G6: Syracuse at No. 8 Hurricanes: Orange is the new threat. Watch out, UM!; plus rest of Collball Week 8, Heat stage 30th home Opening Night & more
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G6: SYRACUSE AT NO. 8 HURRICANES: UM COULD USE A REST, BUT CAN'T SLEEP ON ORANGE: Note: We'll not be live-blogging the game because of a scheduling conflict but plan to be back with postgame thoughts. Original post: Consecutive emotional, close, last-second wins -- 24-20 at nemesis Florida State, then 25-24 vs. Georgia Tech -- threaten to have the Hurricanes mentally drained, sort of needing a soft spot on the schedule to coast through on auto-pilot. This looked like that week, once. That was until Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson last week, an attention getter for the Canes that lent backbone to Mark Richt's rote preaching about how dangerous the next opponent is. The Orange with prolific QB Eric Dungey will be the biggest test of the season so far for Miami's secondary, and, as Clemson learned, Syracuse can also bring it on defense. Syracuse is 4-3 but has won two straight. No. 8 Miami is 5-0 and favored by 17, up from an opening 14. With the first College Football Playoff rankings near, this is not a game for UM to lose if this season is to continue special. With ABC cameras watching, this 3:30 Saturday game will be another great stage for UM to preen, grow its brand and continue toward "Back" -- or to slip and fall with the nation watching. Canes have won 10 in a row dating to last season; why stop now? I like Richt's perspective on being ranked so high: "First of all, you're not a Top-10 program unless at the end of the year you're a Top-10 program," he said. "We were ranked 10th last year and lost four in a row, so we became unranked. We were happy to be ranked at the end of the year [a final 20th after a bowl win]. But we're not at the point where we can just line up and impose our will on people." That makes Syracuse an opponent UM will have to work hard and play well to beat. I believe the Canes will. (Pictured left: A bit of nostalgia. Cover of a Syracuse-Miami program from game played in 1965). My pick: Hurricanes, 34-23.
Louisville (4-3) at Florida State (2-3), noon: Noles mere 6 1/2-point favorites as nightmare season continues for preseason No. 3.
No. 20 UCF (5-0) at Navy (5-1), 3:30: Knights only 7-point faves in what should be toughest test thus far.
North Texas (4-2) at FAU (3-3), 5: Home-nesting Owls a 3 1/2-point betting choice.
No. 16 South Florida (6-0) at Tulane (3-3), 7: Bulls the pick by 11 1/2, but better be careful.
Off this week: FIU (4-2, next at Marshall); and Florida (3-3, next vs. No. 3 Georgia).
National Collball Week 8 overview: Two big Top 25 matchups this week, both Saturday at 7:30, as first College Football Playoff rankings loom: No. 19 Michigan at No. 2 Penn State, and 11-Southern Cal at 13-Notre Dame.
Select other recent columns: Minor Miracle Bails Out Richt's Gamble (Saturday's UM win over Georgia Tech). Latest Drama in Bizarre, Trying Season (Dolphins' Snortgate). It Isn't Just Cutler (Dolphins' offense woes). Back On Track & Ready To Roar (Florida Panthers). Here's What I Find Funny, Cam (Cam Newton). Jeter Betting On Jeter (Marlins). Also: Hope That Wasn't Goodbye. Chasing History. Wade Will End Where He Belongs. Larranaga Has Canes Flying High, Now This. Regret, Tears & a Legacy's Dark Shadow. Really Good or God-Awful, Cutler Won't Be Dull. A Perspective On Sports As a Hurricane Hits. Stanton Chasing 1984. Specials: Thank You, Mae Riback. Thank You, Edwin Pope.
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