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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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Yeah...Manny and all his negative observations and insights...nice job pal...you really showed Randy and the kids tonight! I am sure you will dig and dig and dig until you find something negative to write about, but there's this thing called credibility...YOUR TANK IS ON EMPTY!!!

IT IS CLEAR YOU HAVE AN UPPER EXTREMITY INJURY...BRAIN DEAD!

great win against another nobody. is NC ranked, NO, are we relevant to college football yet NO nothing is proven except we are better than NC. we havent beat a quality top team in a looong time. reality stinks, but we are not any better than we were 2 weeks ago, we just played a worse opponent. save the program, fire shannon

dc/sean wilson/racist:

we are going to find you punk...the circle keeps getting smaller and smaller and smaller.

how are your gators doing...last i heard they were #5 in the...BOTTOM 10 OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

and before i forget, once we have ALL of your contact information i will be passing it along to the patta family and the many players you have spewed your racist hate at...karma punk--it's coming for ya!!!


great win against another nobody. is NC ranked, NO, are we relevant to college football yet NO nothing is proven except we are better than NC. we havent beat a quality top team in a looong time. reality stinks, but we are not any better than we were 2 weeks ago, we just played a worse opponent. save the program, fire shannon

Posted by: dc | October 24, 2010 at 12:51 AM


Wow, a Canes fan who's not a complete moron. Holy crap, I didn't think there were many out there.

What u dumb a**es got to say now...33-10...Get a life instead of whining how bad The U is...Be a true fan!..

33-10 ...AND WHAT...Quit whining!

just like to point out to dc and R. UNC was ranked. 23rd I think. Know what youre talking about before running your mouth.


great win against another nobody. is NC ranked, NO, are we relevant to college football yet NO nothing is proven except we are better than NC. we havent beat a quality top team in a looong time. reality stinks, but we are not any better than we were 2 weeks ago, we just played a worse opponent. save the program, fire shannon

Posted by: dc | October 24, 2010 at 12:51 AM


Wow, a Canes fan who's not a complete moron. Holy crap, I didn't think there were many out there.

Posted by: R |

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keep talking to yourself sub-moron...your email address is now out there so it's only a matter of time before your address, telephone numbers, family member names are all made public.

congratulations on those gators--the game day guys on espn tore your little girls from limb to limb--and they especially slammed crazy urbie--a beautiful thing if there ever was one.

but, it gets better, after 3 straight losses, the last being mississippi state, the team with no forward pass, well that big bad team lost to university of alabama tonight...now what was that you werre saying about miami's win over duke--clown!!!!

golly gee...did i say university of alabama? well...uh...um...my bad as it was university of alabama BIRMINGHAM...THAT'S RIGHT BIRMINGHAM...YOU FLORIDA CLOWNS ARE THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING!!!!

UNC is not a particularly tough opponent, but Butch Davis did have UM's number the past couple of years.

Another thing that didn't show up on the scoreboard and probably didn't show up on TV was that this was the most animated I've ever seen Randy Shannon on the sideline - he was literally jumping up and doing that reverse chest bump thing with defensive linemen after stops and he had the entire team go onto the field during tv timeouts, which got the team and the crowd into the game.

And the team was naturally animated too - they didn't come out of the locker room at halftime bouncing around, they started making PLAYS and built their confidence from there. This is the first time I've seen unforced, natural swagger out of this lot since the FIU game.

And I don't care if it cost field position and points, the ridiculous over the top celebrations are worth it.

Riding the bull. All good things.

Manny says J12 almost threw 2 more INTs. I didn't see that at all. I saw 2 bad throws from J12 last night. The first was the floater to TB which would've been a TD. The 2nd bad throw was the INT where he threw against the grain without squaring his shoulders.

What I did see and what I prefer to see were slightly over-thrown balls where only the receiver would have made the catch had he kept running the route. One was to Richard Gordon who did not RUN to the stop. J12 saw that there was no safety help over the top and threw the ball to the left hash as called by Whipple. He did it twice. First to RG then to Byrd. Both times the receiver did not RUN to the spot.

But the good news is that the balls were not in a position to be picked off. So good play call by Whipple. Good coverage read by J12. Just a bit of under-execution by receivers. So get it right Manny. Be fair and precise on your critiques!

GO CANES!

UM LINEBACKER GEORGE MIRA????? WOW ladies and gentleman, we have a legend in our blogs....lets go canes

YOURE A HORSEPORKER!!!


just like to point out to dc and R. UNC was ranked. 23rd I think. Know what youre talking about before running your mouth.

Posted by: sickofthefans | October 24, 2010 at 01:51 AM

The guy says know what you're talking about before opening your mouth. UNC was unranked you stupid idiot. So not only are you wrong, like a moron, BUT you call someone out, saying that they're wrong. God, you're stupid.


keep talking to yourself sub-moron...your email address is now out there so it's only a matter of time before your address, telephone numbers, family member names are all made public.

congratulations on those gators--the game day guys on espn tore your little girls from limb to limb--and they especially slammed crazy urbie--a beautiful thing if there ever was one.

but, it gets better, after 3 straight losses, the last being mississippi state, the team with no forward pass, well that big bad team lost to university of alabama tonight...now what was that you werre saying about miami's win over duke--clown!!!!

Posted by: it's only a matter of time | October 24, 2010 at 01:58 AM
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Hmmmm, wow we're do I begin on this idiot? My email address, phone number, etc are now out there huh? Really? First time using this internet thing huh, jerkoff?

And what in God's name are you talking about @sshole? I am a Hurricane fan. What the hell do I care about the Gators?

I wonder how U idiots felt after watchin the Canes knock Butch's Boys off their heels sendin him back to N. Carolina tarred & covered in Ibis feathers...GO CANES!!!

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