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Miami Not Considered a CFP Contender after Martell Transfer

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News that Tate Martell is transferring to Miami did little to boost the Hurricanes' 2020 CFP title odds, which is understandable since he likely won't be eligible next season. Photo by Kasey Moody (CC License)
  • QB Tate Martell announced Wednesday that he is transferring from Ohio State to Miami.
  • Martell opted to leave Ohio State when QB Justin Fields transferred from Georgia to the Buckeyes.
  • He might not be eligible this year and the Canes lost their head coach. Don’t expect a title run.

The carousel that is the NCAA transfer portal has spun Tate Martell to the Miami Hurricanes. The former Ohio State Buckeye announced his destination via tweet in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

While this announcement will dramatically increase Martell’s playing time and ensure his status as a no. 1 QB, something that definitely was undecided if he stayed at Ohio State, his decision to take his talents to South Beach probably isn’t going to have the same impact as the choice made by LeBron James in 2010.

Odds to Win 2020 NCAA Football Championship

Team Odds to win 2020 National Championship at Bovada (Jan. 16)
Clemson +170
Alabama +230
Georgia +850
Ohio State +850
Oklahoma +1200
Penn State +1400
Michigan +1500
Texas +1800
Florida +2500
Washington +2800
Notre Dame +2800
LUS +3000
Auburn +4000
Florida State +5000
Florida +4000
Florida State +4000
Miami +5000
Michigan State +5000
Texas A&M +5000
Wisconsin +5000

Miami is listed at +5000 to win the College Football Playoff national championship, and that seems about right. Miami is a program in disarray, to put it lightly.

Head coach Mark Richt surprisingly announced his retirement after the Hurricanes’ 35-3 loss to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl, the rotten cherry on top of a disappointing 7-6 season.

Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz was promoted to head coach. Former Alabama QB coach Dan Enos is Miami’s new offensive coordinator.

Martell is an Upgrade for Miami

Last season, Richt alternated between N’Kosi Perry and Malik Rosier at quarterback, but neither provided the definitive answer under center.  The Hurricanes ranked 13th in the ACC in total offense (358.8 yards per game), 12th in passing yardage (167.3 YPG), and ninth in scoring offense (28.8 points).

Martell should prove a step up from that. He displayed flashes in brief stints at the helm for the Buckeyes last season. As a redshirt freshman, he completed 23-of-28 passes for 269 yards, one touchdown, and an impressive passer rating of 174.6. He also ran for 128 yards and a pair of TDs.

At the Rose Bowl, Martell seemed certain as to what the future held for him.

Just 17 days later, he announced his transfer to Miami.

The 2019 Hurricanes Won’t Be a Title Contender

Travis Homer, the Hurricanes’ leading rush last season with 985 yards and an impressive 6.0 yards per carry, declared for the NFL Draft.

Diaz moved to shore up the team’s discipline issues, installing a system of punishments that begin with minor penalties for tardiness and steadily increase in severity in parallel to the infraction. How violators are dealt with will be left in the hands of a quorum of veteran leaders appointed by Diaz.

Another issue of concern – unless Martell, who was 43-0 as a starter at Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas – is declared a hardship case, he will be required to sit out the 2019 season. That would likely put the offense back in the hands of N’Kosi Perry. That’s not a recipe for a national championship run.



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