1) It's SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30. Farewell, November. Hope y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are enjoying a great holiday weekend! poll. 2) Check out our Miami Dolphins book, 'Fins At 50,' on Amazon. It's a great gift for the Dolfans in your life. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Stunning upset of Canes was big for FIU but bigger for Butch Davis with column, NFL Week 12 Pix 'n Fantasy results, updated Herald NFL QB rankings & more. 4) Join us on Twitter.com/gregcote. Also on Facebook and Instagram.x
Our most recent columns: Beating Canes Was Huge For FIU, But Even Bigger For Butch Davis. Also FIU's Historic, Magical Night A New Low For Canes / Le Batard Explains the Papi Mystery / If Jeter Doesn't Get In With Unanimous Vote -- Don't Blame Me! / and Draft Uncertainty Means Dolphins Need to Hedge Bets. His Name Is Kaepernick.
G12: @DUKE 27, HURRICANES 17: MIAMI ENDS 6-6 WITH ANOTHER DISAPPOINTING LOSS: Original post: Miami, after the epic embarrassment of that 30-24 loss to FIU at Marlins Park, tries at 3:30 today to end the regular season on an upswing at Duke. The Canes enter 6-5 and will sift through uninspiring bowl opportunities afterwards, although if it's after a loss for 6-6, why bother? UM had won three straight before the loss to FIU as a three-TD favorite deflated everything. Now, Miami is in the range of an 8- to 9 1/2-point favorite at 4-7 Duke, and should win, although, as we have seen at least three times this disappointing season, UM is not good enough to to take any opponent lightly, including this one. Look for The U to dominate defensively, although that what we said entering the FIU game, too. Also see Jarren Williams bounincg back at QB, although Duke brings a pretty strong edge pass rush and missing RB DeeJay Dallas to injury hurts. Another Canes loss would not surprise. Miami is not a team to be trusted. Still: Cote's pick: Hurricanes, 24-16. Vote in the new Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll online and directly below.
CANESFAN SATISFACTION METER: G12: 4.9%!: Results are certified in the latest of the Miami Herald’s Canes Satisfaction Meter postgame polls, and they show 4.9 percent approval -- the combination of "very" and "somewhat" satisfied votes -- in the wake of Saturday's 27-17 loss at Duke putting the Hurricanes' final regular season record at 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. That is a season-low plus rating. The percentage voting "very dissatisfied" was 90.96%. (This was not the season's final CSM poll. There will another one following the bowl game). The CSM 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, the season as a whole, the program’s direction and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Online voting determines the weekly verdict, which is final the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 9 a.m. today/Monday.
G1: 64.1% following 24-20 loss vs. Florida in Orlando.
G2: 15.7% following 28-25 loss at North Carolina.
G3: 83.0% following 63-0 victory vs. Bethune-Cookman.
G4: 8.5% following 17-12 victory vs. Central Michigan.
G5: 28.8% following 42-35 loss vs. Virginia Tech.
G6: 82.0% following 17-9 victory vs. Virginia.
G7: 11.3% following 28-21 OT loss vs. Georgia Tech.
G8: 61.0% following 16-12 victory at Pitt.
G9: 91.8% following 27-10 victory at Florida State.
G10: 95.2% following 52-27 victory vs. Louisville.
G11: 9.6% following 30-24 loss to FIU at Marlins Park.
G12: 4.9% following 27-17 loss at Duke.
Next/Final poll: TBD following bowl game.
Other state FBS games: UCF crushed South Florida 34-7 on Friday night. Today/Saturday: FIU at Marshall, noon; Southern Mississippi at FAU, 3:30; and Florida State at No. 11 Florida, 7:30. Notes: FIU all but assured a big road letdown after stunning Miami. Gators should handle 'Noles in Swamp with ease.
National games involving College Football Playoff top 4: No. 1-LSU vs. Texas A&M, 2-Ohio State at 13-Michigan, 3-Clemson at South Carolina and 4-Georgia at Georgia Tech. And in the wings, waiting and hoping: 5-Alabama at 15-Auburn.
BIG START ON THANKSGIVING. NOW IT'S DOLPHINS-EAGLES AND ALL OUR NFL WEEK 13 PICKS: Off our record-setting 2018 season we've had a solid 29th year of NFL picks thus far in the Miami Herald. Last week was 10-4 overall and an even 7-7 against the point spread. We called Jets’ upset of Oakland, and also had a trio of ‘dogs-with-points in covers by Giants, Bengals and Redskins. Bull’s-eyed the exact margin on Dolphins’ 17-point loss. Now we're off to a strong start to our Week 13 after going 2-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 ATS on Thanksgiving Day. Find those three full Thursday-game predix capsules here]. For all of our Week 13 picks, including Dolphins vs. Eagles, our Game of the Week, our Upset of the Week and all the rest, please visit the motherlode of prognostication that I like to call NFL Week 13 Gems.
Select other recent columns: Busch Stars In Emotional, Memorable End to Homestead's Championship Run / The Best Will Race For Title At Homestead. But Here Is What NASCAR Is Missing And Needs / After Not Winning Enough, Are The Dolphins Now Failing At Failing? / The Player Who Started the Glory Days in for Canes Football / Canes Lose Hoops Opener, But It's Fans Who Disappoint / Le Batard On Return To Air, Latest Event / Disgraced Ref Donaghy Opens Up About Game-Fix Scandal / Why Is NBA Doing Business With Human Rights-Violating China In First Place? / Riley Introduces Butler -- 'Cause the Heat Don't Tank / Why Dolphins, Even Epic-Bad, May be Closer to Major Turnaround Than Canes / Quit Whining! Yes Dolphins Are Tanking, And Yes They Should / Dolphins' Ross Cannot Be Surprised By Major Fallout Over Trump Fundraiser / Le Batard on Miami Radio Turmoil: 'We Were Evicted' / Buoniconti: Hall of Famer, But Even Greater Off the Field / It Is Megan Rapinoe's World Cup -- On And Off The Field / An Era Ends As Panthers' Luongo Retires / O.J. Can Tweet What He Wants, But How He's Seen Is Not Up To Him / Inter Miami Aiming High With Barca's Suarez / End The Illogical Shame and Honor Schnellenberger / Why Tiger's Masters Triumph Is About More Than Golf / Transgender-Athlete Firestorm A Necessary Debate / Across the Rio Grande to the PGA Tour / From Dark and Empty to Top Of the World: Dan Le Batard at 50.
APSE-HONORED WORK: The Associated Press Sports Editors 2018 writing awards ranked us a Top 10 national sports columnist in the major-outlet category. Thanks, APSE. Here are the five nominated columns that earned the honor: At Doral, an annual tradition since 1962 is replaced by silence, and by what's missing / Marlins' Jose Fernandez statue is divisive yet has a chance to serve a greater purpose /NFL has moral obligation to help Buonicontis and Kiicks while it limits future suffering / What led to El Clasico Miami began with Joe Robbie's unlikely, accidental love of soccer / With 59 home runs, Stanton still had a magic season. Just hope this wasn't goodbye.
Revisit our blog often because we update and add to our latest posts throughout the day.