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An early look at the Hurricanes 2014 football schedule with predictions

Are you ready for some Monday night football?

If not, get ready.

The Hurricanes are going to open the 2014 football season on the road at Louisville -- the team that just pounded them in the Russell Athletic Bowl -- on Labor Day night (Sept. 1) at 8 p.m. The game will be carried by ESPN. The Hurricanes will obviously be facing a brand new Cardinals team with a new starting quarterback and head coach. So it's tough to handicap the game now eight-plus months away.

UM's complete schedule -- which features 10 bowl teams and FAMU and Virginia -- was released at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Here is the rest of it with some quick analysis:

- vs. FAMU, Saturday, Sept. 6: Not a lot of time to recover from a road trip. Good thing is the Rattlers are coming off a 3-9 season and still in rebuilding mode. Canes should cruise in this one.

- vs. Arkansas State, Saturday, Sept. 13: The Red Wolves are coming off an 8-5 season in the Sun Belt and a win over Ball State in the GoDaddy.com bowl. Miami should be better than this team and coming off what should be a blowout win over FAMU will help.

- at Nebraska, Saturday, Sept. 20: Bo Pelini's team finished 9-4 thanks to a win over Georgia in the Gator Bowl. The Hurricanes haven't faced the Cornhuskers since beating them in the Rose Bowl in 2001 to win their last national title. Although the all-time series is tied 5-5, Nebraska is 3-0 versus UM all-time in Lincoln. Kansas State made most of us want to forget what happened the last time UM traveled to the Midwest to play a game. Here's to hoping the next trip is different.

- vs. Duke, Saturday, Sept. 27: The Blue Devils capped their best season in recent memory by finishing 10-4 and winning the Coastal Division. They thumped Miami up in Durham and finished ranked 23rd in the country after losing a shootout to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M 52-48 in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. If Miami doesn't win this game at home expect Al Golden's seat to begin to feel a little warm.

- at Georgia Tech, Saturday, Oct. 4: The Hurricanes have won five straight over Georgia Tech since Paul Johnson's team ran for 472 yards in a 41-23 win back on a cold November night in 2008. The Yellow Jackets finished 7-6 last season and lost to Mississippi 25-17 in the Music City Bowl. This one makes me nervous considering the Hurricanes had to pull out a 42-36 overtime win the last time they played in Atlanta.

- vs. Cincinnati, Saturday, Oct. 11: The Hurricanes haven't faced the Bearcats since cruising to a 38-12 win in Cincy back in 1998. Former Hurricanes assistant Tommy Tuberville (1986-93) enters his second year in Cicny coming off a 9-4 season and a loss to North Carolina in the Belk Bowl. The only time Cincinnati has beaten Miami? Way back in 1947. Cincinnati has 15 Floridians on its current roster including seven from Dade and Broward. Miami should also still be good enough to beat them.

- at Virginia Tech, Thursday, Oct. 23: The Hurricanes will have 12 days to prepare for the Hokies in what should be a huge Thursday night game in Blacksburg. Frank Beamer's team fell to 8-5 after its blowout loss to UCLA in the Sun Bowl. UM has only won two of the last eight meetings against the Hokies and have only won twice in Blacksburg in eight tries since 1995. Tough one.

- vs. North Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 1: Larry Fedora's team finished the 2013 season 7-6 after a blowout win over Cincinnati and Miami was forunate to come out with a 27-23 win in Chapel Hill last year. Believe it or not, UM has lost two of its last three at home to the Tar Heels. Another tough one.

- vs. Florida State, Saturday, Nov. 15: Miami will have two weeks to prepare for Jameis Winston and the defending national champions. It might not mean much if last year's Heisman winner is rolling. Florida State will be coming off a home game against Virginia the week before and have Boston College the following week after Miami. Those aren't exactly distractions. Toughest game of the year for Miami. FSU has won four straight in the series and seven of the last nine meetings.

- at Virginia, Saturday, Nov. 22: Finally a cupcake. At least we think. Virginia has never been an easy out for Miami. The Hurricanes are only 6-5 against the Cavaliers all time. UM has dropped two straight in Charlottesville.

- vs. Pittsburgh, Saturday, Nov. 29: Miami could be fighting for a spot in the ACC championship game -- or for a bowl berth if things don't go well -- heading into this week. The Hurricanes are 32-9-1 all-time against Pittsburgh, their former Big East rivals, thanks to a 41-31 win on the road last year. UM has won eight straight and is 16-1 against the Panthers dating back to 1984. No reason at least now Miami shouldn't win this game. Pittsburgh finished 7-6 last year and is coming off a win over Bowling Green in the Little Ceasar's Bowl.

> MY WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTION: Miami, with a new quarterback and a lot of young pieces on the defensive line, goes 8-4 with losses at Louisville, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and at home to Florida State.

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Canes will LOSE to Louisville,

Canes should win against FAMU and Ark St.

Canes will LOSE to Nebraska, Duke, GA Tech,
Cinci, and VA Tech,

Toss up with UNC,

Canes will LOSE to Fla St.

Toss ups with VA and Pitt,

Early prediction:

Seven losses guaranteed and one of the three
toss up games.

Wins against FAMU, Ark St, and maybe win two
of the toss up games.

Cane 2014 record: 4 - 8
Best case scenario: 6 – 6 and lose in the toilet bowl

Goldie will say:
“We aren’t where we want to be, yet. NCAA and everyone hates UM. Young players. Injuries to out of shape players, waaaa, waaa, waaaa.

I stick by my DC and his 3-4 NO defense against the run, zone NO pass coverage, sending in mixed up plays every down. Players out of shape, can't move their feet, can't protect the QB, can't open the running lanes, can't sack the opposing QB.

I stick by my OC and his small back, go nowhere offense, throw flat passes that go no where, throw hail mary passes that waste a down.”

We have seen the same thing the last three years.

Hmm, 8-4? Louisville is without their QB, and without Charlie Strong, while Miami will have Duke Johnson back. With 8 months to prepare, Miami had BETTER win that game.

9-4 Miami against 9-4 Nebraska? Both teams lose their QB, but Miami has the deeper bench, with Williams in place. Coley will run circles around that slow Husker team, and Duke will finish them off if Coley has to stop at the five for a breather.

So, 10-2 with losses at VT and to FSU is more likely.

We beat UNC on the road, a home game means a likely win there. Duke had their 10 win season, but now will fall back to reality.

The rest should be easy wins for the improved Canes.

CaneFan72, we beat Pitt in the cold of their home, why would we lose to them at home?

We beat UNC during Zero Dark Thursday in their house, why would we lose to them at home?

We have solved UVA and GT, there is no reason to lose to them now that we know their pattern.

And Cinci lost to UNC, a team we beat, why should we lose to Cinci at home?

What you call a "guarantee", is just a prediction, and a very pessimistic one at that. I bet you had Miami 4-8 this year, too.

And as for the passes the OC called, those were the only ones Morris could hit. Williams is a much better short passer, I expect more screens, crossing routes, and running back and Tight end targets than we got in the past.

Until we see Ryan Williams play an entire game, I think it's WAY too early for any analysis. Our success on offense in large part will hinge on him. He looked good mopping up after Morris against patsies last season, but beyond that is anyone's guess. If he shows well in the opener, a road game against a team that smacked us last year, and on a national stage I'll feel a lot better about the rest of the season.

We will blow a couple of games, at least

5 titles, I had Miami at break even this year just like all years since Coker left. Morris won against UNC and WF on miracle last minute drives. And in the UNC game, their receiver had the ball in his hands in the end zone for the win because of d'o and goldie's worthless prevent the Cane win NO defense. Canes should have lost those two games. Only miracle drives by Morris got Cane wins. A fair analysis on strength or lack thereof would have put Miami at 7-6 instead of 9-4, IE, break even. UF pushed Miami all over the field because of d'o. Only miracle fumbles and turnovers kept Miami in that game.

If a team or coaches need to depend on miracles, they are skating on really thin ice. goldie, shannon, and coker are mediocre coaches. I would not want them coaching my son. Yes, I know Coker won a NC - with Butch's kids, formations, and conditioning.

I said in the last blog post that this schedule sets up nicely for the Canes. Bye weeks before the two biggest games of the year (and opponents play the week before). No consecutive road games. No games in the cold. Nebraska plays at Fresno State the week before the Miami game.

I like that Louisville is the first game of the year. The Canes will have all offseason to prepare and watch tape of how they were humiliated on national television. If that doesn't motivate them, nothing will. Plus Louisville will be breaking in a new QB (so will Miami). I think having this as the first game gives Miami a better chance of winning than if the game were in the middle of the season. We will learn a lot about the 2014 Canes after week one. I want to see them put up a fight and play with a chip on their shoulder.

Kudo's to CALVIN, JSY, HARRIETTUBMANCANE and their loyal, kindred Hurricane brothers for KEEPING IT REAL and what not.

If the DC loses the Arkansas State game then fire him right then and there. Thing is, who would replace him?

I have seen Arkansas State and that is a good team. This is not an easy cake walk schedule. U play the game to win, that how it use to be at UM. These days, the program is on auto-pilot. I know there are some stellar recruits coming in. But U still got to play D.

Oh, and another thing: Labor Day games suck.

LOL @ both Goldie nd' Marky Mark. hUh

Because both Golden and D'Onofrio and y'all Goldie sycophants and apologists absolutely DIDN'T WANT TO FACE Louisville on Labor Day Night and what not.

Nonetheless, the A.C.C. POWERS THAT BE " checked " what Goldie nd' Marky Mark had to say on the conference scheduling matters!

Chit, there was a time in Miami, Florida Hurricane football history, that previous head coaches WEREN'T SCARED to open the season on the road against ANY OPPONENT. dUh


Oh, and another thing: Labor Day games suck.

Posted by: Tim | January 22, 2014 at 04:53 PM
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It's obvious your just another Goldie and Marky Mark apologists. Nothing more and nothing less.

Because like you, Golden and D'Onofrio are AFRAID to play a TOUGH Fee, Fi, Foe either on the road or at home.

Sunny Dee this staff had a month to get ready for the bowl game vs L'ville and it looked like it was the 1st game of the season.

Bobby P is no joke no matter who the qb is. And going against our non defensive staff!! Bother please...

Overall I say 7-5, 8-4.

Like canes junkie said they'll blow some games they should win!

Chit, there was a time in Miami, Florida Hurricane football history, that previous head coaches WEREN'T SCARED to open the season on the road against ANY OPPONENT. dUh
Posted by: D | January 22, 2014 at 04:55 PM

^^^^^^^^^^

But 1st it was NO LSU!!

Lol

Cowards

> MY WAY TOO EARLY PREDICTION: Miami, with a new quarterback and a lot of young pieces on the defensive line, goes 8-4 with losses at Louisville, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and at home to Florida State.

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Voila! I, too, SEE-r the Hurricane finishing the 2014 regular season with a 8-4 record. dUh

Of course, with Marky Mark calling the defensive schemes, ploys and what not. A 7-5 record is HIGHLY PROBABLE, too. hUh


Sunny Dee this staff had a month to get ready for the bowl game vs L'ville and it looked like it was the 1st game of the season.

Bobby P is no joke no matter who the qb is. And going against our non defensive staff!! Bother please...

Overall I say 7-5, 8-4.

Like canes junkie said they'll blow some games they should win!

Posted by: Nash | January 22, 2014 at 04:58 PM

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I see that NASH hasn't been BLINDED by the murky, hazy Golden light! hUh


But 1st it was NO LSU!!

Lol

Cowards

Posted by: Nash | January 22, 2014 at 05:00 PM
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Yeah, perhaps Goldie nd' Marky Mark are AFRAID to play DIFFICULT games in the early portion of the season.

Because this time the A.C.C. wouldn't HELP out Miami regarding the 2014 schedule.

And it appears that the Hurricane A.D. COULDN'T sway what the conference POWERS THAT BE had to say about the bloody matter. dUh

Bobby Petrino-sp > Goldie...

and that's WHY the Cardinal will defeat the Canes on Labor Day night. dUh

And as a Cane loyalist mentioned above. Both teams will be starting the season with a NEW SIGNAL CALLER!

So y'all Goldie nd' Marky Mark sycophants and acolytes can CHIT CAN that notion about Louisville having a new QB and what not. Huh

Bobby Petrino-sp and his Cardinal staff, also, have EIGHT MONTHS to prepare for their 2014 season opener.

So, CEASE with the notion that Goldie nd' Marky Mark have 8 months to prepare for Louisville.

Because y'all's Cane notion regarding season opener prep time is M-O-O-T!!

I never said the Canes would beat Louisville, but I still think having it as the first game of the season helps. I have no idea if the coaches will gameplan well but I believe the players will be fired up. I think they will play like they did against UF early this last season. Whether that translates into a victory, who knows. If I had to predict now I would also say 8-4. But I can see 9-3 too, with a win over Nebraska.

Miami will beat Louisville..win ,,put it down...that game past December would have closer without that Top 5 QB Bridgewater. I predict 9-3..With losses coming to FSU, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.

"UM's complete schedule -- which features 10 bowl teams and FAMU and Virginia"

Way to go and hype up a very below average and easy schedule. When in reality the sorry canes will face only one top team in FSU and 2 decent teams in Nebraska and Louisville plus the usual ACC pansies.
If you are lucky enough to win 9 games again you will be in the same place you finished in 2013. Un ranked. Irrelevant. And no chance at sniffing the playoffs.
Same old.

I see you Five Titles, 10 and 2 is very doable. I saw 10 wins last year, before the season. Al Golden disappointed me then. I hope you are more successful in your prediction for this year.

Miami will beat Louisville..win ,,put it down...that game past December would have closer without that Top 5 QB Bridgewater. I predict 9-3..With losses coming to FSU, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina.

Posted by: al | January 22, 2014 at 05:28 PM
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What a FOOL believes. Nothing more, nothing less.

And I'm guessing your one of those FOOL-MINDED CANESPACE dorks, too!

Because those FOOLS at that canespace are already predicting either a 9-3 or 10-2 season in 2014. Go bloody figures'.


I see you Five Titles, 10 and 2 is very doable. I saw 10 wins last year, before the season. Al Golden disappointed me then. I hope you are more successful in your prediction for this year.

Posted by: ChampCane | January 22, 2014 at 05:36 PM
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I suggest you get back on your MEDICATIONS! Or, perhaps you should INCREASE your dosage and what not. dUh


I have no idea if the coaches will gameplan well but I believe the players will be fired up. I think they will play like they did against UF early this last season. .

Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 22, 2014 at 05:27 PM
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If Goldie nd' Marky Mark couldn't motivate the team for a bowl game in their BACK YARD.

What makes you believe the Canes will " get fired up " for a conference road opener and what not. Especially with an 8 month gap.

And believe it or not y'all Goldie nd' Marky Mark loyalists. Louisville will probably be a SOLID TOUCHDOWN favorite and what not. OUCH!

Kudo's to CALVIN, JSY, HARRIETTUBMANCANE and their loyal, kindred Hurricane brothers for KEEPING IT REAL and what not.

Posted by: D | January 22, 2014 at 04:46 PM

I agree with you and all those listed in keeping the coach responsible for the teams results.

I am expecting success, like Five Titles posted. Or Miami should take the cost of the contract renewal without merit. That would mean Al Golden is fired.

D - you don't think the players will be fired up to face a team that just humiliated them on national TV? I know you have no faith in the Canes but any football player would be fired up for that opportunity. I don't think the players will need Golden or D'O to fire them up.

Another humiliating loss on national tv. No way is this going to be a 9-4 season. 6-6 possibly worse. Lousyville, FSU, and at least oe ,ore will be beatdowns. The one thing Golden doesn't disappoint with, is guaranteed to have a couple total embarrassing losses on nat. tv. No hope til' Golden is gone

ACC sucks, One other thing will be the same, 21-16, and it wasn't that close. 7-1 in the last 8 games against you turds. That cannot be changed, like your diaper, UFelons won't see a playoff either
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I know you have no faith in the Canes but any football player would be fired up for that opportunity. I don't think the players will need Golden or D'O to fire them up.

Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 22, 2014 at 05:49 PM
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But, I've always had FAITH in the Miami, Florida Hurricane player's and what not.

It's YOUR beloved Goldie nd' Marky Mark which I have ISSUES with and what not.

I mean how can ANY serious, loyal Cane fan-dom have faith in a couple of coaches which have EMASCULATED

I mean how can ANY serious, loyal Cane fan-dom have faith in a couple of coaches which have EMASCULATED the Hurricane football tradition and PERSONALITY.

May be that's WHY the Hurricanes come out FLAT against tough competition. ENTER the bowl game against Louisville and other games the past three seasons.

FWIW... those Miami-Dade/Broward county prep player's and or coaches, also, SEE what' happening to Hurricane football under Thee Carpetbagger's!!


Posted by: ChampCane | January 22, 2014 at 05:48 PM

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I APOLOGIZE for bringing NEGATIVITY on you, CHAMPCANE. That's all.

CHIT CAN what I said CHAMPCANE!! Again, my APOLOGIES for my CHILDISH, moronic attitude!!!

Dum dum D, go back to wherever you have (mercifully) been. You are an idiot.

Join the moronic canes1872 with a 4-8 prediction or blow hard gallo @ 6-6. Both will be wrong again, as usual, just like you. Still like A&M over the Tide?

I bet when Petrino found out he was going against DunnoToday DunnoTomorrow he started smiling. That's because he can go on vacation and not even prepare against the UM DC. It's that BAD.

Petrino is in the same category as Spurrier. Just an offensive genius. UL will easily put up 40-plus on the DC. If that's not a reason to get rid of somebody on the UM coaching staff, I don't know what is.

All you pessimistic tards have a selective thought process .I guess all turnovers in football are "miracles" like in the UF game or is it just when we get them . Don't be such an idiot whoever it was that said that. Turnovers are taken not givin unless you punter kneels on the ground . Some body has to step in front of the ball and catch it for an int and somebody has to make the hit that jars the football loose . I also want to see us play better DEF and would have liked to see a new DC this year but that did not happen and because I cant control that no matter how much I come on here and whine about it and neither can you , I will stand behind my team and do like I have done for 25 years and say go Canes.Go Canes

There is one thing for sure. Anyone that says we should win 10 games this year is smoking crack. We will have at least 9 games this year where we give 500+ yards. ANY TAKERS? Really hope I'm wrong. The bowl game last year was the real state of the U. Just sick and tired of all this losing. Miami fans have a bad rap for not going to the games. Complete B.S. in my book. The only way we have to showing the coaches and players for that matter how unhappy we are with there 13 years of crap. The whole country knew this team was a fraud...!!! Golden is a fraud. Don't like what U see on the field? Stay at home, don't donate. Money is all they are really after anyway. Since Donna got here its always been about the money. Football??? whatever... just money. Don't believe me? Then explain NEVIN!!!!!!
Call me a hater, ok that's fair. Still doesn't mean I'm wrong. WyldeBill is available for defensive coordinator. NAAA, Al does not want to win that bad.

Let' me guess.. Golden and his "process" will say how depleted the depth has been. excUses excUses excUses... I'm so sick and tired of these damn excUses!!!! If we don't win 11-12 games then UM needs to send ass packing. The current administration can say all they want to say.. They can say that they want to win. If that's the case go out and spend the extra money that we have to get to get a top-notch coach. Everybody says times are different and we never had to pay an expensive coach before. Well wake up administration times are different stop hoarding the money and go and get a great coach and staff. This is ridiculous that south Florida is one of the most fertile recruiting grounds in the entire country and he is still blaming depth issues. Recruits are not stupid these days what top-notch defense of player would want to come play for this coordinator ? If I was a parent I would never allow my child if they were a highly rated college prospect to be coached by MD. Why would you jeopardize your child's future in the hands of a Coordinator when at his best is mediocre. This is the University of Miami!!! The home of five national titles!!!! This is not acceptable anymore!!!! 11 or 12 wins next year and if that does not happen they all need to go!!!!

Posted by: Ray McDonald | January 21, 2014 at 10:38 PM

He can walk, run, drive, fly...whatever. Only Hurricane soldiers need apply. Golden flirted, so why can't he? Who cares. We'll get what we get come signing day. Enough with the star search. If the system improves as overall talent does we'll be an 11 win team like we were supposed to be this season, and play better to boot. Better 3rd down play on both sides and good health down the stretch. That's what it's all about. The rest is smoke and mirrors.

11-1 next season, ACC championship game.

The board of trustees needs to start acting like board of trustees!!!! These coaches and administrators need to be held accountable for this!!!!

Uh, they are Robbie. They are running university of which, shockingly, athletics is but a small part. Football is profitable, primarily due to huge tv contracts, so they're happy with the financial contribution it is making.


Golden here thru 2020 on current agreement@ 2+ per year. Unless there is a meltdown like 3-9 or a couple losing seasons in a row, he isn't going anywhere.

Robbie, Wylebill, good posts. Bill, you said what I've been saying for the last couple of years, money. In the socialist ACC, winning or losing, we all get paid. So why should Donna care? Since she got here, the athletic program has tanked. Even the mighty baseball has become irrelevant. They make the postseason, but don't really measure up. Until she leaves, or UM gets a real AD, expect more of the same.

All shut up#

We wil be 11-1 (FSU or VT).


One thing I meant to say, was Larranaga is a great coach. If he sticks around for awhile, he just might give UM a decent basketball program.

UM, which continues to explore adding a big-bodied running back, on Tuesday visited 6-3, 212-pound Solomon Hunter, according to Hunter. He's a two-star prospect who, according to rivals.com, has offers only from Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist

UM also started recruiting another two-star prospect this week: Mississippi-based defensive end Darrius Liggins, a former Mississippi State oral commitment who had eight sacks last season. He told canesport.com that Miami asked him to visit late this month but Liggins isn't sure; he first wants to see how his visit to Louisiana-Lafeyette goes.

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This is exactly why we have no talented depth on this football team. Golden continues to aggressively recruit kids that not just Top-25 teams don't want, but Top-50-75 teams don't want. It seriously blows my mind as to why this Miami Staff can't get good mid-level 3-star kids instead of settling for so many kids, that they will need to count on to play later, that obviously aren't even average to good D-1 prospects. But I suppose it's the nature of the new Cane Football mindset, it's just part of the process.


UM, which continues to explore adding a big-bodied running back, on Tuesday visited 6-3, 212-pound Solomon Hunter, according to Hunter. He's a two-star prospect who, according to rivals.com, has offers only from Sam Houston State and Houston Baptist

UM also started recruiting another two-star prospect this week: Mississippi-based defensive end Darrius Liggins, a former Mississippi State oral commitment who had eight sacks last season. He told canesport.com that Miami asked him to visit late this month but Liggins isn't sure; he first wants to see how his visit to Louisiana-Lafeyette goes.

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This is exactly why we have no talented depth on this football team. Golden continues to aggressively recruit kids that not just Top-25 teams don't want, but Top-50-75 teams don't want. It seriously blows my mind as to why this Miami Staff can't get good mid-level 3-star kids instead of settling for so many kids, that they will need to count on to play later, that obviously aren't even average to good D-1 prospects. But I suppose it's the nature of the new Cane Football mindset, it's just part of the process.

6 Titles you are crazy. This schedule is tough and with our terrible defense we are likely going 5-7, and no better than 6-6. Golden's friend, coach No'D, is going to cost Golden his job eventually.

You can't win with a bunch of redshirt and true freshmen on the field, and that's what we'll see next year. UM will have a new QB to break in. I can't see them doing better than 8-4 and 7-5 is quite possible, or even likely.

Five,

We don't get easy wins with that defense. Any team that can throw a slant or crossing route is in the game into the 4th quarter.

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