1) It is SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7. Welcome to the COLLBALL WEEK 2 blogpost! 2) Dolphins today extend LB Koa Misi's contract through 2017. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Upset Bird Day / NFL Week 1 pix, Stephen Ross poll, Verified Account & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter (gregcote), Instagram (Upsetbird) and Vine (Greg Cote). Includes new Canes-related vids from this morning at stadium.
My Canes-Gators game column: Click on They Earned It, They Deserved It for my column off toay's big game.
COLLBALL WEEK 2
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G2: Results are in on the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show huge 96.7 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 21-16 home victory over the Florida Gators putting UM's season record at 2-0. That near unanimity includes 71.2% calling themselves "very" 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 8:45 a.m. today/Monday.
2013 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter
G1: 82.9 percent (19.9% very, 63.0% somewhat) following 34-6 victory vs. Florida Atlantic.
G2: 96.7 percent (71.2 very, 25.5 somewhat) following 21-16 victory vs. Florida.
Next poll: Sept. 21 following game vs. Savannah State.
G2: HURRICANES 21, NO. 12 FLORIDA 16 (FINAL): AL GOLDEN HAS HIS SIGNATURE WIN!: Final: Enormously impressive win by Miami today. Not pretty. But impressive. Clutch defense owned the day with five takeaways, four of them in UM territory. Click on They Earned It, They Deserved It for my column off the game. ..... 4Q: Driskel hits Solomon Patton for 21-yard scoring pass and Fla within 21-16 with 2:08 to play. ... Miami up 21-9 with 3:29 to play after Duke Johnson 2-yard TD run set up by Miami's fifth defensive takeaway. ... Five takeaways now for Miami defense! That's a third fumble recovery to augment two picks. ... Tracy Howard huge interception for Canes, a most-timely career first with Gators at UM 17 and threatening to take lead. ... Gators pick off Morris on a gross overthrow, return to near midfield. ... UM defense hanging tough, but still need that spark on O. Not convinced 14 points wins this game. ..... 3Q: Allen Hurns' 36-yard catch has Canes on move as quarter ends. (Alas, they punted. Again). ... UM just got its first first-down since first quarter, but it was nullified by a penalty. ... Miami punts again. Canes offense has done nada since first Q. ... Florida within 14-9 on 33-yard FG. ... I feel like momentum is tipping toward The Gator. UM needs a spark on offense. ..... Half: Miami up 14-6 but it's a nervous lead. Gators lead in total yards 243-145. Florida's three turnovers are the difference. Assuming they take care of the ball better in second half, UM will need more from its offense. Talkin' to you, Morris and Duke. ..... 2Q: UM's Thurston Armbrister -- love that name -- recovers fumble inside Miami 20, the third turnover forced by Canes D. ... Miami stops UF on 4th-and-1 from the Miami 16. The big plays keep on comin' for the Canes. ... Interception by UM's Rayshawn Jenkins aborts Gators threat. People who think Jeff Driskel isn't very good were justified on that awful throw. ..... 1Q: Morris gorgeous 52-yard scoring strike, catches Phillip Dorsett in perfect strike. Terrific throw and UM up 14-6. ... Florida within 7-6 on Jeff Driskel 9-yard TD run after Gators block UM punt, but then UF fails on 2-point conversion pass. Why go for two there? Dumb. Weird. Weird even if it worked. ... Miami 7-0 on Stephen Morris' 7-yard TD pass to Herb Waters. Canes capitalize on Fla's midfield fumble. ... Florida RB Matt Jones fumble snuffs promising Gators drive on first series. ... Crowd seems above even, maybe slightly more Canes fans. Supposed to be a sellout, but a few upper-deck sections are fairly barren. ..... Original post: I'm not one for "game of the year" hyperbole. Example: Miami-at-FSU on Nov. 2, an ACC duel, is going to feel pretty damned big. This is special, though, and we all know it. We feel it. It's the Gators. It harks to halcyon days. It speaks of college football's fundamental advantage over the NFL: A rivalry. This is the 55th time since 1938 these two schools will play football, and maybe the last, which adds even more emotion to a game that hardly needs more. Anecdotal suggestion of interest in this game: 1) Delaware Chicken Farm in Hollywood sold out of gator meat. 2) My son is tailgating with a group that got up at (are you ready?) 3:45 a.m. to head to the stadium. And, by the way, let's hear no bitching about the noon start. Seriously. Coach Al Golden and his program are looking for a milespost win, and this would be it. Florida is ranked high for a reason. Gators have the pro-set offense to try to pound Miami. But I think UM's defense is up to the challenge. I think Stephen Morris and Duke Johnson are up to the challenge. I think Canes fans are up to the challenge. Most assignments of mine are work and feel like it. This one is a delight. Pick was: Upset. Miami, 27-20.
Other Week 2 state FBS games:
East Carolina 31, FAU 13 -- Owls fall again in Thursday game. Pick was: East Carolina, 34-17.
UCF 38, FIU 0 -- Panthers' home opener was a monumental dud Friday night. I watched on TV, saw the (non) crowd. Sad. Could be a long, looonnng season for first-year coach Ron Turner. Pick was: UCF, 37-17.
Michigan State 21, USF 6 -- Spartans were a 23.5-point fave. Pick was: Michigan State, 45-10.
Week 2 national Top 25 matchups:
No. 11 Georgia 41, No. 6 South Carolina 30 -- Steve Spurrier had won three straight over Dawgs, but I liked Georgia on a home rebound. Pick was: Georgia, 27-24.
No. 17 Michigan 41, No. 14 Notre Dame 30 -- When in doubt, go home, especially when home is a Big House. Pick was: Michigan, 20-17.
My record: Week 2, 6-0; season, 13-1.
THE SOPY IS BACK!: Back for a second season is our State Offensive Player of the Year (SOPY) ranking, a weekly Top 10 of the most productive quarterbacks, runners and receivers from state's seven FBS schools. FSU QB Jameis Winston and Canes RB Duke Johnson were a near dead-heat for No. 1 after Week 1. Follow along in the blog.
Poll result: Ross donation leaves questions: We asked you about Dolphins owner Stephen Ross' $200 million donation to the University of Michigan, and by an almost 4-to-1 margin you had concerns. A minority of 20.98 percent gave him full credit, while 79.02% wondered why he didn't fund his own stadum's renovations.
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