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Guest blog: UM can pull off upset in Swamp

On my way up to Gainesville, but wanted to share with you the guest blog our contest winner G-Man sent me this morning.

Although he's known as G-Man to us here at Eye On The U, he's really known as Matthew Goldman to the rest of the world. The 29 year-old, originally from New York City, moved down to South Florida about 10 years ago when he said he made one the best decisions of his life and transfered to the University of Miami. Matt graduated from UM in '02 with a degree in communications and sociology. He currently lives in Delray and owns part of a limo service.

And this is his take on the game...

Miami is a HUGE underdog in this game. Nobody in the nation believes that the U has a chance to even keep Robert_marvethis a close game. Forget about the fact that The Canes have won the past six meetings. This Gator team is as talented as any theyʼve ever had. The critics think thereʼs no way a redshirt freshman like Robert Marve, who is making his first ever start on the road in a hostile environment, will be able to handle the pressure. Think again.

The Hurricanes can win this game. Iʼm not sure if they will. But I believe that Coach Shannon finally has this program on the right track. This is not the same team that fell apart in Norman last year. This new recruiting class has infected the entire team with an attitude and belief that they can play with anybody, anywhere. If the Canes are to win this game they must play smart and play physical.

And, we finally get to see what Marve is all about. I believe we fiinally have a QB once again who is going to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers. Playmakers, that can hold onto the ball and have some breakaway speed and not panic under pressure. I love the fact that Marve came out and said he can't wait to finally get the crap knocked out of him. Finally, UM has a capabale, vocal leader (Jacory Harris, too) with mental and physical toughness to get the offense going again.

If the U is truly on it's way back, then they won't be intimidated by playing in a hostile environment. And, they won't be pushed around. They've got to set the tone in the trenches, open the holes for Baby J and Coop. I wanna see the receivers blocking downfield on running plays.

Allen_baileyOn D GET TO THE QB! I want to see Allen Bailey (anyone on D really) knock Tim Tebow on his butt! Nothing dirty or illegal, just a good clean hard hit to let him know that heʼs not going to bully this defense. There's no sweeter sound than the silence of 90,000 people in their house. Make the entire Gator offense pay every time they have the ball. Let them think twice about making a play!

Shannon and his staff have done a great job of bringing in the talent they need to turn this program back into a national contender. If the Canes can finally get consistent play from the QB, there's no reason this offense shouldn't put points on the board and make this a competitive game. The pieces are in place on both sides of the ball. The coaching staff seems to all be on the same page. Saturday night's alright for fighting. Let's show theese wannabe's up in Gainsville what Hurricane Football is all about!

GET YOUR PREDICTIONS IN...
Ok guys, it's time to get your picks in for Saturday night's showdown. I want the final score, an MVP, and key reason you think Florida or Miami wins (like turnovers, run defense, whatever). And don't forget to vote in the poll.


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Canes with the upset, ill be at the swamp to witness the beating first hand.

It will be a 3pt game - and it could go either way in the closing minutes. I say UM: 27 UF: 24

CANES will roll! I want to see sad blue-orange painted faces with their jaws open in disbelief! Just like those Hokies looked when we beat their favored team (Marcus Vick.. was a joke) in that primetime Thurs night ESPN game in '05!! Good night!

Close game, special teams will be the difference - kickoff or punt and a INT returned for a TD by the U makes this a huge upset in Canesville: UM 31 UF 27

Now let's get on the road, all drive safe and see ya in GREEN at our house baby!

I also think the Canes win by 3. It will be a hard fought game and Timmy will get used to being on his back alot saturday night thanks to Eric and Allen.. Final Score Miami 31 UF 28. Defense wins championships

GO CANES!!!!!

I think the Canes will put up a good fight but will lose do to young players and lack of playing time, remember that 40 of the 100 players are freshmen or redshirt freshmen. Just play hard and gain their respect! Don't play like last years Virginia game.

Winner: Florida 38 Miami: 17
MVP:Tebow

Go U!

Here is the deal. I believe the U will win because of the following:

1) This gator defense (even with first round pick Derrek Harvey) was nothing special last year. They gave up 30+ points last year against such powerhouses as South Carolina, Kentucky and even Troy.
2) We are not talking about a bunch of slackers wearing organge and green. Miami has an abudance of speed and talent as well. Many of the U players were offered scholarships to places like USC, Ohio St., and Florida.
3) Tebow and the gators made a habit of not showing up in big games. Look no further than Auburn, LSU, Georgia and Michigan.

For those reasons, I think Miami will spring a big upset in an ugly game. The keys will be ball control and dominating the line of scrimmage. Remember they don't play the game on paper (just ask the New England Patriots)

Miami 22 Florida 16

34-31 The U!

Spencer Adkins, MVP

Miami 21 florida 17. Miami wins cause jj and coop rush for 300 yds combined adn 3 tds. The canes will control the line of scrimmage on offense. On d i think young's zone blitz will confuse mr teabow and he will be sacked 4 tiems at least. The florida backs are unproven and the ones who have played haven't been any good. Harvin gets hurt early on a big hit by reddick and teabow has to do it on his own.

UM 26 UF 24

MVPs: Forston, Randy Phillips, & Jacory

Key reason: Defense and a missed closing second FG by UF

UF 34-UM 14
MVP Teebow
Reason: these guys will be shell shocked. 90,000 plus, heck these guys cant even see 50,000 for their own games anymore.

I dont think this team has quitters anymore but I do think they will have guys nervous and not ready for an environment like they are headed in to.

Miami 34 Gators 21.

UF will stack the line early in an attempt to shut down the running game and put pressure on Marve. A cool and collected Marve will get the ball to the playmakers forcing UF to back down and opening the running game for James and Coop (the MVP's of the game).

Trying hard to keep the faith my fellow Canes (fans). This is going to be a great task for our young players. The key is handling adversity.

Two games come to mind. Last year’s loss to North Carolina and last weeks UCLA victory. Both are cases of over coming adversity. Well more so the UCLA game (the QB over coming a 1st half with 4 INTs), as we dug our own hole in the UNC game. A game in which, in the second half, we nearly pulled off a major comeback on their field.

Anytime the big three (UM / FSU / UF) play, throw the rankings and critics’ opinions out the door. All three have the talent and pride. Comes down to who wants it more (i.e. Celtics over the Lakers in the recent NBA finals).

So the realist in me forecast a 33-17 UF victory due to experience. But there’s something in my gut (Canes pride) telling me a 20-14 Canes victory is possible due to handling adversity and sound tackling.

MVP: UF = Harvin, UM = Spence

andrew smith is a beast .. i dont even care about allen baily ... and steven wesley .. i watched the way they moved .. so gracefull and atheletic...we have four d-tackles who will rotate .. so constant push up front will disrupt florida's offense..the o-line will pound we have four back's yall sleeping on shawnbrey... he's the second best back if not the best back on team ..he's just a sophmore so miami 27- florida 14 its only that close because miami's young offense will botch a couple scoring opp's ...but because of the d-pressure and pounding 4back threat florida will get man handled also because they are over confident ...their not really good last year the media thought the were ranked to high in preseason poll .. they were right 9-4 ...so they havn't gotten that much better...their young to .. some of their reciever's and back's are their first time on the field i.e., chris rainey, deonte thompson , jeff demps , we all know how young their secondary is .. oh their d-line small and weak ... so canes might win 35-14 .........go canes

Although I would love nothing more than UM victory, I'm picking UF to win, but not in a blowout. I think UM plays with a lot of emotion and keeps it very competitive for 3 quarters, then UF pulls away and wins 38-24. MVP for UF of course will be Tebow because he can't seem to do no wrong in people's eyes. MVP for UM will be Baby J. UM will come away from this game with a lot more respect than they are getting right now.

Finally, people are starting to drink the Kool-Aid. I got Miami by a 2 touchdowns, because we can.

Tebow will not see any defense like this. I will be surprised if UF puts up 21 points, because I remember the teams that had incredible defense rated in the top 10 or better until Walton tookover. Now that Young is running the show with Crooked old man Cook in the middle as the mind of the defense, Yikes. Everyone has knocked on Cook including me, but every year the team and Coaches have had his back, because I knows how to audible to the right defense based on how the Offense lines up. Simply put, we can have all the talent in the world, but that won't do us any good if they don't line up properly. That's why it's good to have the Crooked old man back in the middle.

As far as playmakers are up for question. Let me ask you this. When we played FSU in 2000, did anyone know who Dorsey, Portis, Shockey, Johnson, or Moss were on offense? What about Reed or Morgan to name a few? No one knew who were the playmakers in Miami until we got a QB.

I think that year we beat FSU 27-24... I would have said that we beat UF by the same score, but this is UF. There is always a mystique about them. They are known for thriving off of the crowd, hence why Tebow chose not to come to the U. This is probably the only time that having a poor fan base but stout recruiting class may helpout, because these kids feed off of each other's energy, thus the new attitude/mentality of the team less the COKERITUS.

My only concerns are not with the defense or special teams play, nor are they with any players at all. My only concerns is with one coach. Does Nix know when to mix it up each drive by being conservative to score and taking risks at the right time, because without any risks this crowd is going to be in it throughout a low scoring game. The time to take risks is not when you fall behind, but when you want to go ahead by a score. Nickel and diming this team is expected only when you're in scoring position by way of 3 or 7 points, but usually a good defense knows when to tighten up. Field goals won't beat UF. Nix better get the ball in the playmaker's hands and he better dial up for the long and hopefully connect or at least keep the defense honest instead of playing short ball.

MY MVP is NIX

UF - 51
UM - 24

Look I want to believe the Canes will do it. But I see UF 44-UM 16. I see UF lining up and pretending to run the option after a few successful plays of it and then reversing field with Demps or Rainey. Harvin will make a play or two early to get the crowd happy; Louis Murphy will score a TD late. I think the Canes will have it close for at least until halftime - perhaps narrowing the gap like they did in Norman as the first half closes, but the familiarity UF has will make them a lot better down the stretch of the game. I see UF scoring fairly early twice, and I'll bet that Meyer puts in Cameron Newton to throw a few passes and direct a drive or two as the game draws to a close. No upset in Gainesville... but god would it be sweet to see it.

However - a dream if I may? Marve comes out and throws all over them. JJ and Coop explode through them with a few choice runs. A trick play or two to show them we are even out-thinking them (a flea-flicker). A few sacks, a few picks, and we could jump out on them and make it interesting.
- CVS

The Canes gave up 48 to Virgina at home, they will not be able to contian UF on the road. Change my prediction to:

UF - 61
UM - 17

Canes 27 - Gaytors 26
MVPs Coop and Baby J

Power running and clock control killed the Turds last year in their 4 losses. Miami must move the sticks and we all know theres no better way to do that than to put yourself in manageable 3rd downs. We have got to get off to a good start and get the crowd out of it. Getting down early eliminates our best threats in James and Coop, and will make Marve have to win it with his arm. All in all, I think it will be close late, and someone will have to step up and make the big play, good thing it will be a Cane.
I am a CANE, we are the U - - No ExcUses

we have to out physical the gators period. Big hits boys the turnovers will follow. If we get pressure on tebow and keep pressure off marve we win this game and Ben hill will sound like a funeral

Our boys are "young" and "inexperienced" but, they don't know they're not supposed to win. They will lay it all out, and get the last laugh.

All Florida does in the running game is run to the outside and beat the defense to the corner and its all over from there, but we have the speed to beat them to the corner. As long as we dont turn the ball over multiple times we will come out ahead.

Cooper has a BIG day he could possibly see over 300 yds. between rushing, recieving, and returns.

Canes - 31
Gayfors - 27

MVP - Cooper

As much as I would love to see a UM blowout, that's not what I'm looking for or expecting from this year's team. UF is catching us in a rebuilding phase with lots of young talent. If we can finish this game losing by single digits, and without committing too many bone-headed plays, I will feel very comfortable about our future and our eminent return to the top of college football. This is not the year, but I hope it is the beginning for the U. (The only "U").

I hate to be a kill joy(BUT) I find it hard to believe Miami will win in the Swamp.Yes I am a HUGE Cane fan and nothing more than to see Miami beat the Gators. I have said I would give up the entire season if they could win just this one game.
I keep saying it has taken 4-5 years for Miami to get in the sad shape they are in. It will take more than one spring season of great recruiting to fix this. Yes we are taking GREAT strides in recruiting and talent. I think we know have a legit D.C. to coach the defensive side of the ball. I just have to think with my brain not my heart.Going into the swamp with this many young players will make it very hard to expect a win. I hope they do and will be the first to say I was wrong. i think we are still a year away of great things at Miami.

I hate to be a kill joy(BUT) I find it hard to believe Miami will win in the Swamp.Yes I am a HUGE Cane fan and nothing more than to see Miami beat the Gators. I have said I would give up the entire season if they could win just this one game.
I keep saying it has taken 4-5 years for Miami to get in the sad shape they are in. It will take more than one spring season of great recruiting to fix this. Yes we are taking GREAT strides in recruiting and talent. I think we know have a legit D.C. to coach the defensive side of the ball. I just have to think with my brain not my heart.Going into the swamp with this many young players will make it very hard to expect a win. I hope they do and will be the first to say I was wrong. i think we are still a year away of great things at Miami.

What was that line form the movie "For the Love of the Game"; this(ese) kid(s) is too young to know the significance of the game and all he's going to do is go up and hit the ball. That's what te Canes are going to do when they hit the field. They are going to hit the ground running and not look back through out the whole game. Canes kick butt by 14.

UM - 31
uf - 30

this prediction is from my heart not my head but if i were a gambling man i'd take miami and the points. not only do they cover with a good chance to win they get everyones attention from the so called know it alls to the recruits...it's going to be good

For a fan base with such tradition (25 years worth talking about) you scUM fans have to be the most uneducated idiots I have ever seen. Duke fans have more knowledge of football then you guys do...wait let me put it in scUM terms, Da U be so stupid da don't be seein da trufe.

The last time your "talented, fast" team played a D1 school you lost 48-0 AT HOME. The same D1 school that just happened to get blown off the field by USC AT Virginia. You can not seriously believe a butch of kids that were playing high school ball this time last year (most being the same kids that got SMOKED in the state championship game) are going to be able to play with Florida. If you honestly think so then you have smoked enough weed to kill ever brain cell in your head.

"On D GET TO THE QB! I want to see Allen Bailey (anyone on D really) knock Tim Tebow on his butt! Nothing dirty or illegal, just a good clean hard hit to let him know that heʼs not going to bully this defense. There's no sweeter sound than the silence of 90,000 people in their house. Make the entire Gator offense pay every time they have the ball. Let them think twice about making a play!"


Manny, I said this already on Shandel's Blog:

"I PERSONALLY JUST WANT TO SEE TEBOW GET KNOCKED THE @#$% OUT!!! Can you imagine the Gator Nation reaction--'Superman got knocked out! What are we going to do?'"

Posted by: JameriCANE, aka, esqUire97 | September 05, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Soup needs to put that pipe down. 61 points on us? That's not gonna happen. Just like all Gator fans who say we (The U fans)live in the past. But who's still talking about last year? NEXT!

Posted by: UFGrade2001 | September 05, 2008 at 03:11 PM
You can not seriously believe a butch of kids that were playing high school ball this time last year (most being the same kids that got SMOKED in the state championship game) are going to be able to play with Florida.

I love it, that uf degree u working hard. If you watched any of the Florida high school championshipe games The U recrutied a lot of Northwestern and BTW kids that won state championships. what u smoking?

The U 31 UF 24

The game will be won by Miami's defense. Our speed is gonna hold up just fine against the spread offense as long as we can make open field tackles! The MVP's will have to be Robert Marve and Coop I think Marve will get into a groove and it will be on from there and Coop will change the game with either a big run from scrimmage or a special teams play! and watch out for TB to break one loose too! One other thing Sean Spence will hit lay at least one huge hit on either Harvin or Tebow! GO CANES!!!

didnt uf gets its but kicked by a team that lost to a 1AA team last year?

It's gonna be a great game for the canes. They are and will pull the big upset in the swamp. The gators will underestimate Miami's new, talent,speed,power and atitude that the canes now have. Former canes wide reciever Wesley Carol once said... You develope an atitude at the U,that no one can beat you. And thats what this Canes team have,atitude and a wholee lot of swagger. Like the canes of old. Final score: MIAMI 31 FLORIDA 14 *GO HURRICANES*

Posted by: UFGrade2001 | September 05, 2008 at 03:11 PM
You can not seriously believe a butch of kids that were playing high school ball this time last year (most being the same kids that got SMOKED in the state championship game) are going to be able to play with Florida.


Were you tryin to say "a bunch (not butch) of kids"? That degree is not working that hard today is it? Oh yeah, and what State Championship were you watching? Northwestern did NOT get smoked. NEXT!

You are right UFGRAD2001, our championship legacy began a little over 25 years ago. Yours however, began in 1991! (unless you want to count NOT winning the SEC Title for 70 years straight as part of your legacy!)

Go 'Canes!!

Does the U have a chance on Saturday? Yes!

Then the U will win!

UFgrad2001, last year was a debacle for the Canes but you can't use the UVA game as your only measuring stick. Two weeks later, these same pathetic Canes were tied 14-14 in the fourth quarter at BC (who's better than UVA). The Canes numerous injuries, the lack of a QB, the players giving up at times, all contributed to a perfect storm last season.

If you think this Canes team with more than a dozen talented freshmen, several injured players back (that missed 07), redshirts added, QBs that can actually play, healthy/bigger RBs, a REAL D Coordinator... You'll be a bit surprised on Saturday night. Gators will still win but your Gators will be very surprised at the talent the U has on the field...and so will your fan base...

when miami gave up 48 to virginia they had 2 healthy dt's. This team was able to hang with oklahoma for 3 qtrs last year with an offense so inept the d spent almost 3/4 of the game on the field when they ahd healthy d linemen. Miami isnt gonna get blown out because they have more then 2 dt's healthy. People forget miami had no depth last year and only had like 5 healthy d linemen at the end of the season when vt and virgina were blowing miami out.

"For a fan base with such tradition (25 years worth talking about) you scUM fans have to be the most uneducated idiots I have ever seen. Duke fans have more knowledge of football then you guys do..." --UFGrade2001

I love your grammar. It's "than" not "then." What were you saying about uneducated UM fans? Canes are 14-9 at the swamp, 28-25 all-time lead, and 6-0 past six games against the gutters. Canes win because it's da U!!!!!!!!!!!!! Miami owns. Period.

Hopefully this shows that Miami and the ACC are not soft...

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=formidable/080905

G-Man for Mayor!!!! Canes 30,Gators 27...Bosher game MVP for making game winning Field Goal.

Yo......the good thing about being a diehard fan is that we can be full of hope. Even if it seems like we don't have a great shot to win. Imagine if we were the experienced team with the heisman winner and we were facing a young team with a first time starter. We'd be talking it all over the place. But hope lets us write blogs like the one up there were we say we finally have a QB that can get passes to guys, even though he's never thrown one in a game. And Shannon has us ready because freshmen have energized our team that lost 40 something to 0 in our last meaningful game.

I HOPE the blog is right and we beat the heck out of the Gators. But I gots to see it to believe it. I'll be rooting like crazy but i'm not sure it will happen. I just want to see progress and the young guys getting after it and have some hope that we are going in the right direction. And hopefully we will find a QB of the future, whichever it is.

Go Canes.

"I'm gonna shock the world"

Cassius Clay..

When their backs were up against it, Cane nation yelled in unison, "have no fear, underdog is here!"
Da U 31
Da Turds 21
The hero: wow, that is too hard to predict, but I am going to go with a man that has been playing lights out since last spring, the best frosh linebacker in America, Sean Spence, level headed, a thinker, a Randy Shannon clone with more athletic ability.
GO CANES, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I see the "CANES" winning this game if the young kids keep their composure!! I have to agree with G-Man, play physical and less turn-overs are the key to this game. Fla has lost to teams that are very physical in the trenches. Go Outfensive and Defensive lines. YOU GUYS ARE THE KEYS TO THIS VICTORY!!! Bring it home fellows, the city of Miami are very proud to have a team with pride and dignity!!!!

Our only two "playmakers", Javarris James and Graig Cooper, combined for 95 yards on the ground in last week's game against a team that had two winning seasons in the history of their existence. What does this mean as we face the top defense in the toughest conference in the nation? The Da U is in for a very long day!!!

Da U 3
Da Turds 61

STAY HOME CANES, YOU CAN'T DO IT!!!

"While UF has an array of electrifying players it uses in its backfield, none of the primary workhorses will be mistaken for bulldozers, except Tebow." - Manny

Mon Williams, Kestahn Moore, Emmanuel Moody?

CLUELESS CANES

ATLCANE,

I've also been saying 31-30. For 2 reasons.

One, we wont be able to hold the gators to less than 30, but I'm confident our offense is good enough for 30+.

Their DL is hurt, their secondary isnt a whole lot better than last years, and their playmakers arent 100% regardless of what Urban Liar says.

We've got a chance at this game despite what everyone says.

Plus, we own Canesville.

Our only two "playmakers", Javarris James and Graig Cooper, combined for 95 yards on the ground in last week's game against a team that had two winning seasons in the history of their existence. What does this mean as we face the top defense in the toughest conference in the nation? The Da U is in for a very long day!!!

Posted by: canesrule 9 'ships | September 05, 2008 at 06:55 PM

They didnt play the whole game jacka*s!

And there is no way your defense will be #1 in the SEC, wishful thinkin there bud.


Mon Williams, Kestahn Moore, Emmanuel Moody?

Posted by: canesrule 9 'ships | September 05, 2008 at 07:22 PM

Who? Oh yea moody, wasnt he like 3rd string at usc?

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