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Find our UM postgame thoughts directly below the latest CSM poll, and our new Hot Button Top 10 at the bottom of this post.
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G6: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 3.3 percent overall satisfaction -- a season low -- in the wake of Saturday night's 28-17 loss at Georgia Tech putting UM's season record at 3-3 overall and 1-2 in ACC play. The CSM, in its sixth 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, season as a whole, program's direction and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that wwas around 9 a.m. today/Monday.
2014 CSM results
G1: 6.7% (following 31-13 loss at Louisville)
G2: 35.9% (following 41-7 victory vs. Florida A&M)
G3: 71.8% (following 41-20 victory vs. Arkansas State)
G4: 11.6% (following 41-31 loss at Nebraska)
G5: 73.3% (following 22-10 victory vs. Duke)
G6: 3.3% (following 28-17 loss at Georgia Tech)
Next poll: Oct. 11 (following game vs. Cincinnati)
G6: GEORGIA TECH 28, HURRICANES 17: Miami falls to 3-3 and host Tech skies to 5-0 on a night that saw too little from the Canes on both run defense and offense. G-Tech ran 72 plays to UM's 44 and more than doubled the Canes in time of possession, while steamrolling for 311 rushing yards and converting 9 of 14 third downs. UM didn't help itself with two Brad Kaaya interceptions. Hurricanes led 14-7 at one point and thereafter got very little done. A disappointing night in what -- right now -- seems pointed to a disappointing season for coach Al Golden and the Canes. ..... Original post: Miami handled the Yellow Jackets 45-30 down here last year, but the Bees lead the series 8-4 in Atlanta. Tonight's 7:30 duel is an ACC Coastal game, so it's that much bigger. It's also all but a pick-'em game, with Miami favored by a scant 1 point. I think that is because G-Tech padded its record with wins over three flyweights to start the year before a notable victory at Virginia Tech. That result and the fact the Jackets are home and coming off a bye make me a bit surprised UM is not an underdog here. The reason to like The U tonight: Miami brings a big offense, and Brad Kaaya and Duke Johnson should be salivating to play a defense that gave up 38 points and 528 yards to Georgia Southern. The reason a Canes fan might be worried: Remember how Miami's run defense got obliterated by Nebraska? Well, GT's option attack has averaged 292 run-yards per game, 11th in the nation, so Mark D'Onofrio's guys had better be doing a lot better in Atlanta than they were in Lincoln. I can see this game going either way. (Surprisingly I don't feel like that about a lot of games). Bottom line, though: I trust Kid Kaaya and The Duke here to outscore both the opponent and their own defense's shortcomings. My pick: Miami, 38-31.
Other Collball Week 6 state FBS games:
Florida 10, Tennessee 9: Good day to be a Gator fan. You got a road win, and you got rid of Jeff Driskel. UF now 3-1 and Tennessee 2-3 with a 10th straight Florida win in series. The pressure was really on coach Will Muschamp and QB Driskel, because Gator Nation is turning into Hater Nation for those two, and The Swamp is beginning to boil. Driskel was horrid -- 11-for-23, 59 yards, three INTs -- before being benched for Treon Harris. Big defense and 10 fourth-quarter points were enough to win despite Driskel. I had a gut feeling Florida might quiet Neyland with a much-needed upset, but then again I thought that might be osmosis from my knowing too many so many UF alums.
No. 1 Florida State 43, Wake Forest 3: College Football Playoff is blowing up. Oregon loses, now, today, Alabama. At least FSU did its business. Noles now 5-0, Wake 2-4. Point spread was a ridiculous 38. I pictured FSU covering to the tune of 48-3 or something, so had it close. No way to pretend this game would be competitive even briefly. And the Seminoles -- still on top of the main AP poll but losing first-place votes and belief -- seriously needed a big, voters-impressing, lopsided win. This worked.
FIU 38, FAU 10: Miami's Golden Panthers over Boca Raton's Owls in the 13th Shula Bowl, on a weather-ravaged Thursday night, thanks to big defense. FIU now 3-3 overall and 2-0 in Conference USA; FAU 2-4, 1-1. (See previous blogpost for a fuller report on the game).
Also: UCF def. Houston 17-12 on Thursday night. Off this week: USF.
Poll result: Heat expectations are realistically modest: We asked in previous blogpost how far you realistically expect the post-LeBron Heat to advance in this season's playoffs, and a plurality of 37.7 percent said conference semifinals. Another 31.0% said conference finals, 17.2% said first round and 14.1 said NBA Finals. The results strike me as realistic.
HOT BUTTON: TOP 10 THINGS SOUTH FLORIDA SPORTS FANS ARE TALKING ABOUT: Our Random Evidence Sunday notes-column package has returned in print from summer hiatus (click HERE for today's latest edition), but due to semi-popular demand an updated, expanded Hot Button continues as an exclusive Sunday feature of the blog. Hot Button means what's on our minds as the sports week just past pivots to the week ahead:
1. Hurricanes: D'Oh-no-frio! UM defense gets run over again: Canes defensive chief Mark D'Onofrio is in trouble with fans again after Miami (now 3-3) yielded 311 ground yards in Saturday night's 28-17 loss at Georgia Tech. Combined distance Nebraska and G-Tech ran on UM would circle the globe 2.4 times.
2. College football: Saturday shockers shatter playoff picture: Oregon, Alabama and Oklahama, ranked 2-3-4, all lost this weekend to throw into upheavel the first College Football Playoff picture, leaving the four-team outlook as Florida State, then Question Mark & The Mysterians. Anything is possible now. Dream big, FIU! OK maybe not but you get my point.
3. Heat: Preseason underway; six days 'til LeBron: The new reality introduced itself last night as Miami lost its preseason opener to New Orleans Pelicans. Team makes home debut Tuesday vs. Orlando but circled date is next Saturday vs. LeBron James and Cleveland in Rio de Janeiro. How funny would it be if LeBron was "resting" and didn't play?
4. MLB playoffs: Three of four division series are 2-0: With postseason play resuming Sunday only Cards-Dodgers are tied 1-1, with Orioles, Royals and Giants all enjoying 2-0 leads in the best-of-five ALDS and NLDS. Well, looks like at least the AL will give us a Cinderella.
5. Panthers: Bad preseason, now real games here: Florida last night completed a 0-6 preseason under new coach Gerard Gallant. The good news: Maybe Cats are saving all their wins for the regular season? That starts Thursday at Tampa, then Saturday at home vs. New Jersey, ready or not.
6. Dolphins: Bye week. Rest up, defensive backs: The win in Londond was nice, but Oakland is, like, a CFL team. Actual NFL opponents are on deck with Green Bay here next Sunday, then at Chicago. Aaron Rodgers, then Jay Cutler. Sleep easy today, Fins DBs. Your nightmare s are coming.
7. Marlins: Games done, but Fish have good week: Jose Fernandez threw a baseball for the first time since surgery, the team extended manager Mike Redmond’s contract and said it would soon offer a long-term deal to Giancarlo Stanton. That’s a better week than any the Marlins had playing this year.
10. Michael Phelps: Olympic champ in trouble again: On the comeback trial, Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps was arrested for DUI, his second such offense. He also has been photographed with a bong. Much more off-field embarrassment and Michael will be ready for the NFL.
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