Mario Cristobal and Miami have endured a difficult season so far in 2022.

The Canes are 3-3 entering Week 8 and have an inexplicable loss to Middle Tennessee on their résumé. They have also fallen to Texas A&M and North Carolina so far this season.

Miami entered the year with major expectations for Year 1 under Cristobal, but have fallen short in several areas. With that in mind, ESPN gave Cristobal a D+ on its midseason report card for first-year head coaches.

Here’s an excerpt of analysis from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:

Miami made an unprecedented investment in Cristobal, and a discouraging first six games doesn’t reduce excitement much or change the long-term outlook about returning to championship contention. The product on the field hasn’t looked much different so far in the Cristobal era. After opening with 70 points against Bethune-Cookman, the Canes have averaged just 23.4 points against five FBS opponents, losing to three of them.

The good news for Miami is it still only has 1 conference loss and the ACC Coastal division appears to be wide open. However, the Canes’ November slate includes Florida State, Clemson and Pittsburgh.

That trio of games will likely be what determines if Miami had a successful campaign or not in Year 1 under Cristobal.

Miami faces Duke at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday afternoon.