Canesfan Satisfaction Meter (season final) : 20.1%; plus Canes fall 20-14 in Sun Bowl, team-inspiring-most-optimism verdict & more
GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.
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Our UM bowl-loss postgame thoughts: Find them below, right after the latest CSM postgame poll.
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G13/BOWL/FINAL: Results are certified in the post-bowl, 2015 season-finale Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 20.1 percent overall approval -- the combination of "very" and "somewhat" satisfied" votes -- in the wake of Saturday's 20-14 loss to Washington State in the Sun Bowl putting UM's final season record at 8-5. The CSM, in its seventh season, is 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. Because this is the final poll, we suggest you place emphasis on the season as a whole. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.
2015 CSM Results
Game 1: 62.3% (following 45-0 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman)
Game 2: 34.2% (following 44-20 victory at Florida Atlantic)
Game 3: 35.9% (following 36-33 OT victory vs. Nebraska)
Game 4: 4.6% (following 34-23 loss at Cincinnati)
Game 5: 59.6% (following 29-24 loss at Florida State)
Game 6: 89.1% (following 30-20 victory vs. Virginia Tech)
Game 7: 54.3% (following 58-0 loss vs. Clemson)
Game 8: 82.7% (following 30-27 victory at Duke)
Game 9: 91.8% (following 27-21 victory vs. Virginia)
Game 10: 49.5% (following 59-21 loss at North Carolina)
Game 11: 63.4% (following 38-21 victory vs. Georgia Tech)
Game 12: 76.7% (following 29-24 victory at Pitt)
Game 13/Final: 20.1% (following 20-14 Sun Bowl loss to Washington State)
CSM year-by-year final season results: 2015--20.1% overall satisfaction (following 8-5 season); 2014--2.7% (6-7); 2013--16.1% (9-4); 2012--80.9% (7-5); 2011--22.1% (6-6); 2010--4.2% (7-6); 2009--41.7% (9-4).
SUN BOWL: WASHINGTON STATE 20, HURRICANES 14: Postgame thoughts: A disappointing bowl result for Miami, considering the Canes were mere 2 1/2-point underdogs and felt confident they could end the school's bowl victory drought. Instead Miami falls to a sixth consecutive bowl loss today dating to UM's last postseason win in 2006, beaten by Washington State 20-14 in an unexpectedly low-scoring Sun Bowl. The game was played in dreary, rainy, chilly and then snowy conditions in El Paso, Tex. -- weather that certainly did not help UM's cause. The Canes tied it 7-7 in first quarter on Brad Kaaya's 4-yard scoring pass to Stacy Coley, but did not score again until the fourth quarter on Mark Walton's 5-yard run. The loss mostly was disappointing because it so easily could have/should have been a 21-20 comeback victory. UM had a tying/go-ahead late TD negated by a penalty. Miami then got the ball back for another chance inside Cougars territory but Joe Yearby threw an interception on a trick play. (Brave-daring call if it works, dumb-daring if it doesn't). Miami finishes the season 8-5, including 4-2 under interim coach Larry Scott after Al Golden's firing. New coach Mark Richt now formally takes the reins moving forward. ..... Original post: New Canes coach Mark Richt will be watching from afar, evaluating, as Miami attempts to finish only its third nine-win season since 2005. I like that Richt has deferred control today to interim coach Larry Scott. Classy. But I digress. The Hurricanes and Washington State Cougars both are 8-4 entering today's 2 p.m. Sun Bowl in El Paso, Tex. near the Mexico border, and both are looking to end long bowl droughts. Miami has lost five straight bowls since last winning one in 2006. Washington State last won a bowl game in 2003. The Cougars are slight (2 1/2 point) favorites and one reason might be that Pac-12 coach of the year Mike Leach vs. Scott seems a mismatch. Leach is someone Miami has liked and pursued for previous openings. UM is 4-1 under Scott since Al Golden's firing, though. The Canes like Scott and play for hard for him. The bigger reason the Cougars are favored is named Luke Falk. He is W-State's quarterback and he's been pretty much unstoppable, with 418 completions in 591 attempts for 4,266 yards, 36 TDs and only eight interceptions. UM's secondary better be rested and ready for what could be a shootout. Miami's strategy should be to pound the ball on the ground with Joe Yearby. This will take advantage of a W-State run defense allowing 200 yards per game, and also will serve to keep Falk off the field. This may very well be a home-pick by me, but I have a feeling the Canes will be very motivated to send Scott off a winner. I also think UM's pass defense is pretty good and will intercept Falk at least once. My pick: Hurricanes, 34-31.
Poll result: UM football, Heat, Panthers inspiring most optimism: We asked which of South Florida's Big 5 teams is inspiring the most confidence and closest to being really good, and Hurricanes football won with 44.6 percent. The Heat (32.0%) and Florida Panthers (19.4%) also had strong support. Trailing badly: Dolphins (2.1%) and Marlins (1.9%).
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