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September 14, 2012

G3: Hurricanes 38, Bethune-Cookman 10 (Final): Duuuke! Johnson's four TDs carry UM in home opener; plus FIU loses, more Collball Week 3

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G3: HURRICANES 38, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 10: Big-play fireworks from freshman Duke Johnson carried the Canes past undermanned Bethune on Saturday, 38-10. Johnson had a 95-yard kick return touchdown, a 50-yard scoring pass and a 28-yard TD run along with a shorter score. Miami is now 2-1. ..... Original post: Got a headache? Pop an Advil. Hurting from a 52-13 loss at Kansas State? Pop Bethune-Cookman. Sorry, 1aa1bcumBethuners and Cookmanites, but you smaller schools serve a purpose on the NCAA food chain, and that is to give bigger schools either A) a soft dress-rehearsal with which to prepare for their real games, or B) a stat-padding, pysche-soothing automatic win following a big loss. Make that "B" for Miami this week. Having said that I would note two points of caution. 1) Bethune is 2-0, so, as Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference teams go, this is a pretty decent one. 2) After last week I'd say UM isn't good enough to take anybody for granted. The Canes' defense, especially, needs to show it can dominate somebody. Anybody. See a big numbers game for Stephen Morris. Also think Duke Johnson will put on a big, legend-in-the making show in his home debut. My pick was: Miami, 48-10.

Other Collball Week 3 state FBS games:

No. 5 Florida State 52, Wake Forest 0: After two cupcake mismatches FSU elevated to a semi-cupcake in ACC foe Wake Forest. Noles have now outscored three opponents, 176-3. My pick was: FSU, 38-13.

UCF 33, FIU 20: FIU lost to a bad team (Duke), then barely beat an even worse team (Akron). Now the Mario Brothers faced a legit team in the Central Florida Knights. This would have been a really nice road upset for The Int'l but a 23-0 first half hole proved too deep. My pick was: UCF, 31-17.

No. 18 Florida 37, No. 23 Tennessee 20: To folks in the 'Villes (Gaines and Knox) this felt like the national game of the day. It was close. I still wasn't sold all the way on Florida, but I'm getting closer. Nice road win. My pick was: Tennessee, 24-23.

No. 7 Georgia 56, FAU 20: What FAU won't do for a fat revenue-sharing check. Although the Owls did give a better show than I imagined. My pick was: Georgia, 55-7.

My records: Week, 4-1. Season, 13-2.

Other state FBS games: Rutgers def. South Florida, 23-13, on Thursday.

National Game of the Week: No. 2 Southern Cal @ No. 21 Stanford (Saturday 7:30).

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