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G5: HURRICANES 44, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 37: IT'S A STEPHEN MORRIS AIR RAID!: Oh my. What a no-defense, air-raid thriller. Stephen Morris passes for a UM and ACC-record 566 yards and five TDs to lift Miami to a 44-37 home triumph over North Carolina State -- the winning points on a 62-yard scoring strike to Phillip Dorsett with 19 seconds left. If UM isn't headed for a Top 25 ranking now it'll be a shock. When your resume shows 4-1, including 3-0 in a major conference, and your only loss is at Kansas State, you have earned a ranking. What a setup for next week's game vs. Notre Dame at Soldier Field! UM continues to have real problems defensively, but this isn't the time for negatives. Not after Morris has just had an historic day that rewrote the records books. Original post: Emotion is a big part of college football from week to week, and UM spent a lot of it last week in that thrilling 42-36 overtime upset at Georgia Tech. Sustaining emotion isn't always easy, and so I see a danger game and a possible letdown for Miami, a slight favorite over North Carolina State in today's nooner matching ACC squads of equal 3-1 records. I also think there is a look-ahead factor facing Miami, with that huge Notre Dame game on deck. Also a concern: The Hurricanes won't have much home-field advantage if the crowd is the stadium-two-thirds-empty, 25K or so I'd expect. I see coach Al Golden with a challenge on his hands, as much with his own team's mental state as with the opponent. I also think UM's secondary, not a team strength, could have its hands full with a capable Wolfpack QB in Mike Glennon. (Bonus observation: Notice that both characters in the team logos pictured are wearing Popeye-era sailor hats). My pick was: Miami, 28-24.
Other Collball Week 5 featured state FBS games, in order:
North Texas 20, FAU 14: Well, after playing at No. 1 Alabama last week (a surprisingly credible 40-7 loss), the Owls were back against someone their own size as manageable home underdogs. My pick was: North Texas, 24-17.
No. 4 FSU 30, South Florida 17: I saw this as a letdown game for highly ranked Florida State after facing top-10 Clemson last week, vs. a pumped-up USF. Sure enough, game was close early 'til Noles pulled away. My pick was: FSU, 31-20.
Louisiana-Lafayette 48, FIU 20: This would have been a nice road upset for a Panthers in their Sun Belt but QB Jake Medlock's injury-absence and bad defense hurt. A rough 1-4 start for The Int'l. My pick was: La-Lafayette, 34-16.
My record this week, 4-0. Season, 21-3.
Other state FBS games: Missouri def. UCF, 21-16. Florida had a bye.
National Game of the Week: No. 14 Ohio State def. No. 20 Michigan, 17-16.
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