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Sparano needs miracle; might Canes also need one to keep Golden? (with poll); plus Wrangler, Favre rip off The U & more

[Belated apologies for my skipping today's regularly scheduled live chat without notice. My bad. Got caught up working ahead in order to take Thanksgiving off and the chat slipped between the cracks. Sorry, again. We'll get back doing it next Wednesday as usual. Meantime join us on Twitter @gregcote]

AS THE COACHES TURN: ON SPARANO, GOLDEN: I wrote in Tuesday's column it would likely take the Dolphins 1aa1alpsurunning the table, finishing 9-7 and making the playoffs to save coach Tony Sparano's job. Click on Do You Believe In Miracles? for that column. Today I tackle the far less definite, more nuanced coaching situation slowly playing out with the Canes and Al Golden. Click on I Believe... for that column. Golden publicly pledges allegiance to the job he has -- and did so again Tuesday, if not quite unequivocally. Should we believe him? Speculation swirls that his alma mater, Penn State, desires him to be the white knight who rides in to replace Joe Paterno and remake the school's battered name. Just this week a respected website, SportsByBrooks (a site especially involved in college football), Tweeted: "Al Golden to PSU is not opinion. What I've been told. Stay tuned." Doesn't mean that is accurate or that Golden will leave, but I also think it's naive to discount the possibility. Golden stated Tuesday on an ACC conference call, when asked: "I believe I'm going to be the head coach at Miami in 2012, that's correct." The "I believe" waters that down. In any case we have learned, from Butch Davis to Nick Saban and in between, that what a coach says now and does later can be two very different things. Curious your level of concern on UM losing Golden. That's why I tacked this poll up on the blog corkboard! Vote and say why.

TD STREAK BY EX-CANES ENDS: The remarkable record streak of 149 straight NFL game-weeks with at least one touchdown by a former Miami Hurricane finally has ended. It began in 2002. Here is all you need to know to know the record never will be broken: The longest active TD streak now is 13 straight weeks by former Pitt Panthers.

BRETT FAVRE, WRANGLER RIP OFF THE U!: A new Wrangler jeans advertisement with Brett Favre promotes what it calls a U-shaped "comfort zone" and ends with Favre proclaiming,, "It's all about the U." I take it the Hurricanes have not patented the phrase. If they have, call the lawyers!

ME, PICKS: Fairly solid last week at an OK 9-5 overall and an above-water 7-5-2 (Ravens and Falcons pushed) against the spread. But oh that one abysmal, embarrassing, what-was-I-thinking pick, and it happened to be Bills over Dolphins. Oy. Details on this week's Friday Page.   

ME, FANTASY: Greg's Lobos stink. Fell to 3-8 with a sixth straight loss, 141-115, and will need a miracle to sneak into my fantasy playoffs. Got 29 points from Aaron Rodgers and 21 from Maurice Jones-Drew, but only 15 combined from Greg Jennings, Hakeem Nicks and Jermichael Finley. My son says my having Rodgers but still being bad is an indictment of my drafting. He may be right.    

COTE'S STATE OF THE STATE: Our latest updated weekly ranking of the seven FBS teams in our state, with previous week's rank in parentheses. Entering collball Week 13:

1aa1fla1. FSU Seminoles (1) 7-4, 5-3 ACC

2. Miami Hurricanes (2) 6-5, 3-4 ACC

3. Florida Gators (3) 6-5, 3-5 SEC 

4. S. Fla. Bulls (4) 5-5, 1-4 Big East

5. FIU Panthers 7-4, 4-3 Big East (6)

6. C. Fla. Knights (5) 4-7, 2-5 C-USA

7. FAU Owls (7) 0-10, 0-7 Sun Belt

THE REAL T-30: The Real T-30 is our weekly cumulative, consensus Top 30 college football ranking based on a season-long combination of the three major polls: Associated Press, USA Today, ESPN. Points based on 30 for a No. 1 ranking, 29 for No. 2, etc. The aggregate ranking entering Week 13:

Rank   Team   Points   (Last week)

1   Louisiana State   1,145   (1)

2   Alabama   1,113   (2)

3   Oklahoma   1,049   (3)

4   Stanford   999   5)

5   Boise State   993   (4)

6   Oklahoma State   991   (6)

7   Arkansas   910   (7)

8   Oregon   888   (8)

9   Wisconsin   836   (9)

10   Virginia Tech   717   (12)

11   South Carolina   693   (11)

12   Nebraska   692   (10)

13   Clemson   598   (13)

14   Michigan State   551   (14)

15   Texas A&M   457   (15)

16   Michigan   443   (16)

17   Houston   387   (19)   

18   FLORIDA STATE   375   (17)

19   West Virginia   372   (18)

20   Kansas State   359   (20)

21   Texas   307   (21)

22   Georgia Tech   302   (22)

23   Georgia   276   (26)

24   Penn State   264   (25)

25   FLORIDA   262   (23)

26   Texas Christian   247   (28)

27t   Baylor   244   (27)

27t   Arizona State   244   (24)

29   Auburn   209   (29)

30   Southern Cal   198   (32)

33   SOUTH FLORIDA   144   (33)

43   MIAMI   13   (41)

47t   CENTRAL FLORIDA   7   (44t)

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