G5: No. 13 Hurricanes handle Pitt, 31-19, behind King's 4 TD passes; plus NFL Week 6 picks: Dolphins-Stinkin' Jets and the rest; also, newest Greg Cote Show podcast featuring Uncle Dick, NFL Week 5 Pix 'n Fantasy results, recent columns & more
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G5: NO. 13 HURRICANES 31, PITT 19: KING's 4 TD THROWS, STRONG DEFENSE CARRY UM: I thought it would be a defense-first game that Pitt would cover as 13 1/2-point 'dogs. I was right as Miami improved to 4-1 and Panthers fell to 3-3. Neither team could run and both struggled on third down. D'Eriq King was uneven and threw two picks but also had four TD throws including scoring strikes of 35, 38 and 45 yards. This result will satisfy if not wow the pollsters. Original post: No. 3 Georgia at No. 2 Alabama is of course the game most college football fans will be watching Saturday. Pittsburgh at No. 13 Miami is on the ACC Network, so even most Canes fans in South Florida who want to watch may not be able to because their carrier does not have the ACC channel. In any case, this is a danger game for UM. Warning lights are flashing. The point spread favoring Miami was bet up from 10 1/2 to 13 1/2. Hmm. Did bettors all over the Canes here not see The U obliterated 42-17 by Clemson last week? Do they not know Pitt is two 1-point losses from being 5-0? This noon start does not look like an easy one for Miami -- especially if Hurricanes are in any sort of letdown mode after playing No. 1 Clemson, or take Pitt's Panthers lightly in the least. Clemson was able to dismantle UM's running game and uptempo offense last week. Pitt is not Clemson, but the panthers' D is very good -- including a nation-leading 25 sacks. QB D'Eriq King will need his legs for escape purposes unless Miami's O-line proves better in this matchup than I think it is. Pitt's run defense also will be a challenge for Cam'Ron Harris as he tries to bounce back from being shut down by Clemson. Figure Miami's defense will arise to win this in what I see as a fairly low-scoring game and one closer than the betting line. No ACC divisions in this weird pandemic season, just one conference, so the two teams with the best conference records will make the championship game. With Clemson, North Carolina and Notre Dame all unbeaten and top-five nationally, it could be tough for somebody else to get in. Miami will have a shot if its ACC loss count stay at one. A second conference loss could be crippling. Makes this a must-win in every sense but the literal one. My pick: Hurricanes, 24-17. [My column off last week's game: Canes Not 'Back' Yet, As Clemson Emphatically Proves Again].
Other state FBS games today:
South Florida (1-3) at Temple (0-1), noon: Home-nesting Owls were 11-point faves and rallied to beat a down Bulls squad, 39-37.
UCF (2-1) at Memphis (1-1), 3:30: Knights, a 3-point betting pick, are 13-0 in series but past three very competitive.
No. 5 North Carolina (3-0) at Florida State (1-3), 7:30: Hard to see Heels ranked this high and 13-point faves. Then you recall how FSU got obliterated by Canes.
Off this week: FAU (1-0). COVID-related postponements: LSU (1-2) at No. 10 Florida (2-1); and FIU (0-2) at Charlotte (1-2).
OUR NFL WEEK 6 PICKS: DOLPHINS-STINKIN' JETS AND ALL THE REST: Did you survive without a Thursday night game? Week 6 continues a season increasingly increasingly impacted by COVID, causing delayed and postponed games. It is why the Dolphins-Jets game Sunday was pushed back from 1 to 4. But our 30th season of NFL picks in the Miami Herald -- that's always reliably right on time, and we thank your for following along each week! Here are our Week 6 selections for Stinkin' Jets at Dolphins, for our Game of the Week, our Upset of the Week and all the rest of the 14-game slate. Hint on our big upset: An unbeaten teams falls. For all our latest game by game previews and picks visit NFL Week 6 Gems. Our picks appear Thursday afternoons every week online, and Fridays in print. (Thursday night picks appear Wednesdays online and Thursdays in print).
GREG COTE SHOW PODCAST: NEW EPISODE 32 OUT NOW!: Our Miami Herald podcast, The Greg Cote Show With Greg Cote, debuted in March and the new Episode 32 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 32 we've done so far RIGHT HERE for free. Please listen, subscribe, rate and review. In new Ep32, 'Growing Up Cote,' we welcome in my older brother, a.k.a. Uncle Dick, and share memories of me as a (strange) child. Dick and I are pictured, circa early '80s. Also, Greg and Chris discuss Dolphins' big win over Niners, Canes' crushing loss, and Heat. A new Mount Gregmore, too -- the O's. Hear all that and more on the new Greg Cote Show podcast!
Canes clobbered by Clemson ... yet again: My column off Saturday night's game: Canes Not 'Back' Yet, As Clemson Emphatically Proves Again.
Our 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.
Our 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.
NFL PIX 'N FANTASY: WEEK 5 RESULTS: NFL Pix--Big finish saves the week: We finished a solid 10-4 overall and 7-7 against the spread in Week 5 -- thanks to a big finish in the three prime-time games that ended the schedule. Sunday night we bull's-eyed Seahawks winning but Vikings covering; Monday night we rightly had Saints winning but Chargers covering; and Tuesday night we nailed our Upset of the Week with Titans (+8 1/2) beating Bills outright. "Aaawwwk!" Also called Panthers' upset win in Atlanta, and had Dolphins with the points vs. San Fran. Glad you're with us on our 30th season of picks in the Herald. Greg's Lobos: Another big win in fantasy!: Lobos won again to improve to 3-2 in PFPI Fantasy, our friends 'n family 10-team PPR league. We won 112-99 thanks to 26 points from the Ravens defense and a big 25 from Emmanuel Sanders Monday night. The bad news: Dak Prescott. My big-scoring QB is out injured for the season, a huge loss. I've got Kirk Cousins in the wings but have made waiver claim for Matthew Stafford. We're a 1-point loss from being 4-1 despite also still missing our top draft pick. Michael Thomas. With Thomas' high production back and a little luck replacing Dak, we should be OK.
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