The game at Texas A&M and Nov. 19 at Clemson are the showpiece matchups for Miami in the 2022 season.

Miami won two of three games in the series with Texas A&M. The Hurricanes last won the Aggies 41-23 in 2008 at College Station. Texas A&M is in a bit of a transition of its own for the 2022 season. The Aggies replaced defensive coordinator Mike Elko who left to become Duke’s head coach.

Former Maryland head coach DJ Durkin succeeds Elko. Texas A&M will also launch a new quarterback in 2022. Former LSU QB Max Johnson, nephew of former Miami head coach Mark Richt is the slated starter for 2022. Miami will have the advantage at QB with Tyler Van Dyke back as a starter.

“MIAMI: SEPT. 17 AT TEXAS A&M
It would by no means be a disappointing loss in the first year of the Mario Cristobal era, as getting to College Station at the start of the season is a tall order. The Hurricanes absolutely have the manpower to surprise, but it will be tough.

Kyle Field is one of the toughest places to play in the country and will serve as a tough adjustment for Miami after two home games.

Sam Marsdale summed up Miami’s game outlook at Texas A&M. The Aggies were 6-1 at home in 2021. Texas A&M’s only loss at Kyle Field in 2021 was 26-22 to Mississippi State. Among the six wins was a win over then-number one and national runner-up Alabama.

Miami has struggled in non-conference games against Power Five opponents. The Hurricanes enter 2021 with a seven-game losing streak in non-conference games against Power Five opponents. Miami hasn’t defeated a non-conference Power Five opponent since a 41-8 win over Notre Dame in 2017.

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