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 8 years ago '04        #4921
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Sitting at 2-3 in early October, the Miami Hurricanes faced a fork in the road. Could this young team turn their season around, or was a repeat of last year in store - wheels falling off and another collapse in the making? Five wins later, not only are the Canes proving last year was a fluke - this squad is two wins from an ACC title game. Time for the fans to get on board and enjoy this ride.
The apologist in me wants to excuse Miami should they lose at Georgia Tech this Thursday.

Five straight is a hefty feat. Especially for such a freshman-heavy bunch. Should they stumble down the stretch, it'd almost be forgivable. This crew has proven they're not last year's squad. No one folded up the tent at 2-3. This is a team on a mission.

Low-scoring defensive battles. Grinding games out. Wearing down the opposition. Randy Shannon said he'd rid Miami of a loser's mentality that set in last year. Bring in kids from winning programs, accustomed to being the best and ready to get busy fixing a program.

It's working.

Miami is two games away from an ACC Championship berth and three away for their first BCS game in half a decade. Didn't seem possible five games into the season, but five later, the Canes control their fate for the first time in a long time.

Logic will mess with your head, telling you that young teams on five-game win streaks stumble somewhere, somehow. At some point they have to play down to their age. Don't they?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Georgia Tech is beatable and Miami has the motivation. Three straight losses and a crop of freshman who've made it their goal to get a senior class to their first BCS game. Those same seniors are winless against this week's opponent and this is their final shot at redemption.

Yet another milestone opportunity for a young team that keeps defying the odds.

Logic. It's the best way to look at the situation. But being objective isn't always the most fun. With a proven team, you 'expect' wins. BCS games are almost a gimmie. Recruiting isn't the hard sell it can be with a losing record.

A few down seasons took away my ability to cover this team with the occasional orange and green shades. I could throw more at the wall half a decade ago and it'd stick. Miami was a perennial top-five team. BCS games were commonplace. Losses were rare and unexpected. As a fan you could puff that chest out and the question wasn't "if" the Canes would win - it was by how much.

The landscape changed and fans had to face some harsh realities about the state of the U. Some kept their heads in the sand, riding a mindset that simply strapping on that helmet and employing some 'swagger' (in recent years, false bravado) would ensure victories.

Compare and contrast this year and last. 5-7 was rock bottom. Some called for it then, while others called for a worse season this year and predicted a certain head coach getting run out of town after year two.

Hardly the case.

Shannon finally has Miami right where he wants it. The players believe and the team is building on that momentum. A season has been saved and the best could best is yet to come. Whether that starts with a BCS game this year or the stage set to make a run in '09, remains to be seen.

The one many thought was the wrong guy at the right time, Shannon is proving he should've been a no-brainer hire for Miami. Played and coached under Jimmy Johnson. Spent time on Butch Davis' staff. Ran the defensive side of the ball during this decade's dominant run.

Randy knows Miami - the school and the city. He played as a Cane and was exactly the type of kid this program thrived on. Who better to send out in the recruiting trenches, looking for 'it's factor local kids with that built-in swagger. It's not an accident when a Sean Spence, Marcus Forston or Travis Benjamin just look like the 'fit' the Miami mold. Shannon is following the blueprint. It's a proven formula.

The young talent came to play. Besides proving their tomorrow's stars today, they've changed the culture and have rubbed off on upperclassmen in need of a gut check. Sam Shields, Glenn Cook and Anthony Redd*ck all look reborn, after looking replaceable earlier this season.

Reggie Youngblood gave up the chance at a mid-season medical redshirt to play out his senior year because he believes his younger teammates will send this senior class off with that BCS berth.

These Canes are rising and if they believe, so can the fans. Tap into your emotions and enjoy what this team is doing. This isn't the same Miami squad you saw back in September. Freshman are playing like veterans and seniors are playing like there's no tomorrow. We finally have reason to start buying into the hype.

One game away from exacting some revenge. Two games away from Tampa. Three games away from the Orange Bowl - which prove rather fitting a year after the Canes missed the postseason and lost their home with the same name as this year's potential BCS destination.

Let loose. Enjoy this ride. Save your criticism for when it's necessary. Don't waste your time nitpicking what could've, should've and would've been done. Live in the moment. The Canes are riding high and a BCS game is a distinct possibility for the first time in a long time.
Right now it's pointless to focus on anything other than that

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 8 years ago '05        #4922
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 8 years ago '04        #4923
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Date: Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008

Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium - (Natural Grass), (55,000) in Atlanta, Ga.

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. (ET)

TV: The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN with Chris Fowler (play by play), Craig James (color analyst), Jesse Palmer (color analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter).
Tape Delay Telecast: On CSS, Tuesday Nov. 25 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Local Radio: The Hurricanes Radio Network (WQAM 560 AM) will carry the game live with Joe Zagacki (play by play), Don Bailey Jr. (analysis) and Brian London (sideline reporter). Fans can also listen online at .

National Radio: The ACC ISP Radio Network will have the national broadcast with Bill Rosinski (play-by-play) and Ricky Proehl (color analyst).
Español: The game will broadcast in Spanish on 1450 ESPN Deportes (1450 AM) with Joe Pujala (play by play) and Joe Martinez (analysis).

Websites: Miami () and Georgia Tech ().

THE GAME

No. 23 Miami hits the road for one of its last two regular season games when the Hurricanes take on Georgia Tech in a key ACC Coastal Division matchup. Game time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. and will be televised on ESPN.

The Hurricanes are coming off a 16-14 win over Virginia Tech in their home finale to run their winning streak to five games - the longest winning streak since 2005 when UM rattled off eight in a row. Miami is in sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division. It will be Miami's second straight Thursday night game. UM is 13-1 all-time in ESPN Thursday night games. Freshman defensive end Marcus Robinson, who was named ACC Defensive Lineman of the Week Monday, led a stingy Miami defense against the Hokies. Robinson tallied a career-best three sacks and four tackles for loss as UM picked up a season-high six sacks.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Robert Marve completed 7-of-16 passes for 121 yards and ran for another 44 yards to lead the Miami offense against the Hokies.

Lou Groza Award semifinalist Matt Bosher made three field goals in the win against the Hokies and earned ACC Specialist of the Week honors. Bosher has made 12 of his last 13 field goals and is 16-of-18 on the season. He is a perfect 32-of-32 in PATs.

Defensively, senior linebacker Glenn Cook leads the team with 60 total tackles and is tied for the team-lead with seven tackles for loss. Safety Anthony Redd*ck has 55 tackles while linebacker Sean Spence has 53 tackles on the season. The Hurricanes have allowed just one touchdown in the second half of their last three games against Virginia Tech, Virginia and Wake Forest. Miami ranks 10th nationally in total defense, 19th overall in rushing defense and 15th in pass defense.

In six ACC games, UM has been tough to stop offensively. The Hurricanes lead the ACC in scoring offense with 28.0 points per game in ACC games. The Hurricanes are 43rd nationally in overall scoring offense (28.4 points per game).

The Hurricanes cracked the AP poll for the first time this season and the first time since Sept. 10, 2006 this week. Miami received 139 votes and will take the field as a ranked team at Georgia Tech for the first time since Sept. 16, 2006 when UM played at Louisville. Miami received 74 votes in the USA Today Coaches' Top 25 poll. The Hurricanes are 23rd in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll.


THE OPPONENT

Georgia Tech (7-3, 4-3 ACC Coastal) is coming off a bye week after falling to North Carolina, 28-7, on the road back on Nov. 8. Tech's ground game has been the best in the ACC this season. The Yellow Jackets are averaging 250.7 yards per game on the ground led by leading rusher Jonathan Dwyer, who leads the ACC with 1,056 yards. He also has eight rushing touchdowns. Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are 14th in total defense and 10th in pass defense.

THE COACHES

Randy Shannon is 12-10 overall and is in his second season at Miami. Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is 7-3 in his first season with the Yellow Jackets.

THE SERIES

This will be the 14th game between the two schools, with Georgia Tech holding a 9-4 lead in the series. Georgia Tech has won the last three meetings in the series. Miami's last win in the series came in 2004 in Atlanta, 27-3.

COASTAL DIVISION UPDATE

Miami has yet again another crucial ACC Coastal Division battle on its hands this week when the Hurricanes travel to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech. The `Canes currently lead the division with a record of 4-2 while Georgia Tech sits just a half a game out at 4-3. If UM is able to beat the Yellow Jackets and win next week at NC State, the Hurricanes will head to Tampa for the ACC Championship game. North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Virginia - all 3-3 in the division - currently sit in a three-way tie for third.

RIGHT BETWEEN THE NUMBERS

- Miami is 13-1 all-time on ESPN Thursday night games. Georgia Tech is 9-11. The Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets have never met for an ESPN Thursday night game.

- Freshman WR/KR Travis Benjamin's 936 all-purpose yards is the most at Miami through 10 games since Willis McGahee had 1,676 all-purpose yards heading into the 10th game of the 2002 season.

- Miami leads the nation in number of different players that have scored a touchdown this season (17) as well as the number of freshmen that have reached paydirt (8).

- UM is riding a five-game winning streak, its first winning streak of such kind since 2005 when the Hurricanes won eight straight games from Sept. 27 to Nov. 12.

- Only four Hurricanes (Glenn Cook, Steven Wesley, Bruce Johnson and Xavier Shannon) have started all 10 games so far this season

- The Hurricanes have converted on their last 22 red zone attempts and 36 of 38 overall attempts (94.7%) this season. UM has 23 touchdowns and 13 field goals in its 38 red zone appearances.

- Miami has kept its opponents under 20 points in four of its last five games. Over that span, the Hurricanes are out-scoring their opponents by an average of 25.0-to-17.2.

BOSHER, ROBINSON EARN WEEKLY HONORS

University of Miami football players Marcus Robinson and Matt Bosher have earned Atlantic Coast Conference weekly honors announced by the league office Monday. Robinson, a true freshman from Homestead, Fla., earned Defensive Lineman of the Week honors while Bosher, a native of Jupiter, Fla., was chosen ACC Specialist of the Week.

Robinson recorded a career-best three sacks in UM's win over Virginia Tech in his second career start. He finished the game with a team-high seven tackles which included four tackles for loss. Bosher performed well in all facets of his game, averaging 42.0 yards on five punts in addition to converting on all three of his field goal attempts.-for-3 on field goals. The Lou Groza Award semifinalist is now 16-of-18 in field goal attempts on the year.

MIAMI AT NC STATE UPDATE

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Monday that ESPN/ABC declared a six-day option for the league's games on Nov. 29. While game times and networks won't be announced until Sunday, Nov. 23, it has been determined that the Miami-NC State game will either be a 12 p.m. or 3:30 p.m. kick-off on either ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, Raycom or ESPNU. Selections are expected no later than noon this upcoming Sunday.
 8 years ago '04        #4924
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Miami (7-3) at Georgia Tech (7-3), 7:30 EST, ESPN, Thursday, November 20
Why to watch: The ACC game of the week will go a long way to determining who wins a competitive Coastal Division. Miami is this year's Virginia, winning a bunch of close, often ugly games to take a half-game lead in the divisional race. Fueled by a youth movement, the Hurricanes have won five-in-a-row to make a Top 25 cameo for the first time in more than two years. While the program is still light years from the glory days, a win in Atlanta would go a long way toward narrowing that gap. The school that's sitting a half-game behind Miami just happens to be Georgia Tech. While the Yellow Jackets are being hamstrung by earlier losses to North Carolina and Virginia Tech, they'll do no worse than a tie for the division crown with a win this weekend. The fans at Bobby Dodd Stadium will do their part to make it four straight over Miami, greeting the visitors with a white out.
Why Miami might win: The Hurricanes are being sparked by a young and athletic defense that's held its last three opponents below 20 points. Now No. 10 nationally, the unit has traded star power for good fundamentals and a penchant for stopping the run. The latter will be especially important versus a Georgia Tech option offense that relies almost exclusively on Jonathan Dwyer and the running game. The Yellow Jackets are banged up on the inside and will be without top lineman Andrew Gardner, another hurdle to solving the 'Cane defense.
Why Georgia Tech might win: Miami has been winning in spite of an offense that lacks consistency and has shown its inexperience at quarterback with freshmen Robert Marve and Jacory Harris. The 'Canes are 100th nationally in total offense, and are doing a poor job in the trenches. They're going to get manhandled up front by a Yellow Jacket defensive line that's arguably the most talented in the country. Michael Johnson, Darryl Richard, Derrick Morgan, and Vance Walker all have at least 8.5 tackles for loss, presenting a major challenge for Miami. If Marve and Harris feel pressure, DB Morgan Burnett and a ball-hawking Tech D will swoop in and capitalize on their mistakes.
Who to watch: Although he's been far from perfect, Georgia Tech needs Josh Nesbitt to be healthy and ready to go by Thursday night. He's been nursing a sprained ankle that's limited his mobility, an obvious concern for an option quarterback. If Nesbitt can't go, the Jackets' fate will rest with Jaybo Shaw, who's just a true freshman.
What will happen: This is the ACC, so you can bank on a close, low-scoring defensive scrum. If it comes down to a kicking duel, Miami has a huge edge with Matt Bosher. It won't. Georgia Tech will remain alive in the Coastal and boost the spirits of Virginia Tech and North Carolina, feeding off a rabid home crowd and a defense that'll create three game-defining turnovers.
CFN Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 ... Miami 16... Line: Georgia Tech -3.5
 8 years ago '04        #4925
C.R.I.P. 3 heat pts
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its gameday boys...lets put them jackets away and finish strong
 8 years ago '06        #4926
DEDOS 121 heat pts121
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Andre Debose Top 3

"Florida, LSU, and Miami are my top three right now. It's coming down to the trenches right now for me to make my decision."

He continued, "I'm going to make my decision on January 4th at the Under Armour Game. I'm looking forward to making my decision. It's been on my mind a lot. After I make my decision, I'll be able to focus on my school work."

Dyron Dye Top 2

"It is down to crunch time and I know from what I have seen that I am down to two and anything can happen, but I am down to LSU and Miami. They are my top two leaders and we have a month and a half and anything can happen and anything can change from now until then."

Dye is expected to announce his commitment January 4th at the Under Armour All-America Football Game.

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 8 years ago '05        #4927
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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wish this game was on sat...i woulda definately made the trip
 8 years ago '06        #4928
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 8 years ago '05        #4929
Junior G 105 heat pts105
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^^^ read ya sig....:rasta:
 8 years ago '05        #4930
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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for those like me stuck at work...watching the game...heres a link for the game


 8 years ago '04        #4931
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
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we couldnt start any worse
 11-20-2008, 07:57 PM         #4932
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First of all, why is Nix obsessed with the Shotgun - 5 Wide on 3rd and short?!

That is annoying the hell out of me. Everytime, 3rd and short, we run that damn formation.

And our D not being able to tackle night is getting to me as well.
 8 years ago '05        #4933
Junior G 105 heat pts105
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 Junior G said:
^^^ read ya sig....:rasta:
I'm a guru n*gga don't stress it :rasta:
 11-20-2008, 08:00 PM         #4934
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Nesbitt, bad ankle, still k!lling us on the ground. Have to make this team pass.
 8 years ago '07        #4935
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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fu*k GT:angry12:
 8 years ago '08        #4936
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They was k!lling us like that too in the 1st half. Ya`ll will adjust in the 2nd half though don`t stress it...IDK though w/ Bill Young you never know what to expect
 8 years ago '04        #4937
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ugh...hopefully a fire is lit under their a.sses second half, both offense and defense looked like sh*t in the first half
 8 years ago '05        #4938
CO Butta 4 heat pts
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ohhhh and lmfao @ dedos sig
 11-20-2008, 08:24 PM         #4939
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and what has Florida State done...?
 8 years ago '06        #4940
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 The Lefty said:
and what has Florida State done...?
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