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September 22, 2012

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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