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Football Forecast: '08 predictions

By now, you've thumbed through the magazines, read the predictions (The Canes were picked third in Coastal Division of the ACC preseason poll) and played at least half of the Canes' season on NCAA Football 2009 on your PS3 or XBox 360. Along the way, you've probably wanted to punch pundit Phil Steele in the face (he's the guy who replaced the Canes among the state's Big 3 on his preseason magazine cover with South Florida). And you've also probably heard about the new team motto this season in Coral Gables: "No excuses."

Well, with the start of fall camp (Aug. 2) and Canes media day (Aug. 1) a little more than a week Randy_shannonaway now, it's time for me to get back to work. And what better way than feeding you my own predictions and position breakdowns to get you ready for Camp Shannon, Take 2. A year ago, new coach Randy Shannon told reporters and a crowd of 3,000 at Canesfest Miami "wouldn't just be thinking about an ACC championship, but the national championship." Call it a simple rookie mistake. Monday in Greensboro, Ga., the only thing Shannon promised reporters: "we'll be better than we were last year."

Canes fans should appreciate this year's preseason prediction from Shannon -- because unlike last year's this one isn't full of testosterone and pride. It's from a coach who learned a lot through a tough first season. Those who wear green and orange glasses fulltime, though (and you know who you are), shouldn't confuse "we'll be better" to with much better than last year's 5-7 season (the worst at UM in nearly 30 years). These Canes will just be better.

And the root of Miami's improvement won't be because as Jason Fox put it Sunday Robert_marve_mug"the cancers are gone." Or, because everyone on the team is now wearing linebacker Glenn Cook's wristbands that read 'No Excuses'. Or, because a new seven player council will be laying down the law and policing the misfits. The reason UM will be better this season is because of what I could only say should be the team's 2008 slogan -- UM Football 2008, We've Finally Got Some Guys That Can Play Quarterback Again.

OK, so Robert Marve and Jacory Harris have never thrown a pass in college. So what? It didn't take anyone with two working eyeballs very long this spring to see both can play the position better than what Miami had under center the last three seasons. Say what you want about Kirby Freeman's game-winning drive against FSU or the few times Kyle Wright was able to connect with a receiver downfield in his career. Freeman and Wright combined to throw 15 touchdown passes and 20 interceptions last season. Quarterback U finished dead last in passing in the ACC and 108th out of 119 teams in the big boy college football division. And an offense without a triggerman is like getting on a plane without a pilot. You aren't going to get very far rolling down the runway.

Last year, you could have put Walter Payton, Barry Sanders or even Bo Jackson's Tecmo_bowl_cartvideo game character from Tecmo Bowl in the backfield last season and that offense still wouldn't have produced much more than it did. Yes, the passers and playmakers will be young this year. But at least they will be available for use (they were injured or in high school last year) and that will make a difference. It will be enough, at least, to net a few more W's. In the end, I'm calling for an 8-5 season (including a trip to a bowl game) and plenty of optimism heading into 2009 by season's end.

Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, W 52-14
Sept. 6, @Florida, L 34-10
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, L 27-24
Sept. 27, North Carolina, W 20-16
Oct. 4, Florida State, W 28-26
Oct. 11, UCF, W 31-21
Oct. 18, @Duke, W 30-23
Oct. 25, Wake Forest, L 27-24
Nov. 1, @Virginia, W 23-17
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, L 17-10
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, L 14-10
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, W 35-20
Dec. 26, Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, Miami will beat Penn State, 30-24

- The highpoint will be: Bouncing back from a 1-2 start with three straight wins at home over Butch Davis and North Carolina, the Noles and then UCF. And then winning on the road at N.C. State to clinch a trip to a bowl game.

- The lowpoint will be: Hearing it from Gator fans after they pick up their first win over Miami since Randy Shannon's freshman season at Miami in 1985.

Javarris_james- Offensive MVPs: Javarris James and Graig Cooper. It's hard to see the Canes giving this award to only one player this season especially since I believe Cooper will lead the team in rushing and James will lead the team in scoring and receptions. It was quite evident in the spring offensive coordinator Patrick Nix wanted to get the ball in both of their hands. Expect to see a lot of screen passes and quick outlet passes to both players this season, something Miami didn't do enough of in '07 when the duo combined for only 27 catches, 229 yards and only 1 touchdown.

Randy_phillips- Defensive MVP: Randy Phillips. The one thing new defensive coordinator Bill Young is going to create with his young defense this season is turnovers and well as opportunities to score on them. Phillips, who has been itching to be a defensive playmaker his entire career, will be the beneficiary and will parlay a great senior season at safety intercepting passes and making plays into making at least the second or third round of the NFL Draft in April. Phillips, by the way, led the team last season with three picks.

- Freshman Of The Year: Sean Spence. Considering the Canes played 10 freshmen last year and will play nearly as many this season, giving this award out isn't easy. But I've watched Spence play since his freshman year of high school and have been blown away with how much he knows the game. This kid had all the talent in the world and I expect him to be starting by the end of this season if not outright in the fall. I think he'll be the second-leading tackler on the team behind Colin McCarthy (the best LB). His former Northwestern teammates, quarterback Jacory Harris, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and receiver Aldarius Johnson will be right behind him when it comes to production.

- Sophomore Of The Year: DeMarcus Van Dyke. He started as a true freshman and more than looked the part in the spring, putting on some muscle and weight and looking like a guy who could be headed to the NFL early. I think Van Dyke has a huge sophomore season and starts opposite Bruce Johnson with Chavez Grant and freshman Brandon Harris working in the mix at corner.

- Biggest Surprise: Joel Figueroa. Ok, so maybe it won't be that much of a surprise considering he already was making huge strides in the spring. But I think Figueroa is going to be a solid starter for the Canes at guard and will be one of the guys on the line counted on most heading into 2009 after Jason Fox (the Offensive Lineman of the Year) caps a great junior season by heading to the pros early.

- Best Receiver: Sam Shields. I'm going to be optimistic on this one because most of us in the Sam_shields business aren't. Despite all his off field issues, Shields still finished second on the team in receiving last year with 27 catches for 346 yards and 3 TDs. If he can keep himself on the field and out of Shannon's doghouse, then he'll be the go-to-guy on third downs on this team. If not, look for a solid seasons from Kayne Farquharson, Leonard Hankerson and a few good rookie seasons from freshmen Aldarius Johnson, Travis Benjamin and Laron Byrd.

- Best Defensive Lineman: Eric Moncur. Allen Bailey's pectoral injury will Eric_moncurprobably be the only thing that slows him down a bit enough to allow Moncur to be the team's most productive defensive lineman. Moncur, who made the big sack against Duke last year and plays with Bryan Pata's wristbands on every Saturday, is the tyep of guy who will quietly have a stellar senior season. It's going to be a tough, learning season for guys like Adewale Ojomo, Forston and Miami's other incoming freshman lineman. But Moncur will provide a solid foundation of leadership.

- Best Special Teamer: Damien Berry. After being moved from safety to running back in the spring, Berry will find himself sitting behind JJ and SuperCooper and likely Shawnbrey McNeal waiting for carries. In the meantime, he'll continue to play like the special teams demon he showed flashes of being last year. I'm calling for two blocked punts and several bone-jarring hits on kickoffs.

FOR U... OK, so now it's your turn to have a little fun. I want to get some feedback from you guys with your picks for these same awards as well as your predicitions for the season. And while you are at it, leave me some questions you'd like for me to ask players or coaches when camp opens.

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Wuz good Manny, Type Pad is blocking my past as Spam, could you post bro! Thanks!

C-A-N-E-S....CANES!

whats up with brandon washington? Is he reporting or what?

Tommy Streeter, Tommy Streeter, Tommy Streeter!!!

I really think he makes a big impact and is possibly the best of the incoming freshman receivers. S. Spence is the best of the incoming defensive guys, which he gave a glimpse of in the spring.

We shall see though, we shall see. Can't wait for the season to start. I'm calling for 8-4 in the regular season and who knows about the bowl game or even possibly the ACC Championship game

Given the fact that I just had all four wisdom teeth pulled, I am going to try to stick to the questionable games and my logic for doing so.

Defense:

This team has a great DC with a number of young talented players and, as such, should be dramatically improved over last year. We have already sustained some injuries to our DTs and that poses our biggest problem throughout the season. Cornerbacks take time to develop and this group will be better than last years group. Particularly with advent of more zone coverages and man/zone blitzing in front of them.

Offense:

The rushing attack will be dramatically better off of the edges, but face mediocrity up the middle early on. I say this not because of our guard play, but people underestimate the value of a good center. Pass protection will be better than last year, but the fullbacks will need to pick up the blocking schemes quickly. The new receivers will definitely be studs one day, but they will go through severe learning pains through a majority of the year and learning = unexpected drops for receivers. If some of the young receivers from last year step up for the first half of the year, our season outlook changes dramatically. As long as our quarterbacks continue to hit the film room and learn from their mistakes, they will be better than last years crew by the third or fourth game. Hitting a few receivers in stride on deep balls and their ability to do so will be the difference.

Gators:

I loathe the swamp people in ways no one can accurately describe in writing. Someone posted that they felt that they would put up 24 points on our defense and I agree. If Bailey is healthy, we will be able to continue to put serious pressure on Tebow and the Harvin won't be able to run effectively outside too often. Harvin is a stud and will get his, but they score a majority of their points in the second half.

The turds have some major issues of their own and their strengths are areas where we should be able to mitigate them. The weakness of their secondary should allow for us to have 3-4 big opportunities and the offense should grow through the first three quarters. Unlike some, if we are within a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter, I predict a win without question. The floppers have their opportunity early to score points and I hope Young works his magic to prevent that.

The turds, at that time of the year, have a better team, but they also had a better team in the peach bowl and lost. If we can score more than 24 points (special teams or otherwise), we win. That's asking a lot of our guys, but this game comes down to will.

A&M

If we score 14 second-half points against the turds, we do unspeakable things to these people. We are young, but in better shape than them. All we need is momentum and some confidence to pull this one off.

UNC

Much tougher game than anticipated. Robert and Co. should be up to the task of putting up enough points and Joe Robbie should be packed for this one. This more than any other game is where the center will make or break us and those fullbacks are going to pay dividends.

FSU

With Bobby's job on the line, they come out tough, as usual. Unlike last year, we should be the better team in terms of talent and offensive line. Timing and the preceding two games are the major obstacles in our path for this game. Injuries to our defensive line in the previous game completely changes the outcome of this game. The Noles are hell-bent on running the rock this year. We will pull away in the second half of a tight game.

Wake Forest

Their offense is opportunistic and scores as a byproduct of defensive momentum. They are better, but beatable. We will have to play a perfect game in which special teams blocks a punt and makes their kicks. If Marve has arrived by this point, they are in for trouble but 21-17 Loss is realistic.

Virginia

We probably get out ahead early and have to hold them off to take this one. Could be a big road game to gain momentum if we can crush them. They will only score 17 if we stay healthy, and we should be a relatively formidable offense at this point in the season. We probably put up 23 in the first half and it becomes a character battle the rest of the way.

Va. Tech.

Another example of a team that undergoes a number of loses and presents some challenges for us up front. Micanor, Forston, and Dixon must play big in this game and do. We avenge the game from last year by 10 putting up 30 against their defense.

We play a number of tight games this year and any number of them could go the other way. Youth will serve notice and provide us with challenges in winning as many games as we could, but also provide us with the opportunity to take games that would be otherwise difficult to win (UF).

8-4 is probable and the biggest sway games of the ones I've mentioned above are FSU (gulp) and Virginia. Not because of talent but the schedule does us no favors for FSU.

In either event, I expect us all to raise hell at any game that we attend. I will miss the Duke game and possibly the Virginia game, but should make the rest.

Go Canes and God Bless the enemies of the Gayturds!


Manny: Please report which of the recruits entered in June and which are not enrolled and why.

For the doubters about the Fightin Gaturds. and the one who compared it to the Oklahoma game last year:
First, Oklahoma had a dominating NFL quality O line, and the line and tight end and I backs got away with chop blocks all game long with the ACC crew we had out there.
1/2 our D line was on crutches by the second half, which is why we stuffed them in the first and lost it in the second. The Gaturds do not have a dominating O line like Oklahoma.

Second, the Gaturds had the worst secondary in the SEC last year, and are missing a starter at safety and a backup at safety. They will have a sophomore and true freshman starting at safety. The Turds have a weak ass D line. Our O-line will dominate same. I say Coop right, James left, with smash mouth Pat Hill leading them, and then we'll see how many Gaturd lbs still have their knees intact by the fourth quarter.

Testeroidbow and the Gaturd offense will score on our defense, but if we keep them under 24 points, we win the game and its party time in Canesville.

Canes 31, Turds 24, Teebags taken out in the 4th after Moncour knocks him unconscious.

Jacory-Marve should have a nice day against the Turd defense, as will Coop and Baby J. Pat Hill gets a game ball, I just hope he doesn't injure too many of our linebackers during the fall practices.

The problem with the defense last year was the front 7, especially up the middle (MLB and DTs). The DTs the past several years just haven't been the caliber of the Cortez Kennedys,Vince Wilforks,Russell Marylands,etc.. And despite the fact that they're true freshmen, I think Regis,Forston, and Lewis will definitely be upgrades at those positions. As far as MLB goes, Tavares Gooden just either wasn't experienced enough at the position, or he just didn't have the instincts to play the position. I still remember the goal-line situation in the VT game where He initially had the dive play defended, and then the RB gave him a little juke, He fell for it, and then TD. But despite that, I thought TG did an admirable job of filling in for Romeo Davis. As far as safety, in particular Kenny Phillips, that just goes back to my earlier point of the D-Line not bringing it in defending the run and putting consistent pressure on the QB. Kenny Phillips had to play in the box way too much, as opposed to just freelancing and making plays in the defensive backfield. No pressure, no picks, it all starts up front.

The problem with the defense last year was the front 7, especially up the middle (MLB and DTs). The DTs the past several years just haven't been the caliber of the Cortez Kennedys,Vince Wilforks,Russell Marylands,etc.. And despite the fact that they're true freshmen, I think Regis,Forston, and Lewis will definitely be upgrades at those positions. As far as MLB goes, Tavares Gooden just either wasn't experienced enough at the position, or he just didn't have the instincts to play the position. I still remember the goal-line situation in the VT game where He initially had the dive play defended, and then the RB gave him a little juke, He fell for it, and then TD. But despite that, I thought TG did an admirable job of filling in for Romeo Davis. As far as safety, in particular Kenny Phillips, that just goes back to my earlier point of the D-Line not bringing it in defending the run and putting consistent pressure on the QB. Kenny Phillips had to play in the box way too much, as opposed to just freelancing and making plays in the defensive backfield. No pressure, no picks, it all starts up front.

Manny...not bad, but OFF by two games. Canes will beat A&M and GT and go 9-3.

BTW, your predictions have been VAULTED!

Here are mine:

Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, W 45-13
Sept. 6, @Florida, L 31-20
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, W 27-24
Sept. 27, North Carolina, W 31-17
Oct. 4, Florida State, W 30-16
Oct. 11, UCF, W 38-10
Oct. 18, @Duke, W 45-13
Oct. 25, Wake Forest, L 27-24
Nov. 1, @Virginia, W 31-17
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, L 24-20
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, W 34-13
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, W 35-17

86Cane...

I like your predictions...I'm not sure about UNC and Virginia, but I would very happy with 7 to 9 wins.

hey Manny,
Can you please ask this question to one or all of the 'cane coaches, but I really don't expect them to give u a true answer but here goes: why aren't the canes recruiting some of the big time south Florida recruits such as Frankie Telfort, Lamar Miller, Eugene Smith, & Ricardo Dixon? Or maybe you can ask one of your many 'cane connects this question. I'm just really dumb founded by the u not recruiting these guys? Randy Shannon talks about he wants depth on his roster, get these recruits and we're on our way to the depth this wants and needs!!!

What I meant to say was "the depth this program wants and needs"!!! Oh yeah Manny I forgot about recruit Quan Fletcher! The 'canes were so high on him last year, what happened?

We beat the Gaybaits 31-27!! Eating gator fritters on the drive back to Miami!! We Go 9-3. Beat the hell out of whoever we Bowl with and finish 10-3. Storm warning forcasted for 2009. CAT 5 and counting......


GO CANES!!

Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, W 35-10
Sept. 6, @Florida, L 24-27
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, W 30-14
Sept. 27, North Carolina, L 13-17
Oct. 4, Florida State, W 24-17
Oct. 11, UCF, W 27-17
Oct. 18, @Duke, W 28-24
Oct. 25, Wake Forest, L 30-14
Nov. 1, @Virginia, W 28-10
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, W 21-10
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, W 42-14
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, L 28-31

People are underestimating the difference Young's defense, and a capable Qb can make for the season. Nine, or ten wins is obtainable.

"People are underestimating the difference Young's defense, and a capable Qb can make for the season. Nine, or ten wins is obtainable." - canesrule

As usual you are a flaming imbecile. You define the word homer son. DuhU's D will have to learn a new system with a paper thin depth chart. The D line is suspect. The homer that you are you think guys will be flying around making all these huge plays. It takes a lot of time to implement a new system and this inexperienced group will feel tremendous growing pains as a result. It's not like their has been a system in place that these young guys can learn from existing players. They are starting from scratch you flaming imbecile(canestool). You exhibit on a daily basis that you are clueless about the realities of college football. You do look great in that inflatable U helmet though.

The Qb's with NOT ONE college game snap in the entitre unit will take a significant amount of time to learn to implement a system at full speed.

The things you cite above are reasons why DuhU will lose games this season. Not win them you flaming imbecile.

Howdy Pards:
I've been a Cane Fan Forever, sooo long my memory is bad. But wasn;t it a freshman QB who walked on the field in 1982 unranked for his first college game against Number 1 ranked Penn State. He puked at mid field and when the game was over PU wasn;t No 1 and Miami was on the way to Greatness. His name was Jim Kelly.

Miamis problem since Ken Dorsey left has been poor play at QB. We shud go to a BCS Bowl this year and another NC next year.

ColoradoCane

"People are underestimating the difference Young's defense, and a capable Qb can make for the season. Nine, or ten wins is obtainable." - colorado cane

So you're comparing 18 year olds who have yet to take a single snap in big boy football to Jim Kelly? Nice work homer. Those U goggles look great on you.

" His name was Jim Kelly." - colorado cane

So you're comparing 18 year olds who have yet to take a single snap in big boy football to Jim Kelly? Nice work homer. Those U goggles look great on you.

Straight from SI, Duhhhhh U is the consensus fourth best team in the state.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/andy_staples/07/18/usf/index.html?eref=T1

NO SOUTH FLORIDA BULL

Posted by: cross-dresser | July 19, 2008 at 12:20 AM

Miami, Florida and Florida State get most of the guys they target ...
It's a nice discussion. How does South Florida compare with (U, fu & f$u)? I think tradition and the fact those schools have all won national championships, you have to beat them.

-- usf coach jim leavitt

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/story/614460.html
Although there is no on-campus stadium in Coral Gables, Coker thinks UM's move from the home-field advantage of the Orange Bowl to cavernous Dolphin Stadium could work.

-- pete "the pied piper" pelegrin

memo to pete "the pied piper" pelegrin:
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/columns/story?columnist=luginbill_tom&id=3233826

http://dolphinstadium.com/

you neglect to mention the world-class amenities resulting in ESPN's #1 class ...
Miami Herald should fire you for distorting the truth again ...
"cavernous" -- that's your opinion ...
injecting envy in an article ...
you're a supposed reporter NOT columnist ...
stick to your tier-4 commuter school beat ...
NOT READY FOR PRIME TIME

Cat5 Cane

I'm allowing for the 3 points they'lll get on us regardless, and for one eff up play in that particular game, remmeber we may use second and third units, some large amounts of unexperienced kids.

Man, this blog really got alot of people going. I want to say this, whatever our young team does this year, do NOT boo them at halftime, do NOT boo them at all. You give them doubt by doing that. Give them support.

I feel we have some strong minded freshman who will really make an impact. This year is going to be tough again. But we will be much better. We will be 100 times better on defense. Offense is in its second year with Nix. He now actually has an O-line and plenty of weapons.

I am psyched to see a completely new era of QB's. They will get their needed protection. Receivers will make seperation now.

Coop and Baby J are faster and stronger then ever. Look for them to carry this offense. They could be the reason we upset a few teams this year. I see us running about 300 yards on UF. they have no D-line, which takes out there LBs and they also have no secondary.

As tough as the UF game will be, i say the only reason we could lose that game is our CB's. Im not worried about our safeties or Dline or even our offense. If the CB's show up, we have a good chance for an upset.

9-4 with a bowl win

Hey manny i have a two part question,my question is this:(1)Even though Robert Marve and Jacory Harris are freshman,they've both been in the offense long enough that their shouldnt be alot of mistake's made from a play-calling/before the snap standpoint (formations's,audible's,pre-snap read's,etc) so arent both quarterbacks (who-ever wins the job)a product of their offensive coordinator or their production heavily tied to how well their offensive coordinator calls games? And (2) Do you think after watching UM's offense this spring and summer that Pat Nix is creative,innovative and experienced enough as a coordinator to take this offense to the next level play-calling wise? I ask these questions because obviouly no one will ever give kyle wright credit for anything in his career,but he had three different garbage coordinators in four years and never had a chance to master one offense with full-playbook and set of terminology. Robert and Jacory shouldnt have that problem,but the question now become's is pat nix creative,innovative,and experienced enough to be with these guys the next four years and take them to the next level with his offense.

I predict a thorough ass kicking at the hands of the Gators,
and please say something other than you won 5 NT's or Tebow is gay, Miami sucks and all canes fans are ignorant.

Go Gators! F*** the Haters!

"Coop and Baby J are faster and stronger then ever. Look for them to carry this offense. They could be the reason we upset a few teams this year. I see us running about 300 yards on UF. they have no D-line, which takes out there LBs and they also have no secondary." - Canefan 86

Typical moronic cane fan mumbo jumbo. Florida's D'ends are very good. Jermaine Cunningham will be playing on sundays before long and Carlos Dunlap is a solid player with experience. You'll get to know these guys very well soon. Florida is looking for improvement at the DT's true. Omar Hunter was the number one DT high school recruit in the nation. He'll have to learn on the job be he will make his presence known immediately. Florida's linebacker corp is very good. Brandon Spikes is all SEC. (he would be all universe in the lowly ACC) Florida will improve what was a good linebacking corps from last year. Don't snap back a bunch of crap about teams running all over florida last year. Yes some teams did do well between the tackles. Urban has made DT a priority and that will be a different unit in 08. Behind your homer goggles you seem to think that DuhU will come into gainesville and dominate floridas front. You're a MORON. None of your QB's will have seen what will be coming at them on 9/6. Charleston Southern will be slower than what your offense practices against. You've got it all figured out though. Travel to gainesville with a VERY inexperienced team, rush for hundreds and hundreds of yards, confuse and collapse floridas front, dominate the Gators. OKEE DOKEE bucko. There is a reason you are called a HOMER. It's primarily because you are clueless about how these teams will match up. Every single person who has the ability to look at football objectively agrees that this thing could get VERY ugly for the canes. But go ahead and lay a fat bet on UM Bucko. HOMER !

Season prediction: First the home games. I see UM going 6-0 or 5-1 at home with the possible loss coming from either NC or VT, two teams that will run the ball very well against a small UM defense,we should be able to get by one of them. CS,FSU,UCF and Wake dont have very big running backs,the speed of UM's defense will match up well with these teams and UM will win those match-ups at home. Now the road games. Florida being the second game of the season and on the road,a betting man would go with the gators so i will too. Texas a&m being third we should give a good effort,but the fact that they didnt give that 275 pound tailback very many carries last year worries me,we lose a close one to a&m. The rest of the home games are very winnable. Duke,nuff said. Virginia and GT are breakin in new QB's (i beleive) so their in the same boat as us,and nobody's afraid of N.C state so a record of 3-3 or 4-2 should be reachable on the road. So if UM wins 3 or 4 on the road and 5 or 6 at home,thats 8-10 wins in the regular season. I'll say 9-3 regular season with losses to Fla,Texas A&m and VT. UM will make it to a bowl game and win,finish the season at 10-3.

As long as we make progress and, for this year only, I would rather see us trash Virginia more than I hope for a W over FSU. I took my son to the final in the O Bowl and hated seeing our guys tank it in finale of the great stadium. Redemption is needed! A win over Florida isn't expected, but would be HUGE early in the season. If we find a way to beat Florida then the rest of the season could go very well for the Canes! I don't care how many QB's it takes. On the 2 QB's... If done right it could be a big help. I remember Ryan Collins coming in against FSU one year and making a huge play for a 2 point conversion. FSU had no idea what to do when Ryan rolled to the right.

"A win over Florida isn't expected, but would be HUGE early in the season. If we find a way to beat Florida then the rest of the season could go very well for the Canes! I don't care how many QB's it takes." - Tampa Cane

That'll get the job done Einstein. Use ALL your quarterbacks. YEAH. Go CANES. Clueless MORON.

From YAHOO SPORTS:

• Florida: The Gators' secondary is shaky – kind of like Urban Meyer's ethics are shaky. Florida gave up 19 touchdown passes while ranking 99th nationally in pass defense last season. There could be a huge void at strong safety. Expected starter Dorian Munroe was lost for the year with a knee injury. Backup John Curtis was, too. Backup Jamar Hornsby was dismissed from the team for credit card larceny, and heralded recruit Dee Finley is academically ineligible. Major Wright is a returning starter at free safety, but may be better-suited for strong safety.

Anybody in Canes Nation know who the players are going to prep school and the ones on the bubble ? Thanks

Who the f uck says okee dokee and bucko, you f ucking nerd? I hope I see you at the swamp, so I can knock your cornball sayings out of your mouth, UM victory or no UM victory.

same as bertdawg's Q.

I'm still drinking my Orange and Green Kool-Aid... DO U want some too?

Anything is possible. All we need is momentum for this team to go beyond believing to knowing that we are back.

THREE BIG IFs. IF we win the Florida game, and IF Shannon can keep this team focused and IF we can maintain depth during the season plagued with all the injuries that every team faces we will play in JANUARY 8, 2008.

Maybe I made this Kool-Aid too strong, but we'll see.

Who are the Gators, the Canes Should focus on one game and one week at a time, lets try to shut out Charleston Southern

"Miami sucks and all canes fans are ignorant.
Go Gators! F*** the Haters!"


It's like he did a point-counterpoint for himself.

I think the Canes will beat Texas A&M, although its a tough place to play. The Canes playing in the Swamp will have them prepared for the noise they will face at Kyle field. The Aggies are installing a new spread offense from the option they ran last year. This season will have some growing pains but any true Canes fan realize that and hopefully learn from this and get better. I hope the new stadium will be loud and a tough place to play for all game not just FSU and Va Tech.

Last year was a disaster. But i compare it alot to our last two basketball seasons and i think we could see a similar type of comeback season. We had numerous i mean tons of injurys especially at linebacker and Defensive line (which was really exploited by UNC and GT that wont happen this year). We didnt have the depth but because it forced younger guys to play it will provide us with a more experienced team this year and while bringing in a good amount of quality recruits early. Just like the basketball season we went 13 19 D collins had to step up and play Dews Mcclinton. THen the following year we stay healthy and play good basketball and are going to be even better next year. The key things and reasons for me to optimistic about a 10 win yes i said 10 wins this is the University of Miami and i believe We took a step forward at each position heading in everyone the whole program. Better Stadium, Shannon has gone through a whole season nix full season with miami better defensive coordinator. Qbs who will play the game like they have played before( I actually have replays going over in my head of Kyle wright dropping snaps and tripping over linemen). Our O line and rbs will be the springboard that allows these young qbs to grow and make the right reads give them comfort and confidence. as bad as we were last year we were in ball games and could have easily won two more games if marve had been healthy IMO. We wont have ryan hill dropping game winning td's. We barely lost to unc who should have stomped us with wright literally throwing the game away. The point is if we stay healthy there is no reason for why we cant win the acc championship. The thing i really like about our schedule is that it will force this team to grow before heading into acc play which is where bcs bids(excluding NCS) are won. Hey If we lose to florida i say start whoever didnt start in the florida game that way both of these young qbs will have played in a tough college football environment. I think it could make a difference down the road. The thing is our team is still kind of an unknown team. We havent had everyone excelling at the same time consistently. One day its baby j one day its cooper, the next day shields. We have alot of exciting returners as well as a road paving fullback (not a chub who cared more about hamburgers then pigskin) I think if we can put it all together and everyone does there part and there are "NO EXCUSES" I think we can shock the world( who is wrapped around the goldenboy) ( greatest 5 loss qb to ever play) and the pearly gates. This is a rivalry anything can happen.
Offensively/ Defensively/ even special teams we are taking a sizeable step forward this year
second year guys. Colin, Kayne, DVD , Coop, franklin, Figs, Randy phillips ( at new position) Leonard Hank, D Epps ( could see a breakout year from him)

Id be greatly content if we were to go
Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, W 48-6
Sept. 6, @Florida, W 24-21
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, W 28-10
Sept. 27, North Carolina, W 28-13
Oct. 4, Florida State, L 20- 17
Oct. 11, UCF, W 31-14
Oct. 18, @Duke, W 35-14
Oct. 25, Wake Forest, L 24-20
Nov. 1, @Virginia, W 23-10
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, W 28-21
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, W 20-10
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, W 35-17
10-2 agaisnt
ACC FSU W 17-14
BCS BID

First off, I am surprised at how awful you think our defense is going to be this season. You have every team, even the worst, scoring tons of point on us. I find that hard to believe. I know they are young but they are still the U and they have very talented players. I personally think that last season was partly a disaster, not completely because of talent, but because of attitude and the mental state of teh players. I played football and other competetive sports and emotion is always mentioned but underated. Football is so emotional that a game can swing in minutes. It can swing on one play. Look what we did ti the Aggies last year. That was a great offense. They have been for years. We stomped them. Our players were high fiving and running around, laughing, hustling, fired up, it was simply a shark frenzy on grass. If you can do it one game you can do it every game. I don't mean win in that fashion. I am refering simply to the effort and the intensity. Last season was purely mental. I hate to admit it but that UFag lineman ( you all know who he is...Dad is a Cane) was right when he dogged the players for their lack of effort and their attitude. I sure hope this year is different and not just some slogan "No excuses".

Also i wanna mention that i Think travis benjamin will be the "hester like" type electrifying athelete we have lacked in the previous years. If he can put on some weight i think we will see him return kicks and punts

Also i wanna mention that i Think travis benjamin will be the "hester like" type electrifying athelete we have lacked in the previous years. If he can put on some weight i think we will see him return kicks and punts

Always a pleasure reading your Canes slant.

My question is, how can I get my hands on one of those "No Excuses" wristbands??

Our passing game is going to be awesome, and its going improve the rest of the team. We got to good backs and now we have some perimeter speed. We hold onto the ball more and our d gets some rest not like last yr where they played the whole game.
These guys are going to bring the wood every play. Ok we have one big hit early and send a message to the rest of college football that the canes are going to knock some heads. Once we get that old cane feeling back, they lay down.

Our passing game is going to be awesome, and its going improve the rest of the team. We got to good backs and now we have some perimeter speed. We hold onto the ball more and our d gets some rest not like last yr where they played the whole game.
These guys are going to bring the wood every play. Ok we have one big hit early and send a message to the rest of college football that the canes are going to knock some heads. Once we get that old cane feeling back, they lay down.

Aug. 28, Charleston Southern, T 0-0
Sept. 6, @Florida, L 77-0
Sept. 20, @Texas A&M, L 44-0
Sept. 27, North Carolina, L 35-0
Oct. 4, Florida State, L 3-0
Oct. 11, UCF, L 28-0
Oct. 18, @Duke, L 2-0
Oct. 25, Wake Forest,L 55-0
Nov. 1, @Virginia, L 48-0
Nov. 13, Virginia Tech, L 66-0
Nov. 20, @Georgia Tech, L 24-0
Nov. 29, @N.C. State, L 3-2

Atleast U won't lose them all

Duhhh U,

I'll take u up on that 77-0 action. Wanna bet? I'll even spot U 77. (even bet dumba$$)

Wanna bet? I'll even "spot U 77." (even bet dumba$$)

What? Is that some sort of new U math?


Ahhh, a Tard and his money are soon parted...

Keep your S. Fla. Blood Money CoCane. My Florida Degree affords me plenty. What does your FIU degree do for U ?

But by all means, spout your "even up bet" boast to all the dumba$$ masses... They'll be in likewise company.

U be my new favorite U fan. Now get some rest. U are delusional.

Good write-up Manny, but I don't see us losing to Ga Tech or TAMU. we can beat wake, va tech and florida too, but they will be tough games

remember kosar!!!!!um31-fu11

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