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Gameday blog: North Carolina at Miami

MIAMI GARDENS -- The 25th-ranked Canes will try to end a three-game losing streak to North Carolina and avoid taking a huge step back in the Coastal Division race. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Sun Life Stadium where a crowd of at least 40,000 is expected. Watch it on ESPN2 or listen to it on WQAM. Feel free to participate in our discussion below as you tune in.

REWIND: As mentioned earlier, the Hurricanes haven't beaten North Carolina since 2006 and the Tar Heels own an 8-5 edge all-time in the series. The Hurricanes lost 33-24 last year in Chapel Hill and dropped a 28-24 decision the last time the teams met in South Florida. 

TJ Yates ABOUT CAROLINA: The Tar Heels opened the season with a pair tough six-point losses to LSU and Georgia Tech before picking up wins against Rutgers 17-13, East Carolina 42-17, Clemson 21-16 and Virginia 44-10 in the past month. While the team was obviously rocked by the suspensions and dismissals of several key defensive players, quarterback T.J. Yates has kept Carolina in the hunt. He owns the lowest interception percentage in the country (1 INT) and has completed nearly 67 percent of his passes for 1,495 yards and 11 touchdowns. His favorite receiver, senior tight end Zack Pianalto, was knocked out for the season last week at Virginia. But receivers Dwight Jones (19 rec., 302 yards, 3 TDs), Erik Highsmith (14-205-2) and Jheranie Boyd (12-297-3) are all capable targets and big play threats. Carolina's running game, led by Johnny White (86 att., 464 yards, 4 TDs) and Shaun Draughn (63 att., 287 yards, 4 TDs), has averaged 164.7 yards a game over their last three. Defensively, the Tar Heels live off turnovers. They've forced 16 this season (11 interceptions, 5 fumbles). Where the Tar Heels are vulnerable is against the run, where they currently rank 9th in the ACC.

THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE FOR THE U...

 > As usual, turnovers... We keep trying to figure out the identity of this team. Not sure why. It's obviously turnovers. When UM's defense is forcing them and quarterback Jacory Harris is avoiding them, the Canes have a real good chance to win. Last season, Harris threw four picks against North Carolina and lost. I think the magic number for Harris and the Hurricanes to have a chance to win this week is plus-2 (as in turnover margin).

> How much action the true freshmen see... Last week at game, Kelvin Cain started at middle linebacker and had a stellar game. Tight end Asante Cleveland came in late for Chase Ford and got open for two catches. Seantrel Henderson started his third straight game at right tackle and played the entire game. Receiver Allen Hurns had one pass thrown his way last week. It will be interesting to see if all four get more or fewer opportunities this week. Personally, I'd like to see more of them. We've already seen what the other guys can do. 

> Red Zone and third down efficiency... As documented in my story earlier this week, the Canes offense has been dreadful in both categories this season. Carolina ranks sixth nationally in red zone offense and fourth in red zone defense. The Tar Heels are average on third down, though, ranking 70th on defense (40.0%) and 72nd on offense (38.8%).

> MY PICK: UNC 30, MIAMI 21. You want to believe this game would be the turning point for Miami -- especially against a UNC team hurt by the loss of so many key returning players. But there is nothing I've seen from the Canes -- outside of the defense's ability to create turnovers -- that has really impressed me this season. And North Carolina doesn't turn the ball over. It's like all of the Tar Heels' strengths are the Canes' weaknesses. I think UM will come to play tonight (unlike FSU and Duke). The sad thing is I just don't believe it will be enough. 

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I think this is a make or break game for coach Shannon. Anything short of going to the ACC championship game is grounds for dismissal.

thank you for staying objective manny. just because they're your favorite team doesnt mean you be delusional and ignore the problems. it doesnt make you less of a fan either when you do recognize them. if anything it makes you a better one because it means you care about the success of the program.

WIN. i don't care how ugly it is. we love Shannon the man, all agree. but being a Mentor is different than being a Leader of Men.

good gawd my friends, if we lose this one how bad are the blogs going to be? the Outrage (including myself), the ferocity from the Alums? this will get out of control.

ENOUGH drops

ENOUGH stupid penalties

ENOUGH poor special teams coverage

ENOUGH INT's Jacory--we still believe in you

ENOUGH lack of using Lamar

ENOUGH standing on the sideline "deer in headlights" Coach

Today is the day

Regain our pride, our history, our reshaping college football, or Shannon goes

This is it.

duvalcanesfan:

You da' man!

I agree!!! Anything less than a ACC championship game makes it time to fire the head Dude. I also think that should he not WIN the ACC Championship game and then go on to win the BCS Orange Bowl by 30 points he should be shown the door.

Furthermore, with our talent if we don't go undefeated next year and win the National Championship game by...wait for it...30 POINTS!!!...Randy Shannon should be forced to renounce his U.S. citzenship and made to live out his life in shame in a 3rd world country.

Finally, should Jacroy not complete every pass tonight, the defense hold the Tar Heels to no rushing or passing yardage, the field goal kicker make 3 good kicks of over 65 yards and the cheerleaders do a 15 story tall pyramid with the head cheerleader doing a backward flip of the top and sticking it perfectly, along with us beating Carolina by...umm(clearing throat)...30 points...then, FIRE RANDY SHANNON!!!

another great job Manny. i hope your wrong with your pick, but it's tough to say UM will beat UNC at this point. They arent clicking, but as a diehard I'll continue supporting the team. Go Canes!

ENOUGH INT's Jacory--we still believe in you
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we all believe in you

and shannon toooooooo

And we all know youre an ahole emilio aka seanwilson523@hotmail.com

You are going to eat your words.

When UMpounds UNC I want you toman up and say I am a sorry sports reporter, aka sports forecaster, aka sports predictor and I will stop predicting scores because I sk at it.

This is being objective? Lets see, last three games against NC, it was 10 for them one for us a minus 9 for us and the total loss differential for all three games was 5 points. Check it out. And now you say that we will lose by 9 points, the objective basis is? Very disheartening that you believe you are being 'objective'.

manny come on.... you didnt post up my last message trying to defend myself. but you let the one accusing me of being wilson.lets stop the bull#$2@ accusations

Stop crying emilio/Sean. If youre going to continue to act that way then go back to your facebook account and get with your best friend Justin Bieber. Just keep closing those accounts Sean.You running off your mouth is whats causing you all these problems. Dont go blaming everyone else

JACORY IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!!! SHANNON NEEDS TO SHOW SOME EMOTION!!!!

Manny's just like the rest of us being honest. Anybody would be insane to pick us even with all of our talent being coached by SHannon against a unc team that has Butch. Even if they are playin with 2nd and 3rd stringers. Good luck Canes.

Virginia Tech is tearing it up after their 0-2 start. Everything must click tonight. Time to get things done in a big way and real fast! Manny, you should be let go just like Juan Williams of NPR for making such a horrible prediction!
No Way! Canes WILL pound these fools for having so many players out due to scandal. If Canes lose tonight, the blogs will explode! promise.

I think that is the saddest part, is that many of us dont think we can beat a team with alot of 2nd stringers. That should sum up our coaching to this point in the season.

Ironically, Butch can really help us tonite by pulling this game out.

You could help us this blog out Canesjunkie by never posting on it again

lol....that's good.

Keep drinking that Kool Aid.

if butch wins he will replace shannon.

I think Manny is picking UNC because every time he picks the Canes they either lose or win a lot less convincingly than he thought

You really think we have a shot to get Butch back? I don't think UNC will fire him. Would be great though.

Manny is picking UNC because they play 4 quarters of sound football. We don't. Picking for or against a team wont change being out coached/schemed, which is what most of us expect tonight. Its kind of a bad situation for Miami respect wise. Think about it, if we win, its cause they had 2nd stringers. If we lose, there really is no excuse. Will take a Miami blow out to convince me they are ready for VT and the possible FSU rematch.

1st off Canesjunkie stop saying we when youre talking about the Canes. Youre not a fan of them so lay off with the "we" garbage already. Make the blog a better place to be and just go away

Not feeling real positive about tonight. I'm afraid UNC could very well take us out behind the woodshed.

Ugggh.

C'mon 'Canes, right the ship! I heard there was a players only team meeting this week, let's hope that's the case and some leaders emerge here tonight.

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

For what its worth, GO CANES!

The game hasnt even been played and the pathetic bandwagon fans of Miami already are coming up with excuses if/when they win
Why dont most of you morons just wait until the end of the day and see who is the highest ranked team in the nation and become a fan of that team.
Actually most of you do that
Either youre 100% on board or get the hell off and dont come back because the Canes dont need you

Canes 31...Tar Heels 17

"The game hasnt even been played and the pathetic bandwagon fans of Miami already are coming up with excuses if/when they win
Why dont most of you morons just wait until the end of the day and see who is the highest ranked team in the nation and become a fan of that team.
Actually most of you do that
Either youre 100% on board or get the hell off and dont come back because the Canes dont need you

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2010/10/gameday-blog-north-carolina-at-miami.html#comments#ixzz13E5JaeS3"

Because stating the obvious about a team and sharing concerns like oh EVERY OTHER CFB TEAMS FAN BASE...makes us bandwagon fans. If I was a bandwagon fan I would be posting on Oregon's blog. "and that's a fact".


I think that is the saddest part, is that many of us dont think we can beat a team with alot of 2nd stringers. That should sum up our coaching to this point in the season.

Posted by: static | October 23, 2010 at 06:21 PM

Who the hell are you to be speaking up for me or any other fan
Youre just another typical fan that no matter what Miami does you will never be pleased so go to that Oregon board where you belong until they lose a game


For what its worth, GO CANES!

Posted by: static | October 23, 2010 at 07:02 PM

Its worth nothing coming from a fan like you

Go Canes!!! Jacory shows up big tonight.. Defense dominates, and we finally look like ACC championship contenders!!! All about the U!

@seanwilson523@hotmail.com: u need a life man, woman little girl running around accusing people of stupid stuff.... i know who i am. who are you?

We could only be so lucky to get Butch back. UNC would be a fool to let him go over that mess and Miami would be fools not to try and get him back.

dead arm harris had benjamin open by 10 yards and throws another weak pass. Great QB recruiting Shannon. All those great recievers going to waste.

jacory must be benched!

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

Just another pick by harris. Time is running out on shannon and harris. U hear that all the fans care about is performance. haha ha ha

U hear that marc jones said harris might want to think about playin wide reciever.

After the first 10 minutes Miami looks as if it will be fortunate to score a field goal. UNC 28 Miami 6

whipple please

i agree cowboy!!

how many chances does shannon give jacory? its just rediculous that he has stuck with him this long

If UNC scores and it becomes 10 - 0 this game is over. Jacory predictably had that pitiful dismayed look after the pick as if it was the receiver's fault. The dummy threw the ball back against the grain. There is no hope for Miami tonight or the rest of the season. I think I'll watch a horror movie...it can't be as scary as Harris.

#12 worst QB in Miami's vaunted history?

maybe not the worst but right up there with any post dorsey qb

Can we dress a cheerleader to hand the ball off? We might have a chance that way.

While the haters are busily sharpening their knives....let's go to the tight-end

so now its the wind that is effecting his throws? Come on already!

reason to hate!

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