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Gameday preview: UM-North Carolina

It's time to preview Saturday's 3:30 kickoff between 12th-ranked Canes (7-2) and North Carolina (6-3) at Kenan Memorial Stadum.

REWIND: The Tar Heels own a 7-5 all-time edge in the series and have won two in a row in the series. Last year, UNC rallied from 24-14 down to beat the Canes 28-24 at Land Shark. The last time Miami was in Chapel Hill, UNC jumped out to a huge lead then held on for a 33-27 win.

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Jason Fox > UM wins because... It wins the battle up front the way it did against Oklahoma and quarterback Jacory Harris protects the football. North Carolina's front seven is one of the best in the country. UM coach Randy Shannon said the Tar Heels are even better than Oklahoma -- and the Sooners had  monster defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and defensive end Ryan Beal. Carolina has ACC Defensive Player of the Year front-runner Robert Quinn (6-7, 250), He'll go head-to-head all afternoon with left tackle Jason Fox. In the middle, Orlando Franklin, AJ Trump, Joel Figueroa and Harland Gunn will have their hands full with Marvin Austin (6-3, 305) and Cam Thomas (6-4, 325). Neither of those match-ups are easy, but winnable. On top of that, Carolina has two studs at outside linebacker in Quan Strudivant (6-2, 235) and Bruce Carter (6-3, 230). It will be up to UM's running backs to beat those guys. Georgia Tech certainly did, piling up more than 300 yards on the ground. 

This game is ultimately to come down to can Miami win those individual, physical matchups up front, establish a running game and avoid going three-and-out on offense. Carolina wants to play ball control offense and keep Jacory and the offense off the field. If Miami moves the ball and scores points in some way shape or form -- even field goals -- the Canes should win this game because Carolina is too banged up on offense to outscore Miami.

> North Carolina wins because... Their defense dominates, creates turnovers and UNC's offense pounds the football down the Canes throats' with tailback Ryan Houston. Make no mistake, the loss of Shaun Draughn to a season-ending shoulder injury was a huge blow to the Carolina offense that was already lacking punch. Houston (6-2, 245) can be a load. But he was pretty sore after carrying the football 37 times last week in a 19-6 win versus Duke. He'll have to do the same this week for Carolina to move the ball and score points. When UNC won at Virginia Tech, the Tar Heels had three long scoring drives that chewed up clock. Most, if not all the yardage, came on the ground. Bottomline: Carolina can not keep up with the Canes' offense if this turns into a scoring fest. If the Tar Heels win this game, it's because they dominate defensively, create turnovers and control the clock with their running game.

> My pick: UM 22, UNC 15. Of the final three regular season games, this one is definitely the one I believe UM has the best shot at losing. But the fact Carolina is so inept offensively -- and one dimensional -- gives me the confidence can win this game even if it makes a few mistakes on offense. After all, in the games Miami has struggled this season, their opponents have had good, smart quarterbacks who knew how to pick apart the secondary. Wake Forest had Riley Skinner. Clemson had Kyle Parker and an excellent of receivers. And even Virginia Tech had Tyrod Taylor. TJ Yates is not that good. Susan Miller Degnan is going with the Canes 31-24.

GAME BALLS

> Offense: Javarris James. When UM beat the most physical team it faced this season, they turned to Baby J to provide the tough yards and set the tone. James is back this week and should have the most success of UM's three primary backs in this game.
> Defense: Darryl Sharpton. Houston is a big dude, the kind of back built for Sharpton (6-0, 235) to handle. Miami's defense can win this game if it can completely shut down UNC's one-dimensional offense. Sharpton could have a huge day plugging the middle.
> Special teams: Matt Bosher. North Carolina does a very good job shutting down punt returns and I don't think Thearon Collier or Graig Cooper will get many opportunities to make a came-changing play. In a game like this field goals and field position will be huge. Bosher is one of the best in the country at both. Advantage: Canes.

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Am I first today?

Your not first unless you bring it.

Miami wins 31-20. I do not see this game being so close as most experts predict. Carolina's offense is horrible and it just got worse with the lost of Shaun Draughn.

Now I am First!!!

I sure hope your right about the Canes. It's probably going to be a very sloppy field because of all the rain they've had in Chapel Hill this week.I dread this game every year because of Butch Davis and this year is no different.

Don't sleep on Yates, and NC has always played Miami tough. It is a toss up.

I just hope the Gators can put up more than 23 pts on South Carolina!

Go Cocks! No, not UF, SC.

On a serious note, let's just focus on the W. Whatever it takes...the D, Coop, Jacory. I'll take it whichever way.

I want to see some progress out of J12. No picks this week! Even if you are being hurried! Protect the ball!!!

I agree, in the end what matters is that we get that freaking big W! I could care less how much we win by, but I hope by a lot! :). If the Canes can just win out then it won't bother me too much that we aren't in the ACC Championship as GT will deserve it for only loosing one game, TO US!!!

In the previous blog someone called out the FAKE Sota' & the idiot actually responded! Even after he/she claime to be the real Sarasota 'Cane even though he/she signs in with Sarasota_Cane! What an idiot! Shows not much brains are in those neck of the woods!

The Match up between Fox and Quinn is the one to watch tomorrow. Don't be surprised to see Quinn switch sides and go up against Pipho..

My Pick, Fox dominates in pass protection to secure his first team all-ACC bid and 2nd or 3rd team all-american recognition.

Word on the street that Linder picked the []_[]I hope thats true!!!!!!!!!!!

Hope your right 365! How credible is your source?

We haven't been good on the road this year. No style points necessary. Win by 1 and get the hail out of there.

Manny, rumor is that Nike is putting the Canes in some very ugly threads for the USF game? What do you know?

I like to think that the Canes last week crossed a line, swung the fulcrum, or whatever your metaphor of choice for reaching the tipping point: and that henceforward we will stomp lesser opponents. (Last night I watched the UV game again, and we were very strong in the first half, it's easy to overlook because of the score created by their punt block. It was total dominance from start to finish.)

So I feel like this will all play out tomorrow - the Canes R Back we've heard so much of this year - tomorrow. If we can stomp UNC, I thnk we can safely say it with some swagger.
Therefore:
UM 54,
UNC 12.

Let's do it.

It's time for an uprising...

When will the UMiami students, alumni, staff, fans or anyone else affiliated with the program rise up and demand the building of a new stadium which belongs SOLELY to the Canes? I've heard all of the arguments, and none of them work. We should have never left the OB, rather alterations and renovations should have begun in the early 2000's when the building was salvageable.

Here we are, forced to deal with the consequences. I've gone to every home game since the Canes have moved, and I liken the atmosphere to Disney World, forced. The money-hungry, commercialized stadium experience may be a good business model in PROFESSIONAL sports, but not for a university which is battling for a reputable position among our nation's elite academic institutions.

Not for a school with as much football tradition as The U.

Just imagine walking through the gates of 55,000 seat Hurricane Stadium in 2016. It could happen, it just needs to start somewhere.

Wow, i seems like every conference is trying to protect their undefeated teams with calls on the field. Cincy just tied the game on a call that should have never been overturned.

her'es what the new uni's look like with the other teams

http://friendsoftheprogram.net/2009/11/10/nike-pro-combat-the-complete-collection-with-slogans/

UNC 31, UM 10. Predicted it at the beginning of the season, predicting it now.

Sorry we are signed on to Landshark til 2033 about the same time we may win another championship. However, Shala did have an addendum that if low attendance continues U could move the games to Mark Light which seems feasible.

UM 24 UNC 35

INT12 throws 3

SWAGGER IS MY MIDDLE NAME

Canes win, no doubt.

I think we come out a little hesitant, perhaps distracted by the GT/Duke game (regardless of outcome). We use halftime to refocus, come out hard, make a big defensive play or two, and go to town.

718, I like your gumption. I'm going to call a 45-17 win.

Re: Duke Game

If INT12 throws TD pass but no one sees it, does it still count?

Ok how are you suffering man? the team is 7-2 . Get over youself and go be a gator fan if being a cane fan is so tough on you. Oh and 2033 before title suck my you know what. YOur not a real canes fan. Real canes fans believe in there team and realize this team is very young and is just gonna get better in 2012 2013 when miami starts winning titles again dont go i knew wed win all along while saying you are diehard cane for life as you name. GEt lost to allthe losers who keep spewing all there fire shannon miami sucks crap while pretending to be canes fans. Im tired of you gusy go away. I would be more then happy if youd just go be a gator fan or come out of closet and admit your a gator fan all along suffering. that said i think miami wins 27-10 carolina on offense is bad and there weakness is oru defensive weakness stopping the pass. they cant throw it we stuggle defending it . Miami should run the ball 40 times with jj, coop, berry and mike james this team should jsut line up and run it down peoples throats. Use play action for big plays early and just pound the rock.

It's time for an uprising...

When will the UMiami students, alumni, staff, fans or anyone else affiliated with the program rise up and demand the building of a new stadium which belongs SOLELY to the Canes? I've heard all of the arguments, and none of them work. We should have never left the OB, rather alterations and renovations should have begun in the early 2000's when the building was salvageable.

Here we are, forced to deal with the consequences. I've gone to every home game since the Canes have moved, and I liken the atmosphere to Disney World, forced. The money-hungry, commercialized stadium experience may be a good business model in PROFESSIONAL sports, but not for a university which is battling for a reputable position among our nation's elite academic institutions.

Not for a school with as much football tradition as The U.

Just imagine walking through the gates of 55,000 seat Hurricane Stadium in 2016. It could happen, it just needs to start somewhere.

Posted by: EthnicSandsBestCanesNameEver | November 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM

I know a guy who is working on a website devoted to getting a new stadium built. It was supposed to be out earlier year but...I really don't know why he has not finished it yet. Last I heard it is supposed to be out before Christmas.

How many Gators does it take to screw on a light bulb?

It'll never happen, but U can always put a 120x50 yard floating Turf Barge in the middle of Lake Osceola. Then all 20,000 of U Tard fans can line up with shoreline seats ...

Posted by: Front Row Seats ... Plenty Available

I did not write the original post about the stadium smart guy, I just replied to it. However, I do like the floating barge on Lake Osceola idea. It's a start anyway. It is certainly better any idea then I have heard from the university in a couple of decades.

Put Ian Symonette at Defensive Tackle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Put Ian Symonette at Defensive Tackle!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ethenic: I agree 100%. I posted about this last year and the year before. I actually argued that if you go oncampus, and walk around the Hecht, and the practice fields,including the baseball fields, it is 100% doable. I even wrote Kirby Hocutt a letter. All ittakes is money and political ( Versus the Gables politicians) will. You build a bowl-type stadium with a 50,000 fan capacity, with capability of expanding to 70,000. Youincorporate the athletic offices, locker rooms, weight rooms, hall of fame musueum, in fact all of the current Hecht building INTO the stadium to save space, and the fields are big enough.

To the trustees, Shalala, Hocutt: Build a f--ing stadium. THAT, as well as another NC is the next step for this great University. If accomplished, I guarantee Hocutt's name will be imprinted here forever. The cost would probably be 200,000,000 but Shalala if nothing else is a great fundraiser. She and others raised billions for the university over the last 5 years. If done, I tell you, the recruiting battles will be over. F_U may as well move to Division 1AA.

The other option, land purchase obstacle notwithstanding, is to build across 57th ave in South Miami. That way, you tell the Gables ans it's politicians to stuff it.

SEC is a joke,

Actually, I think your idea is the best so far. I understand that many stadiums in the country house everything from training facilities to dorms. Sometime back someone mentioned that there are some old dorms and other buildings on-campus that could be demolished and incorporated into a stadium. If they can't find the room on-campus, I think Tropical Park would be a good site. I have not measured the distance myself but I believe it is less than 5 miles from campus. Either way, something needs to be done 'cause The Shark just ain't cuttin' it.

Ok how are you suffering man? the team is 7-2 .

Posted by: mainecane | November 14, 2009 at 12:20 AM

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2009/11/injury-report.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suffer_fools_gladly

a wayward gaturd gets his jollies posing as a disgruntled Cane …

SUFFER FOOLS GLADLY

We should have never left the OB

Posted by: EthnicSandsBestCanesNameEver | November 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slumdog_Millionaire

neglect left U no choice …

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

I've gone to every home game since the Canes have moved, and I liken the atmosphere to Disney World, forced.

Posted by: EthnicSandsBestCanesNameEver | November 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM

a raucous crowd willed U to victory against florida state in 2008 & oklahoma in 2009 …
check your eyesight …

CORRECTIVE VISION

In regards to the stadium talk, as much as I'd like it to happen, it's not going to. Let it go, give it up, there's no way. I'm an alum and former member of student government (not more than a few years back) and trust me, we will not get our own stadium anytime soon. Why?

-Land anywhere near campus is far too expensive. If we're going to have to travel 15 miles, we'd just stay at the 'Shark.
-Traffic is absurd in Miami (as most of you are well aware). Coral Gables would never allow it for this reason alone.
-While we have all the Momentum money, Shalala isn't focused on it. She could care less if we have our own stadium, especially given we can't consistently but 45,000 in a game.
-The endowment isn't large enough.
-We're locked into a deal at the 'Shark.
-The alumni giving rate is HORRENDOUS for a university the caliber of the U.

With that said, if I manage to make a billion dollars over the next few years, consider the stadium on me.

When will the UMiami students, alumni, staff, fans or anyone else affiliated with the program rise up and demand the building of a new stadium which belongs SOLELY to the Canes?

Posted by: EthnicSandsBestCanesNameEver | November 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM

I actually argued that if you go oncampus, and walk around the Hecht, and the practice fields,including the baseball fields, it is 100% doable. I even wrote Kirby Hocutt a letter.

Posted by: SEC is a joke | November 14, 2009 at 09:59 AM

not enough land, access or students to justify the prohibitive cost of an
on-campus eyesore …

NIMBY

The cost would probably be 200,000,000

Posted by: SEC is a joke | November 14, 2009 at 09:59 AM

football-only stadia in exclusive neighborhoods cost upwards $1B …
you want it …
bankroll it …

PUT UP OR SHUT UP

Just imagine walking through the gates of 55,000 seat Hurricane Stadium in 2016. It could happen

Posted by: EthnicSandsBestCanesNameEver | November 13, 2009 at 08:50 PM

imagine there's no countries
it isn't hard to do
nothing to kill or die for
and no religion too
imagine all the people
living life in peace ...

you may say I'm a dreamer
but I'm not the only one
-- john lennon

REALITY BITES

the train left the station …
no turning back …

ALL ABOARD

http://www.landsharkstadium.com/content/architecture.aspx

so sick of holdouts like you …
always looking a gift horse in the mouth …
somehow opulence on someone else’s dime disappoints …
longing for the good ol’ days …
a rat hole …
in the 3rd world …
with scarce parking …

POOH-POOH

To the trustees, Shalala, Hocutt: Build a f--ing stadium. THAT, as well as another NC is the next step for this great University. If accomplished, I guarantee Hocutt's name will be imprinted here forever.

Posted by: SEC is a joke | November 14, 2009 at 09:59 AM

next item on the agenda …
improve our broadcast …
by ejecting joe zagacki …
whose halting, mechanical, shrill delivery …
makes you want to throw your radio out the window …

INDUCED ABORTION

http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2009614

GameDay playlist

Nice "Imagine" reference green.

People, our own stadium anytime in the next 20 years is a near impossibility.

Getting an on campus stadium will NEVER happen. If you don't believe this, go and take a long drive through Coral Gables (which is a beautiful way to spend a day) and count how many homes you see that you would guess cost over a million dollars. It's amongst the wealthiest cities in the country. On top of that, the city is EXTREMELY picky. The basketball stadium took forever because the Gables had to approve everything and was a bee-yotch about it.

I've heard Tropical Park bounced around as an option and I could see that being viable (without knowing too much about it) but I'd call it 50 years away.

Man will you people quit talkin about that wet dream stadium. Who cares about a stadium when Miami will never be a college town. College Station is really boring and really desolate of course A&M will have sell-outs. Use Dolphin Stadium and Graduate go earn some money. A stadium are you kidding dude. You want stadiums go to FSU or UF I want these kids to just play good ball and graduate. And by the way Ethnic Sands is the best Canes name eva.

I like the Shark. its closer to where I live... and is a Pro Stadium. Anything that The U would Build would not be on the level of a strictly college campus Stadium.

We shared the OB with the Dolphins so whats the big deal? As far as recruits playing in one of the top 10 NFL stadiums is a solid selling point.

http://www.reverbnation.com/tunepak/2009614

GameDay Playlist

Nothing to see here. GT is crushing Duke and we will play in the Gator Bowl.

How scary would a Shalala/Zagkaci baby be? Anyway...it's over GT is crushing. We probably will win a NC next year...WHEN WE GET TUBERVILLE

We are 7 and 2. I think thats pretty impressive considering alot of you guys were hollering fire Shannon and 0-4 for the first 4 games. This team is impressive and will continue to improve. Clemson will win the ACC so I guess we only lost to the reigning Champs and the future Champs.

http://mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=13&f=2927&t=5088076&p=1

I really do miss the Orange Bowl, but Land Shark is so much cleaner, and enjoyable to watch the game. Man, I think catching the replay on the Jumbotron is what I look forward to the most!!
-- Iwasbornacane

I went to the OU game this year best experience ever!
-- Canes185

Landshark is where it's at. We LOVE the atmosphere there, the tailgating, all the action around the Grand Plaza with the live band, UM band, WQAM guys broadcasting, AND if you aren't tailgating some of the best barbeque anywhere from the Everglades Barbeque Company; pulled pork barbeque sandwiches are fab as are the giant turkey legs …
Also, Landshark is constructing another huge concession area off the upper deck area for people to go chill out, eat, drink, etc. It will be done by Super Bowl. Landshark is definitely a total experience with all the bells & whistles.
-- Canething

We have been going to Miami games FOREVER, however, to experience that run back Sat, to be able to see that develop in person, was simply AWESOME. We sit IN the east endzone, family section and the view was SPECTACULAR!!!
The replays are aweseome as well and everyone looks for them.
I loved the OB. period
Landshark is head and shoulders above. Such a nice atmosphere, lots of good parking and a really great experience for the family.
-- 5FB4BB

I think us fans have to realize that Landshark is a great place and situation for the Canes (broward, palm beach, dade counties). Obviously the seats are bit far back, but once the Marlins leave I believe that will change. Plus the NFL is putting pressure on the Dolphins organization to renovate the facilities again (retrackable roof) to bring in more Super Bowls. How may colleges can say that?
-- SolidCane

Seating in the stands is 100000x better
-- ramcanes

Landshark is head and shoulders above the OB and I loved the OB, it was all I knew all of my life.
Do I miss the overhang, yes, because for years we had season tickets under there and never had to worry about the weather. But there are so many other huge advantages to Landshark that it is impossible to name them. I happen to love the parking at LS, it sooo much nicer, it's not even debatable imho.
-- 5FB4BB

I loved the OB was hoping to scatter my ashes there one day, but LS has been awesome and my whole group agrees that the U and the LS mgt are doing an awesome job making it our new half billion dollar home. The OU game was sick with the crowd being as rowdy and fun as any OB game not involving UF, FSU, or ND (and maybe Wash that one year).
I love the fact that you can plan a really cool tailgate and know you are getting a space. I love walking around seeing everyone's tailgate with hurricane flags flying everywhere and everyone's tents up. I even like when the opposing fans set up shop. its a great expereince for everyone. The student tailgate lot is ridiculous.
My one suggestion would be to cover up the four corners of club seats just below the new U tarps & the place will look better without those empty blue seats. Other than that, its awesome.
-- Yell4theU

i finally experienced my first canes game at "the shark" this year.. it was fantastic, i have 0 complaints.. well that's not true, the sound system could use an upgrade, sounded like some of the speakers were blown.. other than that. it was great, seeing stuff on the replay board makes a HUGE difference.. i remember games at the OB where you just wouldn't know what happened if it happened at some spot you couldn't see it. parking is better.. plus you can still get arepas and what not after the game..
-- lrg8683

Landshark much better than the OB.
-- bnbcanes

I love that video, right before the team comes running through the smoke, showing the history of the program. Plus, seeing the team under the stadium walking up to the entrance to the field, gives me chills. The OB will always be our heart and soul, but LS can be our blood.
GO CANES!!!
-- FMCANE

I loved the OB but the Land Shark experience if out of this world. If you are so bad off that you can't afford $19.00 for a seat and #25.00 I feel your pain but I wold rather miss dinner than miss a home Cane game. Land Shark is and could be a great experience if people bothered to come to the game. We live in Miami , yes noon games are going to be hot. Rather suffer through a warm afternoon than sit on an icy bleacher .
-- tonymiami

Postscript to my original post:
The neighbor I took to the game was a devote couch potato and never understood why I preferred being there BEFORE his experience at this game. Now he is a convert!
He asked me to buy him four together for Duke and I got him excellent tickets, mid field of upper bowl - row 12 on the isle per his request. All four for less than the regular face value of one of the seats.
AND he said he wants to get season tickets for next year!
-- AlumTeacherFan57

I love that the only blocky blocky was in the Obowls "parking lots". J12 sacekd again.

Please... Please... Please...

FIRE THE WORST GAME DAY COACH IN THE HISTORY OF NCAA FOOTBALL

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