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September 30, 2012

G4: Arizona 24, Dolphins 21 (Final/OT): Heartbreak (again); 2nd straight overtime loss overshadows big day for Tannehill, Hartline

1aa1mevid21NEW VIDEO: CANES' AND MORRIS BIG DAY!: Our video channel is back with a new mini-commentary on Saturday's record performance by Hurricanes QB Stephen Morris in UM's win over North Carolina State. Click on YoutTube/TheGregCote. Also voting continues in our latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this one. 

[1) It is SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30. U.S. chokes, blows Ryder Cup, loses to Europe. 2) New college Associated Press poll is out. Hurricanes are denied. Still in the "also receiving votes" category. 3) Join our Live Blog Q&A/Chat tomorrow/Monday 1-2 p.m. 4) Join us on Twitter@gregcote. That's a lot of joining right there...]

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: Voting underway in latest DSM in separate blogpost directly above this one.

G4: DOLPHINS @ ARIZONA: Final: Another heartbreak for Miami and Dolfans, a second straight OT defeat. Tannehill passed for 431 yards to break Dan Marino's club rookie record, and Hartline caught 253 yards in passes to break Chris Chambers' club record, but, alas, neither feat can be celebrated much tonight. ..... OT: Killer. Ex-Dolphin Jay Feely boots 46-yard FG for 24-21 'Zona win. ... Tannehill, while being hit, throws interception. ... Looking for a better overtime finish than a week ago vs. Jets. ..... 4Q: said it was easy being a Dolfan? Kolb 15-yard TD pass to Roberts ties it 21-21 with 29 seconds left ... Tannehill loses fumble on sack. ... That was about the nuttiest minute of football I can remember. First Legedu Nannee's fumbled catch is returned inside the Dolphins' 10. Then Sean Smith's second INT rescues Miami. Then Tannehill and Hartline hook up for an 80-yard TD, after which the 2-point conversion pass is good. Wow. ... Andre Roberts 46-yard pass from Kolb gives 'Zona first lead at 14-13 with about 9 minutes left. Richard Marshall is not an NFL-capable starting cornerback. Tannehill with his chance to be a hero ..... 3Q: Tannehill intercepted. This one counts. Momentum shifting? ... Lucky break. Tannehill called interception by Adrian Wilson reversed on review. ... Larry Fitzgerald 3-yard scoring pass from Kevin Kolb has Cacti within 13-7. ... Carpenter just wide on 51-yard FG try. ... Half: dreamy half for Miami, with the defense limiting Arizona to 68 total offensive yards and Ryan Tannehill a sharp 15-for-21 for 219 yards -- 196 of them to Brian Hartline (110) and Davone Bess (86). Very, very impressive start for the visitors. ..... 2Q: Carpenter 27-yard FG and 13-0 lead set up by Smith pickoff. ... Sean Smith interception in final minute secures shutout half for Miami. ... Jorvorskie Lane bulls in on a 4th-and-1 for a 10-0 Miami lead just inside 2-minute warning. Like that gamble. Would have liked the call even if they'd failed. ... Cameron Wake-s up, goes from zero season sacks to three in the first half. ... The excitement is palpable, can't you feel it? But enough about the Ryder Cup. Back to the football game. ... Former goat Dan Carpenter with 32-yard FG and 3-0 Miami lead. ..... 1Q: Ryan Tannehill very sharp in a scoreless first quarter (8-10, 86 yards). Encouraging start for Miami. ..... Original post: Somehow, when we weren't looking, the once lowly Arizona Cardinals became mighty. At 3-0 they are one of only three remaining unbeatens. Their record is 10-2 dating to last 1aa1cardsdolsmidseason, best in the league. Their defense is very good. They have won seven home games in a row. For these reasons and dash of Larry Fitzgerald I think your Dolphins will have a tough time today out in the desert. The Cacti can get to the opposing QB so Ryan Tannehill needs to be careful and not rookie-acting. I do give Miami a medium upset shot assuming Reggie Bush plays as expected. The Dolphins' D-line should dominate 'Zona's weak offensive line, and, in what figures as a low-scoring game, one or two freak plays could turn this, such as a return TD or defensive score. Your thoughts welcome. (Quick observation on the two logos pictured. You can give them an angry look and a mean stare, but it is nevertheless remains very difficult to make either a bottlenose dolphin or a small bird appear all that menacing). My pick: Arizona, 20-10.

September 29, 2012

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 95.2%

              NEW VIDEO: CANES' AND MORRIS' BIG DAY!: Our video channel has been on hiatus awhile but we're back at it today with a mini-commentary on Stephen Morris' record passing day in the Canes big win. Click above, or on YouTube/TheGregCote to peruse our complete video library.

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CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G5: Results are certified on the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 95.2 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 44-37 home victory over North Carolina State putting UM's season 1aa1csm12record at 4-1 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. In its fourth season, our blog's CSM polls are your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season. The CSM is a continuing weekly gauge of how UM football fans are feeling. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest you consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, program's direction, and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you can still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.

2012 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 93.9% (40.9-v, 53.0-s) following 41-32 victory at Boston College.

G2: 14.7% (7.0-v, 7.7-s) following 52-13 loss at Kansas State.

G3: 50.2% (7.5-v, 42.7-s) following 38-10 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.

G4: 95.9% (61.0-v, 33.9-s) following 42-36 OT victory at Georgia Tech.

G5: 95.2% (49.6-v, 45.6-s) following 44-37 victory vs. North Carolina State.

Next poll: Oct. 6 following game vs. Notre Dame in Chicago.

Previous final season results:

2011: 22.1% overall satisfaction (following 6-6 season)

2010: 4.2% overall satisfaction (following 7-6 season)

2009: 41.7% overall satisfaction (following 9-4 season)

G5: Hurricanes 44, N.C. State 37: Morris passes for UM-record 566 yards; Canes headed for Top 25 with Irish next; plus Noles, FIU & more

[1) It is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29. Welcome to the weekly Collball post! 2) You can still vote in our Heat poll in post directly below this. Click on Chasing A Dynasty for my Heat column as the champs open training camp today. 3) Visit our video channel at YouTube/TheGregCote and join us on Twitter @gregcote]

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: Watch for new poll at 5 p.m.!: The latest edition of the CSM will appear in a separate blogpost today beginning at 5 p.m. sharp.

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 1aa1canes1 1aa1canes242-36 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 1aa1canespopstrength, 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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September 28, 2012

Heat open camp; you set bar for Big 3 titles. New poll. Vote now!; plus Adam Greenberg, Week 4 picks for Dolphins, NFL

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HEAT HEAT! HEAT!! CHAMPS OPEN CAMP; YOU SET BAR ON EXPECTATIONS: Year 3 of the Heat's Big 3 era unfurled ceremonially Friday with Media Day at the downtown arena (I was there and produced this column) then 1aa1heat1 1aa1heat2begins officially today/Saturday with the first preseason practice for the defending NBA champions. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh return of course for coach Erik Spoelstra, now augmented by major new additions Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. I'm curious what you think constitutes success for the Big 3 team. Has it already been achieved with one title? Does it require a second? Will it take a full-blown dynasty? (In the context of the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers, isn't it great we at least have one team that legitimately puts words like championships and dynasty in play?) Vote now and say why.

ON ADAM GREENBERG'S MARLINS AT-BAT: In their final homestand of the year, the Marlins Tuesday are giving an at-bat to Adam Greenberg, 31, whose career was ended at age 24 by a violent hit-by-pitch to 1aa1adamgthe head. The HBP meant Greenberg had one major-league plate appearance but no official at-bat. Now that dream will be fulfilled. The cynic in me is against this kind of ceremonial or charitable at-bat. It's a greased pole from this to an outright publicity stunt. But if ever there was an exception where this kind of thing was warranted, Greenberg seems like it. This Marlins season has stunk in so, so many ways, but the club is doing a good, sweet little thing here as the games wind down.   

NFL WEEK 4 PREDIX (SORRY, DOLPHINS): Miami treks a long way west into the desert only to lose at 1aa1fripixArizona Sunday, 20-10. See why that is and get all my other latest picks by clicking Week 4 Gems. And click on Stay Away, Roger for my Friday Page NFL column on why commissioner Roger Goodell probably should stay away from this week's Saints-Packers game.

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September 25, 2012

Long national nightmare ends! Real NFL refs return!; plus pix 'n fantasy (WWE), SOPY rankings, bickering Marlins & more

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AGREEMENT REACHED AFTER NFL REPLACEMENT OFFICIALS HIT ALL-TIME LOW ON MONDAY NIGHT FARCEBALL: The real striped shirts will be back on the field beginning with tonight's Browns-Ravens game after an eight-year agreement was reached late last night. Click on Our National Drug for today's latest column by me, on how America's obsession with sports overrides everything -- yes, even including replacement refs. Original post: I tried, folks. I really did. I hated that so many fans were obsessing on the NFL replacement officials. I was, like, "Hey, 1aa1reprefsthey aren't perfect, so what?" But last night turned me around. Incompetent officiating literally stole a victory from the Green Bay Packers and handed it, unearned, to the Seattle Seahawks with an outrageously, preposterously blown call in the end zone on the game's final play. Seattle receiver Golden Tate snatched the ball off the chest of the intercepting Packers defender -- except really all he did was put an arm on the ball. The official at left is making the proper signal of GB possession, but the dunce on the right signalling touchdown prevailed. I think the official on the right, the cheater Tate, the referee and the replay official should all be tarred and feathered, paraded in shackles through every NFL stadium and pelted by bottles, then set loose in a meat-packing plant in Green Bay. There they should be beaten within an inch of their lives by enraged Packers fans swinging enormous legs of lambs, after which they should be shot from cannons into the middle of the ocean and stranded there until rescued or (preferably) devoured by lamb-blood-smelling sharks. In all seriousness, I would make two points. 1) The commissioner's office should void that final, mistaken call and award this victory to Green Bay in the best interests of the what's left of the integrity of the game. 2) The league should cave, give the real officials what they want and get back to the way it was, when we'd complain about the officiating but at least sort of trust it. (Do I sound bitter? The next item, Pix 'n Fantasy, may help explain why...)

Update: NFL statement on MNF mess: The league admitted that Seahawks receiver Golden Tate committed an offensive pass interference penalty that was not called -- and that shold have ended the game with Green bay winning. On the call itself, the league stands by the ruling of "simultaneous catch" favoring the offense, even though any sighted person not living in Seattle who watched the play live or on replay is aware it was not a simultaneous catch. What a calamity for the NFL. Embarrassing.  

NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: WWE: WORST ... WEEK ... EVER!: Speaking of embarrassing, let us just say that Monday night's stupefying ending was a perfectly fitting cap to my weekend. NFL predix: I went 3-13 on my NFL picks this past week. There. I said it. THREE AND THIRTEEN! I believe that is my single worst week in 22 seasons of Friday predix. (I was 4-11-1 against the spread). Everything that could possibly go wrong, did. Dolphins blow a field goal. Detroit's OT botchery. Saints' blown lead. Steelers' blown lead. Monday night. Just unbelievable. Greg's Lobos: Would my fantasy team offer me a smidgen of solace? Of course not! Lobos got whipped, 139-93. I had nobody better than 19 points. I am very close to finally running out of patience and benching Chris Johnson. That of course will be the week he rushes for 226 yards and three TDs.

HEATH: SHUT THE BELL UP!: Marlins defrocked closer Heath Bell popped off about his manager Ozzie Guillen on my friend Dan Sileo's WQAM show, saying, "It's hard to respect a guy that doesn't 1aa1bellhtell you the truth." And, "We need someone who leads us that everybody respects and looks up to." First thought: I know you're frustrated, Heath, but how classless to publicly rip your manager in-season. Second, Bell's own miserable April is what first tipped this season and sent it over the cliff. This human goat is the last man in that clubhouse who should be pointing fingers. (Bell is pictured, presumably marking down his latest blown save).

NHL MOURNS WITH 'LOCKOUT MAN': A hockey blog mourns the season-threatening NHL work stoppage with "Lockout Man," to the tune of Elton John's "Rocket Man." Click here to listen. Other than going on waaay too long, it isn't bad.

SOPY RANKINGS (WEEK 4): DANIELS STILL NO. 1, UM'S MORRIS CLIMBS TO FOURTH: This college football season marks the blog debut of our weekly State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, 1aa1bjdwhich I call the "Sunshine State Heisman" until a Heisman lawyer tells me to stop. Our chart encompasses the most productive seasons of any quarterback, running back or receiver from the state's seven FBS teams: Miami, Florida and FSU, FIU and FAU, and South Florida and UCF. (Note: Rankings consider only passing, rushing and receiving, not returns). Our formula awards one point per offensive yard gained running or receiving and a half-point per yard passing, plus six bonus points for touchdowns thrown or scored. Because our rankings are cumulative, players on a bye week take a temporary hit that evens out over course of season. After Week 4 it's B.J. Daniels of South Florida (pictured) on top for a second straight week. The SOPY Top 10 entering Week 5:

Rank (LW)     Player, Team-pos.     SOPY Pts. Week=Year

1 (1)     B.J. Daniels, South Florida-qb     249 = 830

2 (3)     E.J. Manuel, FSU-qb     304 = 694.5   

3 (2)     Jake Medlock, FIU-qb     59 = 606.5

4 (10)     Stephen Morris, Miami-qb     240 = 587.5

5 (4)     Jeff Driskel, Florida-qb     148.5 = 527

6 (--)     Chris Thompson, FSU-rb     194 = 508

7 (8)     Duke Johnson, Miami-rb     110 = 473

8 (6t)     Mike Gillislee, Florida-rb     73 = 446

9 (5)     Blake Bortles, UCF-qb     BYE = 376

10 (6t)     Kedrick Rhodes, FIU-rb     DNP = 373

Bubble: Graham Wilbert, FAU-qb, 364.5

State of the State rankings: 1. FSU (4-0); 2. Florida (4-0); 3. Miami (3-1); 4. UCF (2-1); 5. South Florida (2-2); 6. FIU (1-3); 7. FAU (1-3).

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September 24, 2012

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: 43.8%

MONDAY LIVE BLOG Q&A: Thanks to all who joined in on our live blog Q&A today. Huge response. We do it every Monday from 1-2 p.m.

[1) It is MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24. Our main Dolphins-Jets game post is directly below this in the blog. Click on Explaining The Inexplicable for my column off the game, and thanks for making it the most-read thing in the paper and online today. 2) Visit or video channel atYouTube/TheGregCote and join us on Twitter @gregcote]

DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G3: Results are certified in the latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 43.8 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to the visiting New York Jets putting Miami's 1aa1dsmseason record at 1-2. That actually ia a fairly high rating following a loss, indicative perhaps of fans understanding that Miami "should" have won if not for a missed 48-yard field. The DSM, in its fifth season, is continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, the season as a whole, the direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you can still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Tuesday.

2012 Dolfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 17.2% (4.4-v, 12.8-s) following 30-10 loss at Houston.

G2: 90.6% (47.1-v, 43.5-s) following 35-13 victory vs. Oakland.

G3: 43.8% (7.2-v, 36.6-s) following 23-20 loss (OT) vs. N.Y. Jets.

Next poll: Sept. 30 following game at Arizona. 

Previous final season results for overall satisfaction:

2011: 34.9%

2010: 3.8%

2009: 31.2%

2008: 96.9%


Read more here: http://blogs.herald.com/random_evidence/#storylink=cpy

 

Live blog Q&A No. 2 / Next one on Sept. 29

[Voting continues in latest Dolfan Satisfaction Meter poll in blogpost directly below this. Click on Explaining The Inexplicable for my column off yesterday's game, and thanks for making it the most-read thing in the paper and on MiamiHerald.com today.]

LIVE BLOG Q&A IN COMMENTS SECTION: Hello dear readers. Today was our second Live Blog Q&A / Chat. Great response today. See 'Comments' below for a transcript. We do this every Monday from 1-2 p.m. I have the time if you have the interest.

We talk Dolphins, Canes, Heat, Marlins, me, you, this blog, The Herald, national sports, politics, carpentry, whatever.

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September 23, 2012

G3: Stinkin' Jets 23, Dolphins 20: Heartbreak! NYJ winning 33-yard FG on 2nd try after Miami timeout erases blocked kick

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Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: See latest results in blogpost directly below this one. 

Dolfan Satisfaction Meter: Voting continues in separate post directly above this.

G3: N.Y. STINKIN' JETS 23, DOLPHINS 20 (Final/OT): OT: Heartbreaker. What a way to lose. Jets win on 33-yard FG on second try after Miami timeout just prior to first snap negates Miami blocked kick by Randy Starks. ... Tannehill 41-yard completion to Brian Hartline helps set up Carpenter for 48-yard FG, but it's wide left. ... Miami forces Jets punt. ..... 4Q: Carpenter 41-yard FG ties it 20-20 with 16 seconds left. ... Jets with first lead, 20-17, on Jeremy Kerley 7-yard TD pass from Mark Sanchez with 3:01 to play. Jimmy Wilson the defensive victim. ... Carpenter wide on 47-yard FG try. Big miss. ... Huge goal-line stand for Miami defense limits NYJ to 20-yard FG and 17-13 score after Richard Marshall pass interference in end zone gives Planes a 1st-and-goal at 1. ..... 3Q: Oy. Miami pass defense beaten for 66-yard catch and run by Jeremy Kerley, giving Planes 1st-and-goal at 5 as quarter ends. ... FB Jorvorskie Lane bulls in from the 1 for a 17-10 Miami lead. ... Darrelle Revis wheeled off on cart for Jets with knee injury, his day done. Big break for Miami. ... Lamar Miller pops outside for a nifty little 22-yard run. ... Tannehill must throw to win this game. ... Funny moment. After stadium "Kiss Cam," Jumbotron showed Jets Tebow and Clyde Gates, the ex-Dolphin. And teammate Chaz Schilens pushed them together as if to encourage a kiss. ... It's as if Miami is afraid to let Tannehill pass. ... Jets poised to parlay Thomas fumble into points until two huge plays by Dolphins D. First, Randy Starks drops Tebow for five-yard loss. Then Chris Clemons intercepts Sanchez in end zone. Big, big. ... Killing mistakes. Daniel Thomas loses fumble, Darrelle Revis recovers at Miami 26. Upheld on review. ... LaRon Landry intercepts Tannehill, returns 18 yards for TD, game tied 10-10. ... Reggie Bush trotting on sideline but not in game (knee), his returnquestionable. ..... Half: defense is dominating Mark Sanchez, who is 8-for-19 for 77 yards with an INT. But Dolphins must get more on the offensive end. Much as they want to feature Reggie Bush, might need to unleash Ryan Tannehill (6-for-11, 62 yards) a bit more in second half. ..... 2Q: Reggie Bush down, hurt, in final minute (uh oh), but walks off on own power so seems OK. ..... Punter Brandon Fields roughed in end zone; Dolphins keep ball. ... First little on-field skirmish inside of a minute. Unsportsmanlike conduct called on MIA tackle Jonathan Martin. ... NYJ within 10-3 on 33-yard FG 1:55 before halftime. ... Tebow converts fake-punt for Planes. ... Dan Carpenter FG of 21 yards and 10-0 Miami lead. ..... 1Q: start for the home team ... Light rain falling. ... Tim Tebow takes one snap, hands off, for N.Y. ... Daniel Thomas 1-yard TD run and a 7-0 Miami lead, a 47-yard drive preceded by the interception. ... Richard Marshall picks off Mark Sanchez. What,no "We want Tebow!" chant? ..... Original post: You know from a previous blogpost that the Jets are the Stinkin' 1aa1dol11Jets to me: "J-E-R-K -- JERKS!" It stems from the fact this is a visceral rivalry, one you tend to take personally. (Why is that?) Anyway, I like Miami in a small upset, and can only hope I am thinking logically, and not based on an irrational hatred of Fireman Ed. I just don't know that NYJ is good enough to be favored here. I'm also banking on the idea the Miami we saw vs. Oakland last week was something closer to real than a mirage. I think Reggie Bush can run on this defense, and I think Miami's D can make it tough enough on Mark Sanchez that the Tim Tebow talk blooms anew. Can we get a little "We Want Tebow!" chant today, please?  (My Sunday Random Evidence notes column has a special welcome for Tebow here). The key for Miami will be the play -- and poise -- of rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. Rex Ryan's Jets love to blitz, and CB Darrelle Revis' return from a concussion will help free them to do so. I see Tannehill handling it. My pick: Miami, 20-17.

September 22, 2012

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 95.9%

Dolphins pregame show: Making my in-studio season debut tomorrow/Sunday on 790 The Ticket's pregame show, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tune in if you'd like. Love to have you join us.

[1) It is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22. Find our main Collball Week 3 post including UM's OT victory at Georgia Tech directly below this in the blog. 2) Visit our video channel at YouTube/TheGregCote and join us on Twitter @gregcote]

CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G4: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter, and they show 95.9 percent overall satisfaction -- a season high -- in the wake of Saturday's 42-36 overtime victory at Georgia Tech putting UM's season record at 3-1 1aa1csm12overall and 2-0 in the ACC. In its fourth season, our blog's CSM polls are your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season. The CSM is a continuing weekly gauge of how UM football fans are feeling. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest you consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, program's direction, and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you can still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.

2012 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 93.9% (40.9-v, 53.0-s) following 41-32 victory at Boston College.

G2: 14.7% (7.0-v, 7.7-s) following 52-13 loss at Kansas State.

G3: 50.2% (7.5-v, 42.7-s) following 38-10 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.

G4: 95.9% (61.0-v, 33.9-s) following 42-36 OT victory at Georgia Tech.

Next poll: Sept. 29 following game vs North Carolina State.

Previous final season results:

2011: 22.1% overall satisfaction (following 6-6 season)

2010: 4.2% overall satisfaction (following 7-6 season)

2009: 41.7% overall satisfaction (following 9-4 season)

G4: Hurricanes 42, Georgia Tech 36: UM roars back for huge ACC road win on Mike James' 4th TD of game!; plus FIU, Noles, FAU-Bama, Gators & more

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G4: HURRICANES @ GEORGIA TECH: A WATERSHED TRIUMPH FOR THE GOLDEN ERA: Oh my. What a huge, thrilling comeback win in overtime for Miami, 42-36 at Georgia Tech in overtime. Senior Mike James' 25-yard TD run -- his fourth score of the game -- ended it. UM squandered an early 19-0 lead but prevailed as Stephen Morris passed for 436 yards, 184 of them to Phillip Dorsett. A watershed triumph in the Al Golden era. Halftime: Weird, weird game. Perfect first quarter for Miami, with a long TD pass, field goal, safety, short scoring run and terrific defense forming a 19-0 lead. And then, um, well, let's not torture ourselves. Original post: Insulted, disrespected, angry. That's how the Canes should be feeling entering this game. Might even make a 1aa1canesgtneat pregame-speech theme for Al Golden. (You're welcome!) Tech a 14-point favorite!? Why? Aren't these a couple of mid-pack ACC teams both 2-1? (Yes). Hasn't UM beaten Tech the past three straight seasons? (Yes). Don't get me wrong. I see why the Jackets Amarillo are favored, based on the venue and that vaunted ground game averaging 374 yards per game. But a two-TD spread really is a bit much, and presents an opportunity for the Canes to prove to the (apparent) many doubters that they, too, are a solid team. That ugly loss at Kansas State left doubts. A road victory here would help erase those. I'd be surprised if the game was the rout that point spread suggests, and an outright upset would not surprise. My pick: Georgia Tech, 30-24.

Other Collball Week 4 state FBS games:

No. 14 Florida 38, Kentucky 0: I'm still not convinced that The Gator is the top-10 team he might be after a win here, but last week in Knoxville started to win me over a bit. UF has now beaten Kentucky a surreal 26 straight times. My pick was: Florida, 31-13.

No. 1 Alabama 40, FAU 7: "FAU vs. Alabama" looked outlandish on its face. It was like, "Greg Cote vs. Ernest Hemingway." Yet the teams were scheduled, and so play they did. And if there is such thing as a prideful 33-point loss, this was it. Maybe Nick Saban was gentle on the Owls. In any case FAU represented OK. My pick was: Alabama, 55-3.

No. 20 Louisville 28, FIU 21: Miami-talent-laden L'ville and QB Teddy Bridgewater, the UM turncoat, brought a high-output offense to town, and The Int'l hadn't been real impressive thus far. But I saw it close and it was. My pick was: Louisville, 27-20.

No. 4 FSU 49, No. 10 Clemson 37: Top 10 matchups are a rare treat so call this the national Game of the Week. I'd have been nervous if I were a Seminoles fan. You start 3-0 against overmatched foes, by an outrageous combined score of 176-3, then you go from cupcakes to Clemson. That's tough. FSU showed it's for real in a rally win. My pick was: FSU, 34-31.

My record this week, 4-1. Season, 17-3.

Other state FBS games: Ball State d. South Florida, 31-27. UCF had a bye.

National Game of the Week: Clemson-FSU (see above).

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