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G6: Virginia at No. 11 Hurricanes: Welcome to the 'No-Stumble Zone.' Our preview and pick; plus NFL Week 7 picks, Dolphins' thrill-ride bye week; FIU takes embarrassing home loss; our column on Tua Time; latest Greg Cote Show podcast & more

GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND

1) It's SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24. Happy weekend, all! 2) The Greg Cote Show podcast is now separately on Twitter and Instagram. Join us on both! 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Dolphins QB change is risky timing but right move, Suddenly great time to be Miami sports fans, NFL Week 6 Pix 'n Fantasy results, Greg Cote Show podcast Episode 33 & more. 4) Join me on Twitter and Instagram.

Our most recent columns: On Dolphins' QB change and fun time in Miami sports: Dolphins Turning to Tua Now Is Risky -- But Right Move and Heat, Marlins, Canes -- now Tua. Miserable 2020 Suddenly Great Time To Be Miami Fan.

VamiaG6: VIRGINIA (1-3) AT NO. 11 HURRICANES (4-1): FAVORED MIAMI IN 'NO STUMBLE ZONE' VS. CAVALIERS: 'No Stumble Zone' means UM will have a fighting chance to reach the ACC Championship Game if it runs the table from here and does not take a second conference loss. That is because Clemson and Notre Dame, the only unbeaten ACC teams, play each other Nov. 7 in South Bend. But a second league loss would severely damage Canes hopes. Virginia, tonight's 8 o'clock opponent at Hard Rock Stadium, should not be a problem, and yet Miami is but a 12 1/2-point favorite -- a rather modest line for a No. 11 team at home vs. a 1-3 visitor. That could be because Cavaliers-Canes has been tight recently. Miami won at home last season 17-9, and lost the year before on the road 16-13. Miami may be without injured tight end Brevin Jordan (shoulder) again, but also could catch a break by not facing the opponent's starting quarterback for a second straight game. UVA's Brennan Armstrong (concussion) was uncertain to be available. Virginia averages almost 50 passes a game, so missing it starter would really hurt. For Miami, as with last week's game vs. Pitt, this is a should-beat opponent but hardly one to be taken casually. Or looked past -- with three ranked opponents in the five games left after this. 'No Stumble Zone,' remember? My pick: Hurricanes 30-16.

Other state FBS games this week:

ButchJacksonville State 19, @ FIU 10: Ouch. This hurts. Bad. Panthers were favored by 10 12 Friday night over their FCS-level foe from Alabama but FIU's offense was dominated. It's been a miserable season so far from coach Butch Davis (pictured). Off the field, he's seen three games postponed by COVID issues. On the field, he can't find a quarterback who's able and just fell to 0-3. ESPN's Football Power Index had put FIU's win likelihood at 80.2 percent. This was an embarrassing home defeat.

Tulsa 42, @South Florida 13: Tulsa was favored by 10 and rolled big Friday to sink the sad Bulls to 1-5.

Florida State (2-3) at Louisville (1-4), noon Saturday: Cardinals a 5-point home fave. But which FSU team will show up? 

Tulane (2-3) at UCF (2-2), 2 Saturday: Knights a 19-point pick with a sky-high over-under of (!) 72.

FAU (1-0) at No. 22 Marshall (4-0), 2:30 Saturday: Visiting Owls are 16-point 'dogs in only second game of season.

Off this week: No. 10 Florida (2-1).

CoteshowGREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: EPISODE 33 OUT NOW!: Our Miami Herald podcast debuted in March and the new Episode 33 is out now! A new pod drops every Monday morning on Apple, Spotify, Google, Stitcher, Megaphone, iHeart -- wherever you pod, and of course at MiamiHerald.com. Find all 33 we've done so far RIGHT HERE for free. Please listen, subscribe, rate and review. In new Ep33, 'Growing Up Cote II,' we welcome back my older brother for Uncle Dick 2.0. He makes fun of explains the phenomenon of PFPI and the PFPI Gala, shares how Greg is so odd on a golf course, and reveals what he really thinks about how Dan Le Batard treats his little brother on the air. Also, Greg and Chris chat up Tua's long-awaited Dolphins debut. A new Mount Gregmore, too -- the P's. Hear all that and more on the new Greg Cote Show podcast!

PicksOUR NFL WEEK 7 PICKS: STEELERS-TITANS UNBEATEN BOWL, 3 UPSETS, DOLPHINS' THRILL-RIDE BYE WEEK: The Week 7 picks marquee is topped by our call on the Steelers-Titans battle of 5-0 teams, along with three upsets including one major one. We also delve into the Dolphins' anything-but-quiet-and-tranquil bye week. This is our 30th season of NFL picks in the Miami Herald, and thanks for joining us on the ride! For our Week 7 previews and picks for our Game of the Week, Upset of the Week and all the rest of the 14-game slate, visit NFL Week 7 Gems. Our week got off to a mixed start Thursday night. We rightly called the Eagles win over the Giants, but thought Birds would also cover the 4 1/2-point line and they let us down on that. Our picks appear Thursday afternoons every week online, and Fridays in print. (Thursday night picks appear Wednesdays online and Thursdays in print).

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THE ARCHIVES:

Heat NBA Finals columns: Game 6--LeBron Reigns, But Credit Heat For Unexpected Run to Finals. Game 5--They're Alive! Butler, Heat Beat Lakers, Get to Game 6 In NBA FInals. Game 4--Lakers in 3-1 Command in NBA Finals, But Don't Write Off Heat Yet. Game 3--Jimmy Butler's 40 Gives Heat New Life in NBA Finals. Game 2--NBA Finals Slipping Away As Heat Lose Again. Game 1-- Riley Wants Heat to Beat LeBron So Bad, But Opening Loss a Reality Check.

Marlins postseason run columns: NLDS Game 3--Marlins Season Was A Miracle But Way It Ended Is Lesson On Work Still Ahead. Game 2--Marlins Fall Again, Join Heat On Brink Of Elimination. Game 1--Braves Homers, Bullpen Collapse Bury Marlins in NLDS Game 1. Columns from two wins over Cubs in wild-card round: Miracle Marlins Advance in NL Playoffs and Seventeen Years Out of Playoffs, Marlins Return in Style.

Other most recent columns: COVID-Decimated and 30,000-to-1 Odds, Miami Marlins Are a Sports Miracle For the Ages / Canes Score Biggest Rout Of FSU in 44 Years. Soon, We Find Out How Good UM Really Is / Heat Wins East, Reaches NBA Finals Vs. LeBron / and We All Want Dolphins to Unveil Tua, But Appreciate the Ryan Fitzpatrick We Just Saw.

Football special-section columns: TUA TAGOVAILOA IS DOLPHINS' SAVIOR SENT TO BRING NEW GLORY ... IF PROPHECY IS TRUE  /  WHO'S SUPER BOWL-BOUND? WHERE DO FINS FALL? OUR 2020 NFL-IN-A-PANDEMIC TEAM RANKINGS  /  and FOR MIAMI & AMERICA, HERE COMES A COLLEGE FOOTBALL SEASON WE'LL NEVER FORGET

Select other recent columns: 'If I Die, I Die.' QB Cousins' Shamefully Cavalier Attitude On Pandemic / Boycott Of NBA Playoffs Shows Nation That Injustice Is Bigger Than Sports Right Now / Having Fans at Dolphins, Canes Games A Bad Idea And Big Risk / For Marlins, A Home Opener -- And First Place -- In Mid-August / As Panthers Move on From Tallon, Who's Next Miami Team Executive on Hot Seat? / 'Perfect Storm For Virus Transmission': Why Football Is Struggling to Lift Off / Marlins Delaying Home Opener For COVID Outbreak a Scary Lesson For All Sports / Don Shula, 1930-2020, R.I.P. / What Shula Meant to a Father & Son. They Boy Was Me / It Took George Floyd To Finally Wake Up White America / Goodell's NFL Response to Floyd Killing Is Hypocrisy At Its Most Ironic / and George Floyd Is Why Kaepernick & Sports Must Continue Fight For Social Justice

Revisit this blog often because it is updated regularly. The Associated Press Sports Editors writing awards ranked the blog's author a Top 10 national sports columnist in the major-outlet category. Greg is also a regular on the Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz on ESPN Radio. Finding Greg: TwitterInstagramFacebookColumnsPodcastPodcast on TwitterPodcast on InstagramLeBatard Show. Book: Fins At 50. Songs: Letting Go (audio) and The Ballad Of 1440 (video).

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