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It's on! Canes at Noles in the Unbeaten Bowl: FSU won today (comfortably) and UM won (barely) so it's a battle of 7-0s next Saturday in Tally. Predict Seminoles will be favored big, likely double-digits big. And so the theme for the week develops: "Canes get no respect. Canes with something to prove."
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G7: 68.4%: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 68.4 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 24-21 victory over visiting Wake Forest putting 7th-ranked Miami's record at 7-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. That's a still-solid number but shows another sharp drop, likely the residue of a second narrow-escape win in a row over a lesser opponent. 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, season as a whole, 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 a.m. today/Monday.
2013 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter
G1: 82.9% (19.9-very, 63.0-somewhat) following 34-6 victory vs. FAU.
G2: 96.7% (71.2-v, 25.5-s) following 21-16 victory vs. Florida.
G3: 95.7% (77.2-v, 18.5-s) following 77-7 victory vs. Savannah State.
G4: 97.6% (67.9-v, 29.7-s) following 49-21 victory at South Florida.
G5: 95.8% (60.4-v, 35.4-s) following 45-30 victory vs. Georgia Tech.
G6: 82.3% (41.8-v, 40.5-s) following 27-23 victory at North Carolina.
G7: 68.4% (31.2-v, 37.2-s) following 24-21 victory vs. Wake Forest.
Next Poll: Nov. 2 following game at Florida State.
G7: NO. 7 HURRICANES 24, WAKE FOREST 21 (Final): DUKE TD WITH 53 SECONDS LEFT!: Final: Fret if you must that for the second straight week UM barely survived a lesser opponent. But overwhelmingly bigger than that is the resourcefulness of this team and the bottom line: 7-0. Duke Johnson had a huge second half to carry the Canes, finishing with 30 runs for 168 yards and two late TDs including the game winner with 53 seconds left. Halftime: Man what a difference that late UM score meant for the way this game feels. Hurricanes fans can exhale a bit. Herb Waters cashed the points with that 35-yard pass from Stephen Morris but it was Clive Walford's one-handed 20-yard catch that was huge. Duke Johnson struggling a bit (10-for37) but you get the sense Canes will take over in second half. I'lll be back with postgame thoughts. ..... Original post: Elvis liked to say "T.C.B." for "taking care of business" and that's why Miami must do today vs. a Wake Forest team that has won two straight, is 4-3 and mustn't be overlooked. That would be (too) easy for the 6-0 Canes today, after the relief of the favorable NCAA verdict and with the highly anticipated trip to Tallahassee on deck. UM and Florida State (see below) must both T.C.B. today to make next week's showdown the Battle of Unbeatens everyone. Hopefully last week's narrow escape at North Carolina proved a lesson for The U. Miami should have Duke Johnson back from injury today and should roll, although I'd guess it a bit closer than the 24-point betting line. My pick was: Miami, 34-17.
Other Week 9 state FBS games, in order of interest:
No. 2 Florida State 49, North Carolina State 17: Here was the other half of "T.C.B." The Seminoles couldn't slip up today or next week's visit by UM would lose so much of its steam. Dangerous sandwich game for FSU, coming between Clemson and Miami, but you could bet NC State has the Noles' attention after beating them 17-16 last season to knock FSU from the national-title hunt. Bobby Bowden's first visit since retiring added emotion to the afternoon. My pick was: FSU, 48-16. (Almost an exact score!)
No. 23 UCF 62, Connecticut 17: The now 6-1 Knights and ranked have a remaining schedule that makes an eventual BCS bowl bid very possible if they don't stumble. It wouldn't be today against a winless UConn. My pick was: UCF 34-10.
No. 20 Louisville 34, South Florida 3: Teddy Bridgewater's Cardinals were stunned by UCF last week but got well as expected a much weaker Bulls squad. My pick was: Louisville, 30-20.
No. 11 Auburn 45, FAU 10: Auburn may be overranked at 11 and after a huge road win at Texas A&M how could homies not take this one lightly? Still, no problem. My pick was: Auburn, 28-17.
Louisiana Tech 23, FIU 7: This is a bad home loss for FIU against a team its own size. My pick was: Upset. FIU, 24-23.
Off this week:
Florida: Limping Gators are 4-3, out of the polls and next facing Georgia in the Cocktail Party.
Week 9 national Top 25 matchups:
No. 15 Oklahoma 38, No. 10 Texas Tech 30: I thought Sooners' excellent pass defense would make it rough on Davis Webb. My pick was: Oklahoma, 27-17.
No. 3 Oregon 42, No. 12 UCLA 14: Ducks were smarting from turning up No. 3 (not 2) in the first BCS poll, and I thought they'd take out the frustration on the Bruins. My pick was: Oregon, 52-34.
No. 21 South Carolina 27, No. 5 Missouri 24 (2OT): I wrote: "I keep not quite believing in 7-0 Mizzou. Maybe it's time I started. (Even though I give Steve Spurrier's Cocks a big upset shot)." Sensed this, just didn't pull the trigger. My pick was: Missouri, 23-21.
No. 6 Stanford 20, No. 25 Oregon State 12: Saw Stanford as a better all-round team but liked the surging Beavers at home. Wrong! My pick was: Upset. Oregon State, 31-27.
My record: This week, 7-3; season, 51-14.
UPSET BIRD DAY: WEEK 8 NFL PREDIX: WOES CONTINUE FOR FLORIDA TEAMS: Thankfully the Hurricanes and Seminoles are hurtling toward a battle of unbeatens on the college end, because Florida's three NFL teams are collectively on a current 22-game losing streak -- astonishingly true! -- and the betting odds say the skid will grow to 24 on Sunday. Jacksonville, 0-7, has lost 12 straight games dating to last season and plays the hugely favored 49ers in London. Tampa Bay is now 0-7 after losing last night to Carolina. And Miami, of course, chips in its three-game losing streak as it plays underdog Sunday at New England. Click on Sad State of the State for today's Friday Page column by me, and on Week 8 Gems for all my latest NFL prediction capsules. (My week got off to a good start last night. Had Panthers winning and covering six points at Bucs, and they did).
Poll result: Marino most beloved Dolphin in landslide: We asked in the previous blogpost (you may still vote), and 62.7 percent called Dan Marino the Dolphins' most beloved player ever. We only asked because the Sporting News recently called Larry Csonka that. Zonk was a distant second in our poll with 17.2%, followed by Zach Thomas 7.2%, Bob Griese 5.1% and Jason Taylor 4.5%. "Somebody else" got 3.3%.
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