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October 13, 2012

G7: North Carolina 18, Hurricanes 14 (Final): Two-point try that wasn't haunts UM in first ACC loss, and QB Morris hurt; plus Gators, Noles, FIU & more

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G7: NORTH CAROLINA @ HURRICANES: Final: It now appears Morris might miss next week's big visit by Florida State. ..... UM's previous two losses were to ranked opponents on the road. Though very lopsided, those defeats at least could be rationalized. In some ways this loss was worse because, although close, it was at home to an ACC rival with the same record. ..... Stephen Morris departed in fourth quarter with an ankle injury but he'd been struggling. What ended up really hurting UM was a planned two-point conversion try that ended up being an extra-point kick because of a five-yard penalty. UM would have been in position for an attempted tying field goal late in game had that two-point try been attempted and converted. In the end, UM's deefnse contained UNC's high-powered offense pretty well. It was the Heels' defense that proved better than expected, and too much for Miami. Canes now 4-3 overall, 3-1 in the conference. Halftime: question going in was whether Miami's struggling defense could limit UNC's high-powered offense. The bigger question at the half is whether UM's offense, especially the passing game, can generate enough against the Heels' D. ..... Original post: This ACC Coastal Division game reiterates how Miami is held in such little regard. Both the Canes and North Carolina are 4-2. UM is 3-0 in the 1aa1canesuncconference to the Heels' 1-1. Yet the visiting team is a 7 1/2-point favorite. I think it's UNC's three-game winning streak during which a very impressive offense has scored 141 points -- juxtaposed against a Miami defense that has been pretty awful. Also, it's not as if the Canes enjoy much of a home-field advantage at Dolphins stadium, where I'd anticipate another half-full gate. The onus is on embattled UM defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio (pictured left) to get his unit turned around now. Some Canes fans derisively refer to D'Onofrio as Onofrio -- as in, no D. I might also suggest "D'Oh-no-frio." Not sure there's a miracle cure for this young defense. Nevertheless, UM has the offense (despite last week's implosion vs. Notre Dame) to hang with UNC in a shootout. And I like coach Al Golden having his guys mentally ready for a big bounceback showing. Last week hurt, but an ACC championship game appearance is still very much in play, ever more so with a win here. Upset! My pick was: Miami, 34-28.

Other Collball Week 7 featured state FBS games, in order:

No. 12 FSU 51, Boston College 7: How would Noles rebound from their national-title-hope ruining loss at N.C. State? By taking out all that frustration on poor B.C., I thought. And was right. My pick was: FSU, 45-14.

No. 4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17: Vandy was bad but not awful; they played South Carolina to a 17-13 loss. And Gators were coming off that big emotional triumph over LSU. So this was a letdown game. Thought UF wouldn't blow its ranking but expected a close game. My pick was: Florida, 27-19.

Middle Tennessee 34, FIU 30: I understood FIU being a home 'dog. Mid-Tenn was better overall, and what passed for a Panthers defense was allowing an outrageous 37.8 points per game. The Int'l was due something to go right, though, an encouraging game. And the return from injury of QB Jake Medlock would be a huge boost. Alas, FIU feel inches short in the final seconds, continuing a snake-bit season now 1-6. My pick was: FIU, 30-27.

Louisiana-Monroe 35, FAU 14: This was a La-Mo team that opened season with a 34-31 OT loss to then No. 8 Arkansas. They averaged 39.6 points. Pray for the Owls. My pick was: La-Monroe, 41-16.

My record: This week, 3-2. Season, 25-8.

Other state FBS games: UCF def. Southern Miss, 38-31. South Florida had a bye.

National Game of the Week: No. 9 LSU def. No. 3 South Carolina, 23-21. Steve Spurrier's 'Cocks needed a big road to feather chances of sneaking up into the BCS National Championship game, but fell short.

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Look for FIU to rebound today against a very inconsistent MTSU, although the Blue Raiders have been very impressive on days they show up to play.

Despite a predicted win for FIU today, the season will otherwise end in a very disappointing fashion. How FIU has regressed three years, despite all of the preseason top 25/BCS bowl buster predictions from both ESPN and SI, is beyond comprehension. We'll one day look back at this season and simply write it off as a speed bump in an otherwise inevitable rise for FIU.

The nation's top college football programs have at least one of the following:

1. Public university
2. Large enrollment with compounding alumni base
3. On campus stadium

FIU has all three. Its the reason we've come so far in only our 7th year in Div 1 FCS football, and its the reason will the inevitable rise will continue. Naysayers will hate and conclude otherwise, but the numbers of today's college football economic landscape are on our side. That's reality, and its why UCF has enjoyed similar success in a slightly longer period of time.

GO PANTHERS!

OC, your question regarding how it was hanging for myself got me to thinking. I began to wonder whether or not women might feel similar comaraderie if we asked, "How are they hanging?"

Man the UM defense scares me. I can't beleive how bad it has becomoeon that side of the ball.

Hang on this r. duke.

the spiral is worse than i originally thought. no telling how far down miami's college football program will fall, maybe even into oblivion.

The D? Sickening. One hundred percent sickening.

Miami's receivers couldn't catch a cold at the infirmary ward at Jackson Memorial.

Johnny I thought you were already dead from da AIDS...

Pee

duke of everything...
What do think of the new Stones song "Doom & Gloom"?

Jimbo, I haven't seen it yet but I love the Stones. I'll check it out and get back to you.

We'll one day look back at this season and simply write it off as a speed bump in an otherwise inevitable rise for FIU.
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

We suck. Period. ... Changes are needed, badly. Otherwise, Conf-USA is going to bitch slap us around like Ike Turner...
Quijote Posted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:55 pm

SCHIZOPHRENIC

The nation's top college football programs have at least one of the following:
1. Public university
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,557024,00.html

usc, stanford, notre dame
elite private schools

YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR

2. Large enrollment with compounding alumni base
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

you employ specious logic ...
neither alumnus nor student necessarily equals fan ...
FAN = FAN
case in point: me
I attended uf undergrad & law ...
don't give a flying f_ck 'bout that school ...
a C-A-N-E to the core ...

SOULMATE

2. Large enrollment with compounding alumni base
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

http://twitter.com/i/#!/DavidJNeal/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FOyklI6Dr

how many are fans ...
to be or not to be ...
that is the question ...
in a nutshell ...
take no for an answer ...

NUMBNUT

3. On campus stadium
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

http://twitter.com/i/#!/DavidJNeal/media/slideshow?url=pic.twitter.com%2FVQHmS5cW

It is also annoying we spent $40+ million on a (20,000-seat) stadium (that has high school bleachers) that can't attract more than 500 or so home fans during a nationally televised (ESPNU) game.
-- All American Panther

f-i-u-don't-matter draws flies ...
exaggerates crowd size to appear larger & meet D1 requirements (15,000 per game)
but for strong-arming an unsuspecting student body through obscene activity fees ...
their unwanted athletic program would die a lonely death ...

BAREBONES BOONDOGGLE

FIU has all three. Its the reason we've come so far in only our 7th year in Div 1 FCS football, and its the reason will the inevitable rise will continue.
That's reality, and its why UCF has enjoyed similar success in a slightly longer period of time.
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

working from a faulty premise when he makes that argument ... FIU has never been able to beat good teams. At no point.
-- bobbob1313

For all the hype surrounding this year's UCF Knights football program, Central Florida hasn't had a lot of success against teams from one of the six BCS AQ conferences. During the Knights' brief stint in college football's top division, UCF has gone just 3-47 (0.060) against teams in one of the six BCS AQ conferences.
-- bcinterruption.com

EPIC FAIL

the numbers of today's college football economic landscape are on our side. That's reality
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

The Atlantic Coast Conference and ESPN announced a restructured television rights deal that will increase the league’s exposure and pay member schools approximately $4 million more per year than the agreement the conference announced in July 2010.

The restructured contract, which binds the ACC and ESPN through the 2026-27 sports season, will go into effect on July 1 and is worth $3.6 billion

Once Pitt and Syracuse become official members of the ACC, each of the league’s 14 teams will receive $17.1 million in TV revenue from the conference.
-- newsobserver.com

As for renegotiation of the media rights deal with Notre Dame in the fold, the ACC has wasted little time opening a dialogue with ESPN.

“We will renegotiate our television contract with ESPN and we’ve already begun those discussions,” Swofford said. “Obviously beforehand we had already done some analysis as far as what impact that Notre Dame’s involvement with our league would have on that agreement and we exepct that to be a positive one.”

As for that timeline?

“I’m not sure negotiations on television ever happen as quickly as you think they will,” Swofford said, “but I would not anticipate that would be a long, drawn-out affair.”
– chicago tribune

PAY ME NOW OR PAY ME LATER

the numbers of today's college football economic landscape are on our side. That's reality
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

$43-million, five-year contract (CUSA) reached with Fox Sports
-- orlando sentinel

POPCORN, PEANUTS, CRACKERJACKS & CANDY KISSES

the numbers of today's college football economic landscape are on our side. That's reality
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

Some point in the next 10 years, the Big 5 conferences are going to start seeing schools take home at least $30M/yr from conference distributions with schools in the Big Ten/SEC (and Texas) probably shooting for $40M+.

It’s just crazy to imagine how big those budgets are going to get compared to the “little guys.”

The distributions from the playoff will certainly be important but the main story is that the Big 5 are guaranteeing themselves even larger cuts through control over the 3 New Years’ Day bowls.

The Big East has officially been relegated to second tier status as well which is important.

Thus, even if the playoffs revenue sharing is merit based, the 5 conferences are going to end up so far ahead of everyone else that even differences of $10-15M (or whatever it may be) between the top Big Ten/SEC and the bottom ACC are going to be relatively minor; they’re all going to blow away what everyone else receives…
– zeek via frank the tank

EAT MY DUST

The nation's top college football programs have at least the following:
Posted by: Quijote | October 13, 2012 at 01:33 PM

the common denominator is talent ...
and the University of Miami sits atop the world's greatest natural resource ...
U get the pick of the litter ...
you pick over the carcass ...
happy hunting ...

SCAVENGER

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