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Find our Canes-North Carolina gamepost and postgame thoughts directly below the new CSM poll.
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G9: Results are certified in the latest Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 92.9 percent overall satisfaction -- a season high -- in the wake of Saturdays' 47-20 home victory over North Carolina putting UM's season record at 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the ACC. 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 8:45 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)
Next poll: Nov. 15 (following game vs. Florida State)
G9: HURRICANES 47, NORTH CAROLINA 20: Final: UM now a bowl-eligible 6-3 witha third straight win, and an easy one, 47-20. Duke Johnson had 226 total yards and three TDs, including a 90-yard run and 37-yard catch. And defense was solid, especially early, and throughout against the run. Al Golden's Canes are playing their best football of the year the past few weeks. ..... Halftime: What an a-- whuppin'! Miami at 30-6 leads 322-46 in total yards, Brad Kaaya has two TD passes, Duke Johnson has 172 yards rushing and two more scores, and the Canes defense is dominating. ..... Original post: The nation's eye will be on No. 3 Auburn and No. 4 Ole Miss playing today to knock each other off the College Football Playoff grid. South Florida's eye will be on this expected shootout at Dolphins stadium. A third straight win for Miami in today's 12:30 matinee would make the Canes bowl-eligible but, more important, keep The U alive for the ACC Coastal title and a shot at the conference championship. The Hurricanes are playing their best right now and should handle a Tar Heels squad that can score a bunch but plays pretty awful defense. This could be a WNBA score. UM will have more than Duke Johnson, Brad Kaaya and a better defense on its side. It will have emotion on a "Kelly Tough" homecoming day that honors ex-quarterback great Jim Kelly and also sees the Ring of Honor indiction of former defensive stalwarts Russell Maryland and the late Jerome Brown. To Kelly, the 1979-82 Cane, the Buffalo Bills might be his immediate family but The U is his extended family. The fact he has been battling cancer and other serious health issues adds emotion, but Kelly deserves honoring just for what he meant to Miami on the field. He engineered perhaps the biggest UM win ever at the time with a 17-14 upset of No. 1 Penn State on Oct. 31, 1981 -- a game that got the nation's attention. It was Kelly (and Lou Saban) who set the plate for Howard Schnellenberger and the '83 champs. If the emotion of the day carries onto the field, the Canes won't lose. My pick: Hurricanes, 41-27.
Other Collball Week 10 state FBS games:
No. 2 Florida State 42, Louisville 31: Jameis Winston and his maligned but resilient Seminoles overcame a 21-0 hole on road Thursday night to affirm their catbird seat (for now) in the first College Football playoff.
Rice 31, FIU 17: The G-Panthers, scrambling to get bowl-eligible, were 7-point home 'dogs but I gave them a big upset shot against half-cooked Rice. Oh well. FIU now 3-6.
Florida 38, No. 11 Georgia 20: Gators used to own The World's Largest Cocktail Party. Alas, Tim Tebow is long gone, the Swamp is drying and it looked like Bulldog time in the annual neutral-field game in Jax. Proud, hurting underdogs are always dangerous in a rivalry, and so UF was here, but I thought Dawgs by double digits was the safer bet. Wrong! A huge ground game with Kelvin Taylor and Matt Jones and big defense gave Florida (now 4-3) its season highlight. And maybe saved coach Will Muschamp's job?
Alabama-Birmingham 31, FAU 28: Owls and dangerous Jacquez Johnson were slight home faves but I rightly gave UAB a big chance. Late field goal sent The Atlantic to 3-6.
Also: UConn def. UCF, 37-29; and Houston def. South Florida, 27-3. Off this week: None.
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