Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 82.9%; plus Duke leads 34-6 UM rout, Gators win, FIU loses, Upset Bird Countdown (6 days) & more
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COLLBALL WEEK 1
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G1: 82.9%: Votes are certified in the season's first Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 82.9 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Friday night's season-opening 34-6 non-conference home win over Florida Atlantic. (Overall satisfaction is a combination of those who call themselves "very" or "somewhat" satisfied). This is the fifth year for CSM polls in our blog. These are your invitation after every Hurricanes game to vote on your overall satisfaction with the team and season in 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, the season as a whole, the program's direction, and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Polls never close (you may still vote), but results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9:30 a.m. today/Sunday.
2013 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter
G1: 82.9 percent (19.9% very, 63.0% someWHAT) following 34-6 victory vs. Florida Atlantic.
Next poll: Sept. 7 following game vs. Florida.
Previous final season results:
2012: 80.9% overall satisfaction (following 7-5 season)
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)
G1: HURRICANES 34, FAU 6: NEVER IN DOUBT AS UM CRUISES -- [Click HERE for my column off the Canes' season-opening win]. ..... It was a systematic dismantling more than an overwhelming rout as Miami, likely glancing ahead to the Florida Gators' visit in a week, put a by-the-numbers 34-6 pasting on undermanned FAU. Miami's defense had its way, and sophomore star Duke Johnson rushed for a career high 186 yards. QB Stephen Morris was so-so but it hardly mattered. ..... Original post: So much going on tonight at Dolphins Hurricanes stadium as The U launches Year 3 of the Al Golden era. The 30th anniversary of the 1983 Miami national-championship team will be marked in a halftime ceremony, and this is the first-ever Canes meeting with northern neighbor Florida Atlantic. Both occasions have made this all but Howard Schnellenberger Week in So Fla, since he coached the '83 champs and birthed FAU's program from nothing. (Click HERE for my Schnellenberger column from earlier in the week). So much pageantry surrounds this game. Unfortunately the game itself figures to be an uncompelling rout, a "soft opener" for Miami before next week's mega-visit by the Florida Gators. FAU's Owls look to be bottom-feeders (keeping FIU company) in their new Conference USA home. The Canes, poised just outside the Top 25s, look to be very good, an ACC title contender, with Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson fronting a potent offense and with a much-improved defense, too. That pregnant NCAA cloud still looms over Miami -- shame on the NCAA for its interminable delay -- but we won't rehash that here. It's football time! Pick was: Miami, 45-10.
Other Week 1 state FBS games:
No. 10 Florida 24, Toledo 6 -- Gators missing five starters but didn't matter much as UF rolled to 24th straight season-opening win. Pick was: Florida, 41-10.
Maryland 43, FIU 10 -- Off-field turmoil set Ron Turner era off to a shaky start. Now the Panthers' problems turn to on-field. Pick was: Maryland, 34-13.
McNeese State 53, USF 21 -- Pick was : USF, 27-14.
No. 11 Florida State 41, Pittsburgh 13 -- Noles wrap up Week 1 schedule impressively. I could not have been more wrong in thinking a hostile climate would make it tough on freshman Noles QB Jameis Winston (pictured). He was spectacular. Pick was: FSU, 28-20.
UCF 38, Akron 7 -- Knights started us off with big home win Thursday night. Pick was: UCF, 37-16.
Week 1 national Top 25 matchups:
No. 8 Clemson 38, No. 5 Georgia 35 -- Game of the Week found Bulldogs loaded but I took Taj Boyd at home and nailed it. Pick was: Upset. Clemson, 30-27.
No. 12 LSU 37, No. 20 Texas Christian 27 -- Visiting Tigers lost ton of talent to NFL but had enough back. Pick was: LSU, 24-20.
My record: Week 1 and season, 7-1.
GATORS NO. 2 IN OVERALL INTEREST: Facebook has come out with the top 10 college sports programs on based on team pages. It lists them, in order, as Ohio State, Florida, Texas, Michigan, LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon and Georgia. Guessing the list is football-driven except perhaps in the notable cases of hoops-mad NC and KY.
THE SOPY IS BACK!: Returning for a second season in the blog will be our State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) rankings, a weekly Top 10 of the most productive quarterbacks, runners and receivers from the state's seven FBS schools. UM's Stephen Morris won the 2012 SOPY award, edging FSU's E.J. Manuel. Watch for the first 2013 rankings in the blog on Tuesday morning.
Our Upset Bird Countdown -- 5 Days will be coming later today...
UPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 6 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction pages on Sept. 6, and we began a 10-day countdown honoring outstanding notable birds. Today, at 6 days, we honor Miami's iconic Bird Bowl, located on (where else) Bird Road. I'll tell you how long Bird Bowl has been around: Since back when bowling was actually popular. The Upset Bird enjoys the cacaphony of bowling -- the shatter of pins aurally mindful of an aviary flock flushed suddenly from a tree -- but has personally been prevented from trying it by his unfortunate lack of hands, let alone fingers.
UPSET BIRD COUNTDOWN: 7 DAYS: The Upset Bird and I kick off our season of Friday NFL prediction pages on Sept. 6, and we began a 10-day countdown honoring outstanding notable birds. Yesterday, at 7 days, we featured The Birds, the classic 1963 film starring Tippi Hedren. As an Alfred Hitchcock aficionado, I cannot rule out the eerie physical similarity and possible link between the menacing crows that attacked Hedren and the ravenesque mascot of The Friday Page. Yes, there is a real possibility that my watching The Birds for the first time may have subliminally planted the dark seed that would grow, years later, into the Upset Bird.
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