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2017 Week 2 Preview: Miami RedHawks vs. Austin Peay

The Governors roll into Oxford on Saturday looking for an upset.

NCAA Football: Austin Peay at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami-Ohio Redhawks haven’t had a winning season since they went 10-4 in 2010, nearly coming close last season with a 6-7 record last season. The fortune wasn’t on the RedHawks’ side in week one as they fell to Marshall, 31-26, last Saturday.

The final was set in stone after they had the ball with 53 seconds left in the game, a drive that ended at the Marshall 41 yard line. Consequently, their quest for creating a winning season for the first time in seven years became a tad rockier.

The RedHawks’ next attempt at getting their first win of 2017 will take place in Oxford at Yager Stadium when they host the Governors of Austin Peay, an FCS school out of Clarksville, Tennessee, with an enrollment of just over 10,000 students.

The Governors will be playing their second FBS opponent in as many weeks after a loss to Cincinnati.

It certainly won’t be a gimmie win for the RedHawks; Miami has lost to an FCS team two of the last three seasons, with both of those losses coming at home in the second week of the season.

(Coincidentally enough, Miami played Marshall in Week 1 in 2014 before listing to Eastern Kentucky in their home opener.)

It’s unlikely history will repeat itself again, but that’s certainly something to keep in mind coming into Saturday’s game.

Players to Watch

JaVaughn Craig (Austin Peay, QB)

In the matchup with Cincinnati last week, Craig rushed for a net of 92 yards on 15 attempts. In addition, he threw for 63 yards on seven completions with an interception.

Most of the quarterbacks a defense will see at the college level will be versatile, and JaVaughn Craig is no exception to that. It can be the short gains and clock management that matter, so the 6.1 yard average can make a difference. He fits in well with Kirby Cannon’s run-first offense, and that’s why he’s one to keep an eye on Saturday.

Gus Ragland (Miami, QB)

The RedHawks threw the ball a decent amount of times in the loss to Marshall. Ragland, the redshirt junior, threw for 298 yards on 23 completions and two touchdowns. He appeared in seven games and threw for 1,537 yards on 115 completions in 2016. Seeing that the Governors allowed a total of 151 passing yards on 17 completions last week, it would make sense to see ball continuing to fly out of the hands of Ragland.

Game Information

Where: Yager Stadium, Oxford, Ohio.

When: 3:30 p.m. EST

Weather: Partly cloudy, 68 degrees, wind at 9 MPH.

Odds: predicts a 35-0 victory for the RedHawks, though there is no official line.

How to Watch: Streaming on ESPN3 and WatchESPN. Contact your local cable provider for more information.