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CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G12: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 1.8 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 35-23 loss to visiting Pittsburgh putting UM's final regular season record at 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the ACC. That's a record low approval rating and includes 92.8% calling themselves "very dissatisfied." (This is not the final CSM; we'll have a last one after the bowl game). 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 was 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)
G7: 29.6% (following 55-34 victory vs. Cincinnati)
G8: 80.4% (following 30-6 victory at Virginia Tech)
G9: 92.9% (following 47-20 victory vs. North Carolina)
G10: 47.6% (following 30-26 loss vs. Florida State)
G11: 3.9% (following 30-13 loss at Virginia)
G12: 1.8% (following 35-23 loss vs. Pittsburgh)
Next poll: TBA (following bowl game)
G12: PITTSBURGH 35, HURRICANES 23: RUN DEFENSE LETS DOWN UM AGAIN: This will only embolden the already sizable anti-Al Golden crowd. Miami tonight loses a third straight game to end its regular season 6-6 and make the coming bowl game all but an afterthought. UM's run defense beaten for 226 yards by Pitt. Miami led in total yards 421-360 but never led where it counts: On the scoreboard. The biggest disappointment to me? That the Canes ended the saeson with its two worst, least excusable losses: At Virginia, and now home against pitt. Original post: All about the running, for and against, as Hurricanes wrap the regular season tonight at 7 vs. visiting Pitt Panthers. Duke Johnson is 34 yards from surpassing Ottis Anderson's long-standing UM career mark. But run defense will be the key for Miami, as Pitt has averaged 306 rushing yards over its past three games. Panthers top RB James Conner actually has 169 more yards than the Duke Of Gables this season. UM will catch a break if Connor (questionable, hip) does not play. Miami is 0-4 when outrushed by the opponent so if the Canes bring the run-defense that got crushed by Nebraska and Georgia Tech, it may well lose. Pitt needs a win to be bowl-eligible. UM must win not only to ehnace its bowl prospects but to hold the anti-Al Golden critics at bay in what has been a largely disappointing season. Canes are 5-1 at home, although all five of its losses have been in night games. Miami also heavily owns the series edge with eight straight wins over Pitt, which last beat the Canes in Miami in George Mira's 1963. Denzel Perryman and 18 other seniors will be honored tonight, giving Canes an added emotional edge. My pick: Hurricanes, 30-17.
Other Collball Week 14 state FBS games:
Old Dominion 31, FAU 28: Owls in the home nest trying to finish a forgettable season on the upbeat, but instead falling to slight underdog O.D., ending FAU's season at 3-9.
No. 3 Florida State 24, Florida 19: [Click on Respect Due for my column from Tallahassee on today's UF-FSU game]. With due respect to the Canes, this was the big game in the state today. By a lot. I was up in Tally columnizing from the stadium as the Gators brought to the rivalry not only the desire to knock the Seminoles out of the College Football Playoff, but also the added motivation to give outgoing coach Will Muschamp a win in his final game. Didn't happen. FSU has now won 28 games in a row. Jameis Winston was bad tonight (four INTs), but defense and RB Dalvin Cook carried the Noles. I correctly saw FSU finishing and winning because it is what they do, but the prospect of a season-altering upset was real and made the game riveting.
Also: UCF def. South Florida, 16-0, on Friday. Off this week: FIU season complete.
Poll result: Most Dolfans want Ray Rice, despite it all: The ex-Ravens running back involved in the domestic abuse controversy won his appeal and is free to sign with any team. We asked if you thought the Dolphins should sign him and it was 54.6 percent yes and 39.6% no, with the other 5.8% undecided.
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