Team preview: Miami (Ohio)

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(All information as of June 20, 2007)


It's not often a team finds itself playing in a conference championship game yet winds up being shut out when it comes time for bowl invitations. But that's exactly the awkward position Miami found itself in after the 2007 season.

The RedHawks really had only themselves to blame.

Coming off one of its worst seasons in more than a decade (2-10), Miami rebounded to finish 5-2 in the MAC in 2007, but a two-game season-ending losing skid cost the RedHawks any chance of making their first bowl appearance since the Independence Bowl in 2004.

Miami, the MAC's all-time winningest football program with 259 conference victories (.660 winning percentage), 14 conference titles and nine bowl appearances, was on the verge of another postseason trip and had a shot at a record-extending 15th conference title, but instead was waylaid by a season-ending loss to Ohio. That left Miami at 6-6 and in need of a win in the MAC championship game against Central Michigan just to become bowl eligible.

After dropping the title game to Central Michigan, the RedHawks found themselves heading back home to Oxford with a 6-7 overall mark, their bowl hopes dashed.