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October 05, 2013

Canesfan Satisfaction Meter: 95.8%; plus UM rolls past Ga-Tech, leads perfect 7-0 Saturday by state FBS teams

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UM-Georgia Tech game summary and rest of Collball Week 6 roundup (FIU won!) is right here immediately below the new poll...


CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G5: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 95.8 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday's 45-30 home win over Georgia Tech putting 14th-ranked Miami's record at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in the ACC. The sub-group calling themselves "very" satisfied holds solid at 60.4%. 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, the season as a whole, the 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 9:15 a.m. today/Monday.

2013 Canesfan Satisfaction Meter

G1: 82.9 percent (19.9 very, 63.0 somewhat) following 34-6 victory vs. Florida Atlantic.

G2: 96.7 percent (71.2 very, 25.5 somewhat) following 21-16 victory vs. Florida.

G3: 95.7 percent (77.2 very, 18.5 somewhat) following 77-7 victory vs. Savannah State.

G4: 97.6 percent (67.9 very, 29.7 somewhat) following 49-21 victory at South Florida.

G5: 95.8 percent (60.4 very, 35.4 somewhat) following 45-30 victory vs. Georgia Tech.

Next poll: Oct. 17 following game at North Carolina.

G5: NO. 14 HURRICANES 45, GEORGIA TECH 30: There are the gaudy stats to get to first. Like 551 yards in total offense. Like Stephen Morris throwing for three touchdowns and more than 300 yards. Like Duke Johnson rushing for almost 200 yards. But this game turned on one play and one play only. Georgia Tech led 17-3 and was driving deep in UM territory -- threatening 24-7 -- when the Canes forced and recovered a fumble. And everything changed. One play. One huge win. Miami went on to score 38 of the game's next 44 points before Tech scored a meaningless TD in the closing seconds. The Top 10 could be close for Miami. And that Nov. 2 game at FSU sets up as special to say the least. Original post: Miami has been coasting the past three weeks -- a bye, then Savannah State, then South Florida -- so this ACC opener will be UM's first real test since the huge 1aa1canes5 1aa1canesgtwin over the Florida Gators. Coaches usually say, "Don't take this team lightly." Here, Al Golden should be saying, "Please take this team heavily." Will UM be up to the rigors of a sharp uprade in competition? I think so. Besides, G-Tech is a team Miami should beat. The visitors' once-vaunted triple-option running attack will be solved by a much-improved Canes defense, and the Jackets Amarillo have little else to offer in terms of awful QB Vad Lee. (Sorry, kid, but is it my fault your folks named you "Vad"?) Miami took overtime to win in Atlanta last year, 42-36, but Canes are better; not sure Tech is. I see this game as competititve, but also a way for UM to assert itsef in a way it hasn't been able to since the Gator bashing. Aside to Stephen Morris: Stay upright. My pick was: Miami, 34-20.

Other Week 6 state FBS games:

No. 8 Florida State 63, No. 25 Maryland 0: This shows what can be the disparity in ranked teams. I said Turtles had flaws and that Jameis Winson would take advantage. But I never imagined this. Winston had 393 passing yards, five TD throws, and Noles look like a bigger roadblock than ever to Miami's ACC title hopes. My pick was: FSU, 37-20.

FAU 37, UAB 23: Didn't think Alabama-Birmingham was any better than my low-flying Owls, but they were home. I underestimated the Owls and QB Jacquez Johnson, who had 404 yards in total offense. Hooot! My pick was: UAB, 27-24.

1aa1jakemedFIU 24, Southern Mississippi 23: An abysmal and nearly epic battle of 0-4 teams. Who would be worse? I hunched a healthy Jake Medlock (pictured) would get Panthers off the schneid. I was wrong about Medlock having a big role but was right on the pick -- and almost on the exact score -- thanks to a partially blocked USM field goal try in closing seconds. FIU unleashed one Silas Spearman III for 136 yards rushing and two TDs. Spearmans I and II must be proud. My pick was: Upset. FIU, 26-23.

UCF 24, Memphis 17: Knights lost a tough one to ranked South Carolina last week and were out to spank a spankable team, but had to rally for a modest win. My pick was: UCF, 27-17.

No. 18 Florida 30, Arkansas 10: Gators had beaten Hogs eight straight times and I thought they should here, too, though I saw it closer. My pick was: Florida, 27-24.

USF 26, Cincinnati 20: The South Florida Bulls are "dirty," said the Canes. They were also lousy.  This was an upset I definitely did not see coming. My pick was: Cincinnati 45-13.

Other Week 6 national Top 25 matchups:

No. 25 Maryland @ No. 8 FSU (see above).

No. 4 Ohio State 40, No. 16 Northwestern 30: ESPN College GameDay was here. Must be big! Buckeyes had won 28 of past 29 in series. More important, they're better. My pick was: OSU, 27-24.

No. 5 Stanford 31, No. 15 Washington 28: Stanford lost bitterly at Huskies 17-13 last year. Didn't think it would happen again. My pick was: Stanford, 31-24.

My record: This week, 8-1; season, 36-8.

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