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CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G2: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 35.9 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Saturday night's home-opening 41-7 UM victory over Florida A&M evening Miami's record at 1-1. The CSM polls, in their sixth season, 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, 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 9:30 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)
Next poll: Sept. 13 (following game vs. Arkansas State)
G2: HURRICANES 41, FLORIDA A&M 7: WELL-TIMED MEDICINE FOR UM: NFL coaches must envy college coaches in at least one area, right? Games like this. I mean, Joe Philbin gets zero breaks on his schedule. No automatic wins, nothing easy. Then he looks across town and
sees Al Golden and UM preparing for a 7 p.m. home debut against a smaller-school FAMU that lost its opener, went 3-9 last year and last had a winning season in 2011. Rattlers have a great marching band. The team, not so great. A&M arrives well-timed for a Canes squad reeling from Monday's 31-13 loss at Louisville, a we're-not-there-yet slap in the face that had UM fans voicing increasing impatience with Golden. Beating an opponent like tonight's doesn't win back disgruntled fans as much as hold them at bay. It's as must a must-win as any, though, because a loss here is, well, unfathomable. UM needs to not only win big but win impressively, and show remedy for some of the pitfalls from the opener. For sure, I'd expect a wide-open, stats-padding attack that finds freshman QB Brad Kaaya unshackled and going deep early and often. My pick was: Miami, 48-6.
FIU 34, Wagner 3: Who is Wagner? Anybody met him?: I kid. Wagner College is a small school (its stadium seats 3,300) from Staten Island, NY. More important, it arrives -- like FAMU does for Miami -- as what should be and better be a well-timed, certain 'W' for the home team. Game starts at 6. If by just past 9 the Golden Panthers are not celebrating, the program will have found a new nadir. This has been a notable week of smart decisions by FIU, a week of fence-mending. The school announced it will resume playing UM in football in 2018 to end an 11-year frost, and FIU also ended its silly little feud with the Miami Herald. Only thing left undone on the football to-do list: Win. I write about all this in today's latest column; click on Image Repair to read. Beating Wagner would end a big week with a small step in the right direction.
Other Collball Week 2 state FBS games: No. 2 Alabama def. FAU, 41-0; Maryland def. South Florida, 24-17; Florida def. Eastern Michigan, 65-0; and No. 1 Florida State def. Citadel, 37-12. Off--UCF.
Poll result: Seahawks will repeat, will repeat: We offered you this year's consensus five likeliest Super Bowl winners, and you made it Seahawks with 42.0 percent, Broncos 23.9%, Patriots 15.0%, Saints 11.5% and 49ers 7.6%. I'd note that Seattle's lead over Denver was narrow early but exploded with the impressive Thursday performance.
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