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COLLBALL WEEK 4
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G3: Results are now certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show the number holding steady at 95.7 percent in the wake of Saturday night's 77-7 home victory over Savannah State putting No. 16 Miami's season record at 3-0. That includes a season-high 77.2% 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 10 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.
G3: 95.7 percent (77.2 very, 18.5 somewhat) following 77-7 victory vs. Savannah State.
Next poll: Sept. 28 following game at South Florida.
College football has marched from the excitement of Opening Week to Canes-Gators to Saban-Manziel to ... this. Week 4 is Weak 4, relatively speaking. Nevertheless, the blog's Collball Roundup sallies on!
G3: NO. 16 MIAMI 77, SAVANNAH STATE 7. MORRIS INJURED IN ROUT: Not much to say about a score like this. The biggest news is QB Stephen Morris' ankle injury that shortened his night, although it does not seem to be real serious. A member of the Canes football staff texted me last night a "worst case scenario" that Morris could miss next week's game vs. winless USF but be ready for the ACC opener. A perfunctory win last night. But they covered! ..... Original post: OK so the point spread is only 60 and the only reason to think Miami won't cover is indifference, by which I mean not wanting to win by that much. The Canes could, but I doubt they will. Who knows how long Stephen Morris, Duke Johnson and the front-line stars will even play? (Enough to pad stats, then defer to the underlings is the likely answer). I also doubt that Al Golden, from Temple, remember, will try to rub it in the weeping face of an obviously overmatched opponent. Savannah State football is known for two things: 1) Shannon Sharpe. 2) Volunteering itself as a punching bag for the money. Eight FBS games this week have 40-plus spreads, and our state is involved in three, with Miami and Florida State on the right side and FIU not. By the way: Off last week, now Savannah State, then winless South Florida on deck ... has UM ever had a more relaxing three-week stretch? I'll have another pina colada, please! My pick was: Miami, 56-0.
Other Week 4 state FBS games:
No. 7 Louisville 72, FIU 0 -- Like the above mismatch, we thought this, too, could get really ugly really fast. (But maybe not this ugly!) FIU, now 0-4, is reeling, with new coach Ron Turner bailing water, and top-10 L-ville was looking to pad Teddy Bridgewater's passing stats with Mr. Heisman in mind. Teddy is pictured, perhaps dreaming of today's four TD passes. My pick was: Louisville, 52-7.
Middle Tennessee 42, FAU 35 (OT) -- Owls tie it in last seconds of regulation, but for naught. I'd noted that Middle Tennessee brought a modestly better team to this Conference USA duel, but I went all homer and took The Team The Pipe Built. Had Mid-Tenn originally and switched. That hurts. My pick was: Upset. FAU, 27-24.
No. 19 Florida 31, Tennessee 17 -- Vols are not the power they occasionally are, and I thought Gators, coming off a bye and in The Swamp, should have their way. QB Jeff Driskel was lost for the season with an ankle injury. Tyler Murphy came in and played ably, but, still, that's a big blow for UF. My pick was: Florida, 31-17 (Exact score!).
No. 8 Florida State 54, Bethune-Cookman 6 -- B-Cook just had its way with FIU but faced a real FBS team this time in top-10 FSU. Was not fathoming an upset at The Doak. My pick was: FSU, 42-14.
Off this week:
UCF: Knights 3-0 after upset of Penn State and knocking on poll doors with a big chance to barge in, hosting No. 12 South Carolina next.
South Florida: Bulls are down at 0-3 and hosting No. 16 Miami next. Ouch.
Week 4 national Top 25 matchup:
No. 5 Stanford 42, No. 23 Arizona State 28 -- Week's only T25 head-to-head was no Alabama-Texas A&M but we take what is offered. Stanford was on an 8-1 run in home games against ranked opponents so was a good play. My pick was: Stanford, 34-27.
My record: This week, 5-1; season, 21-5.
MY PHILLY MEA CULPA: I wrote something in Thursday's paper that made a lot of people very mad, and merits an explanation (in addition to my individual response to e-mailers). I have seldom seen a greater disconnect beween how I meant for something to be read and how it was read. That's on me. The offending sentence appeared in my NFL predictions capsule for the Chiefs-Eagles game. I wrote: "Philly fans would boo a wounded soldier trying to save save a cancer-stricken boy from a burning building..." I meant to needle the reputation of Philadelphia sports fans with an exaggerated example a bit more creative than "would boo Santa Claus." In mentioning a soldier and a sick child I obviously was citing the last people on Earth who would ever deserve to be booed. Or so I thought. But many readers, including dozens who wrote me, most very angrily, felt I was making light of wounded soldiers and sick kids. This was never my intention, of course. But what I wrote offended many, and that's on me, too. To the offended, I apologize and bank a lesson learned.
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