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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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We really don't know what this team is going to be like on offense. We will still need to outscore teams to have a chance.

Those of you predicting 9 wins realize we will have a new QB, a recovering Duke Johnson, and new personnel on the offensive line.

We already know what the defense is going to look like.

7 win season.

Golden wont have two QBS ready to play in the event of injury to one same at running back, Duke will have limited duty beginning of season, Crawford cant carry team and fumbles, play young guys 1st. Our defense will have several 500 yard games with current scheme, DC will get praise how good he is doing from Al but the total ACC will be laughing in the end zones at our coachs getting blown out again and again. Losing to Duke again will seal the deal on changing entire defense coacing staff, plus put Al in position to take another job in the east.

They go undefeated and shock the world!!!!!

RIP Sean Taylor and Bryan Pata

Go Canes!

Agreed, HTC. One killer caught, the other deserving to be caught.

when are you geniuses going to realize that until we get athletes. until now we havent had enough athletes, or depth. Duke goes down, and we were done. We got decimated at wide receiver as well- with Dorsett going down. Morris was injured all year and it puzzles me why Golden and Coley didnt put Williams in more.

Once we get a 2 deep at all positions, we'll be fine

Until then 9 wins is a good thing.

And by the way- the Offensive line was justthat--- OFFENSIVE.

CAlvin- How do you know Golden is afraid to go into L-town or O-town? have you asked him? And wa randy Shannon afraid to go to carol City or hialeah? What about lauderdale lakes or PLatation?

Sec,
I like your optimism. You may be right about the depth.
9 wins was a good thing and will be a good thing.

I don't think you are right about there being any depth or significant upgrade in talent ON THE FIELD this year.

I don't believe in AG at all anymore, but will be really happy with a 9-4 season....

Seriously.

Sheesh, realism and no real hope of anything major has taken its toll.

Go Canes.

CAlvin- How do you know Golden is afraid to go into L-town or O-town? have you asked him? And wa randy Shannon afraid to go to carol City or hialeah? What about lauderdale lakes or PLatation?

Posted by: The SEC is overrated and top heavy | January 24, 2014 at
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I'll address this moron myself, normally i ignore people like you. Here's what you can do, don't speculate or think i am, so this is for you, 1200 N.W. 6th Ave, that's the address to BOOKER T. WASHINGTON, than go round 71st St off about off about 10th ave, that'll bring you to the West, or go to around 17th ave and 95th St. that'll get u to Central, than after that trout on over to round 36th and 17th ave where dela them at and that'll bring you to Jackson, just make you circuit around there, talk to the players and ask them has those penn disgrace morons been to their homes.

And than come back and talk to me. When you dumb enuff to ask those randy shannon questions, when clearly he was one of the main ones recruiting Carol City you must be a moron, i'll help give you a clue, go see how santana moss got to UM in the first place, that's just one. It's obvious you don't know the landscape of Miami asking those dumb arse questions, almost anybody from Miami, particulalrly Liberty City & Overtown would laugh at you for asking that and than whoop your arse.

You keep being happy with mediocrity, you're part of the new UM fan base who don't have a clue and are stupid enuff to believe we don't have the players, keep listening to those penn disgrace morons who don't know much, pretty soon, they'll be gone one way or another.

"165/280 for 2075 yards in 12 games...su...ks green pea.....10 INT's...even worse not to mention that the team went 1-11......"
So he did that well on a team that was that bad. Perhaps those 10 INTs (I noticed how you ignore the 13 TDs) were because the team was behind on the scoreboard and he needed to try to bring the team back.

"ryan williams is a disaster.....he is a high school QB....nothing more...."
You are judging Ryan Williams the senior based on Ryan Williams the freshman? You truly have no clue about football, do you?

"2010 ranking #81 out of a total of 100....awful"
2010 ranking was actually #77, with a QBR of 124.9. Better than our own Jacory Harris, UF's Brantley, Washington's Locker, and only 2.6 worse than Super Bowl QB Russell Wilson. As a Freshman, on a bad team with no recievers. How did those QBs do the next year?
Harris had a QBR of 150 and was #20 in the nation.
Brantley had a QBR of 140 and was #36 in the nation.
Locker went to the NFL, with a QBR that you claim was high school level.
Wilson had a QBR of 191 and was #1 in the nation. So PERHAPS Williams can do better with a year of experience, just like Harris, Brantley, Locker, and Wilson did.


"your just an idiot.....like most here"
When you call someone an idiot, it usually pays to know the difference between your and YOU'RE. But when you call someone an idiot, it ends up backfiring anyway, since they have already proven to be smarter than you in many different discussions on here. Also, you hang out daily with people that you consider to be idiots. What does that say about YOU?

Posted by: Jim Gallo | January 23, 2014 at 05:02 PM

Manny Please!
6-6 at best. We have no current QB we can count on and no guarantee Duke comes back to his previous form. Besides Golden has decided to keep one of the country's most incapable and awful Defensive coordinators, so your prediction must include a large dose of wishful thinking.

CANESFAN72 !! WOOWW I couldn't have said it better!! Exactly my thoughts!! 6-6 at BEST!!! Lots of excuses. Blame the Kids as always. blahblahblah

jerry and canefan 72- blame the kids? what is you all stupid?

So youre saying that Miamis roster is as good as Albamas, Auburns, FSU, or Oregon?

Youre saying that our QB was better?
Youre saying that our Dline was better?
Your saying that our LB play, corners was better?

How many players is UM putting out into th NFl draft in the first round?

THAT FOR EVERYONE HERE IS THE PROOF OF MIAMIS DOWNFALL: THE NUMBER OF FIRST ROUNDERS, SECOND ROUNDERS AND OVERALL DRAFTED IS ABSOLUTE PROOF ABOUT HOW BADLY WE HAVE RECRUITED UNTIL LAST YEAR. UNTIL THESE KIDS MATURE, AND ONLY UNTIL RANDY SHANNONS RECRUITS LEAVE, UM WILL BE AT BEST 9-4.

NEXT YEAR THEY WILL BE 10-2 AT THE END OF THE SEASON, LOSE THE AC CH, FINISH 10-3, THEN THEY WILL WIN THEIR BOWL TO FINISH 11-3

Take that to your sorry,pessimistic, miami hating crib

The Canes will be back and Williams will be okay.. I don't know if he'll sustain the year as a starter but, going into spring with some experience vs none at all gives us a punchers chance to win some games. Olson and Cali Frost...PENDING"" Better prepare for gametime. For Olsen, The time has come and questions will be asked, Is he ready? Has he been working or partying? Time to show up young men.. R. Williams is gonna go hard cause this is his OPPORTUNITY at his Big Shot at The U.. If we do go 6-6, as a fan I can only hope we don't get BLEW OUT in those losses. Stay competitive and shoot, give us a shot to pull one off...
Players gotta start making plays now!!

I don't think anyone has said Miami's roster is as good as Alabama, FSU, or Oregon (Auburn is a bad example for you because that team was 0-8 in the SEC the year before with the same roster, and as soon as they got a new coach they won the SEC).

However, Miami's roster was better than Duke's and Va. Tech's. It was also much better than Wake and UVA (who they struggled to beat). Recruiting wise, they ranked higher than all of those teams. They also ranked higher than Louisville, believe it or not.

I hope they get 11 wins next year, but I don't have any evidence to support my hope. Neither do you. Randy's kids have been some of the best players for Miami under Golden so far (Lamar Miller, Vernon, Stephen Morris, Hankerson, Hurns, Linder). Meanwhile, nobody on defense other than Gunter has improved under Golden and his staff since they have arrived. While I agree the talent has been down compared to UM team's in the past, it still is not as bad as the above-mentioned teams. And I have my concerns that when the talent does arrive (and it is arriving with this recruiting class) that they will not live up to their potential. My most rational hope was that Golden knows he and his staff must get better and they will work harder and change their ways to make that happen. But his last press conference put a damper on that hope.

I do feel like Miami is on the verge of being great again but I am not convinced this coaching staff will take them over the top. I hope I am wrong.

I don't think anyone has said Miami's roster is as good as Alabama, FSU, or Oregon (Auburn is a bad example for you because that team was 0-8 in the SEC the year before with the same roster, and as soon as they got a new coach they won the SEC).
However, Miami's roster was better than Duke's and Va. Tech's. It was also much better than Wake and UVA (who they struggled to beat). Recruiting wise, they ranked higher than all of those teams. They also ranked higher than Louisville, believe it or not.
I hope they get 11 wins next year, but I don't have any evidence to support my hope. Neither do you. Randy's kids have been some of the best players for Miami under Golden so far (Lamar Miller, Vernon, Stephen Morris, Hankerson, Hurns, Linder). Meanwhile, nobody on defense other than Gunter has improved under Golden and his staff since they have arrived. While I agree the talent has been down compared to UM team's in the past, it still is not as bad as the above-mentioned teams. And I have my concerns that when the talent does arrive (and it is arriving with this recruiting class) that they will not live up to their potential. My most rational hope was that Golden knows he and his staff must get better and they will work harder and change their ways to make that happen. But his last press conference put a damper on that hope.
I do feel like Miami is on the verge of being great again but I am not convinced this coaching staff will take them over the top. I hope I am wrong.
Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 24, 2014 at 03:23 PM

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I agree with every last word of it!!

I don't think anyone has said Miami's roster is as good as Alabama, FSU, or Oregon (Auburn is a bad example for you because that team was 0-8 in the SEC the year before with the same roster, and as soon as they got a new coach they won the SEC).
However, Miami's roster was better than Duke's and Va. Tech's. It was also much better than Wake and UVA (who they struggled to beat). Recruiting wise, they ranked higher than all of those teams. They also ranked higher than Louisville, believe it or not.
I hope they get 11 wins next year, but I don't have any evidence to support my hope. Neither do you. Randy's kids have been some of the best players for Miami under Golden so far (Lamar Miller, Vernon, Stephen Morris, Hankerson, Hurns, Linder). Meanwhile, nobody on defense other than Gunter has improved under Golden and his staff since they have arrived. While I agree the talent has been down compared to UM team's in the past, it still is not as bad as the above-mentioned teams. And I have my concerns that when the talent does arrive (and it is arriving with this recruiting class) that they will not live up to their potential. My most rational hope was that Golden knows he and his staff must get better and they will work harder and change their ways to make that happen. But his last press conference put a damper on that hope.
I do feel like Miami is on the verge of being great again but I am not convinced this coaching staff will take them over the top. I hope I am wrong.
Posted by: Sunny Dee | January 24, 2014 at 03:23 PM

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

I agree with every last word of it!!

Posted by: Nash | January 24, 2014 at 04:24 PM

I agree with both of your words. As well as agree with all the previous posters agreeing to hold Al Golden responsible for the lack of success of the Miami Hurricanes' football team.

Sunny,
You nailed it...without being a partisan beeotsch.

This is where we are.

Until Golden beats a team who is relevant, UM is not. All this we don't have this or that, truth is those players we don't have don't just get recruited, they get coached. The one factor missing, is this coach can't coach. So no matter the recruiting class for the next 5 years, UM will not be much better than they are now. The proof this is a fact shows on the field, where it counts. Look at UGA, top 10 classes for 10 years straight, but the coaching isn't top 10. They are good, but not elite, even with great recruiting. Facts are facts. Not opinions, Golden hasn't even come close to competing against any "GOOD" teams. UM is exactly where it was when LSU smacked us with a back-up QB in the peach bowl, and the coaching, or lack of is still the same!

The 99 team won 9 games and came back 11-1 and #2 in nation. Ok Dorsey got broken in during 99, but Williams as a fill gap with the talent we have, AND NO #1 OVERALL NFL DRAFT PICK TEDDY, and its a U win. Louisville was carried by Teddy....Sorry, but true.....We are deeper now than Lousiville especially adding a top 10 class.

Anything can happen. At Louisville, At Nebraska, at Virgina Tech. We win those 3 games, and it can propel us to a great year. Now, we will have depth and all WR's are back, TE's are back, RB Duke is healthy, D will be better, DB's will be better. . 10-2.11-1

This team does not lack talent it lacks player development which makes it seem there is a lack of talent

I tell U how bad Miami situation is, I have bashed them so bad with facts and articles about Golden and His best friend, that Blake James sent me a email saying if you would like to talk about it please call me.... Its been 2 days, I have been calling him and he has not called me back, they told me he has my number and a voicemail that I left, He knows deep down he can not win with all of the information I have sent and tweeted....... COWARD, If U want the message he sent to me, I WILL PROVIDE.....

Rick, we all completely believe that the Athletic Director of the University of Miami is very concerned with your blog posts.

Teflon Al won't have any of the disaster that will be next season stick to him. It will all be blamed on Shapiro, the facilities, and an empty stadium.

Dom... Teddy didn't play defense for Louisville so while he may have carried their offense, he didn't carry their defense that shut us down for the most part.

Hey guys how about a new story?
It's been days with the same old.
Any news about the Louisiana Lafayete 2 star kid we offered?
Did he finally agree to come down for a visit?
I suggest Golden sells him an the weather, it must surely be a lot colder where ever he is.
In fact that should be Golden's main selling point, the nice weather. Also throw in the hot South Beach chicks. Maybe get LeBron and Wade to show up to a game or two, you know Star Power. And of course sell them on a history lesson, bring up the teams and success of the 80s and 90s.
I am available for Blake James, Golden or Shalala to discuss these suggestions and more.

9-3 losses to Nebraska, vatech, fsu......rebounds to lose heartbreaker in ot to fsu in acc championship

Not a bad 2014 schedule, there are 3 teams that the Canes should beat, 3 teams that they can beat if the play like the Canes of old and 6 teams that they better not overlook. 10 bowl teams from 2013, that means they were in the top 64 teams in the country, since there were 32 bowls games. Nice schedule, hope the Canes will be ready. Go Canes in 2014, looking forward to a good season.

I agreewith how sunny dee put it but I disagree with some of the points and the other ones-

While kids need to be coached, Many of the busts that UM has had is 100% on them and maybe they were just not what they were hyped up to be- Someoen here mentioned Vernon- really? Vernon? What did he do? I suppose youalso think Calais Campbell was a stud at Miami eh? HAnkerson had ONE good year at Miami. Before that lestyou forget, he was a dropping ball machine with butter fingers. Hurns had 2 good years at Miami- not coincidentally the last two with Golden. Stephen Morris? He like Jacorry threw for a lot of yards BUT DOES ANYONE HERE THINK THE LAST TWO YEARS UNDER MORRIS WERE SUCCESFUL? 9-4 WASNT BAD, BUT HE MAJOR LEAGUE CHOKED UNDER THE LIGHTS. HE CHOKED AGAINST NOTREW DAME, HE CHOKED AGAINST FLORIDA, ONLY TO BE BAILED OUT BY.... WAIT FOR IT OUR DEFENSE, HE CHOKED AGAINST VA TECH, HE CHOKED AGAINST FSU AND HE CHOKED AGAINST DUKE AND UL. PEWRIOD.
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This team has not had talent period. Maybe here and there, yes. Lamar Miller yes. But who back up Lamar Miller? Damien Berry. The same Damien Berry who couldnt get a yard against Clemson. Mike James. Who here thinks Mike James is the impersonation of Adrain Peterson?

Miami has nothad NFL talent and that is why Miami has s-ked over the last 5 years. Where are the players from the classes of 2008 and 2009? Some in the NFL very few starting. I can only think of about 3. This is rdidculous foir Miami and is THE reason for 7-6, 6-6, 9-4. Period. Coaching or not, you cannot get a team to 11-2 with the personnel we have had ESPECIALLY AT THE KEY POSITIONS OF QB, RB, D-LINE AND CORNERS. QUARTERBACK PLAY ESPECIALLY HAS BEEN THE TELL TELL SIGN OF OUR DOWNFALL. LOOK AT EVERY SINGLE SUCCESFUL PROGRAM IN THE LAST 5 YRS AND THE NATIONAL CH. THEY ALL HAD A STUD QB WHO LIMITED MISTAKES AND WON THOSE KEY GAMES. DROVE THE TEAM DOWN BY 4 WITH 1 MINUTE LEFT TO WIN A BIG GAME. NOT THROW 3, 4, 5 INTS. NOT GET SACKED 5 TIMES DESPITE HAVING 2 330 LB PLAYERS ON THE O LINE. JAMEIS WINSTON, CAM NEWTON, AJ MCCARRON. EVEN TEBOW. LEADERS AT QB. THE WHOLE TEAM RALLIES AROUND THAT. MIAMI HAS NOT HAD THAT SINCE KEN DORSEY

G8rseet,

Very good points as well.

Looking fwd, looks like RW gets the initial nod for 2014.

He should start vs. UL, but will probably be mixed in with Olsen by the 3rd or 4th series of he has a rough start.

Olsen? huge Question mark. The off field issues he had this year don't bode well. That AG has heavily courted Kaaya and even the late offer to Treon Harris is a natural recruiting need, but it seems like the smell test there indicates a REAL urgency exposing what the coaching really thinks of Olsen at this point.

I'd gladly take a Brock "Telegraph" Berlin right now; LOLOL.

I know it's highly unlikely that Kaaya gets his chance in 2014, but if we stumble out of the gate and get into a hole, maybe AG will put him in.

These days, a marquee QB talent is only around for 2 years of actual playing, if used right - a RS Freshman year, two years starting, off the NFL...

You're right. Every QB since Dorsey has been nothing but a BUST, stats notwithstanding.

Gosh, just thinking about it...Kyle Wright. YYYikes.

Patrick Nix? ugh.

Whippple Ball? good until DCs figured him out.

We really felt the loss of J. Fisch this year.

Wondering if Coley is going to develop. That FSU improved without him and we had some statistical fluttering both ways is real cause for concern, especially considering our performance late in the season w/out a running game and a one trick pony in SMO17.

4 down linemen Hurricane run defense and man to man Hurricane pass coverage equals Miami Hurricane National Championship.

http://youtu.be/bh48SEewKEw

But you can not teach stupid goldie nor d'o nor fans anything when their heads are full of concrete or stinky stuff.

From Bruce Feldman….

From @JohnProwell: is al golden really turning Miami around? Does not feel like we are close to contending

After three seasons, you’d think we’d have a better handle on that, but I honestly don’t have a feel for that. As for your second comment, I’d agree it doesn’t feel like UM is close to contending under Golden. Certainly not with the way Miami looked in that bowl game or losing four of its last six games of 2013 with the closest margin of those defeats being by 18 points (against Duke and Va. Tech).

I do believe Golden has made it a much more stable program and shepherded it through brutal circumstances with that NCAA/Nevin Shapiro mess. And he deserves a ton of credit for that, but the product on the field simply hasn’t been strong enough. I suspect he’d tell you that too. In his three seasons, UM is 22-15 and just 13-11 in ACC play. Worse still, Miami has been hammered by almost every ranked team it has faced the past two seasons. Take out the early season win over a soon to be free-falling Florida team and Golden’s teams lost to ranked opponents since 2012 by a combined margin of about 40-10.

It’s not like UM doesn’t have some firepower either and the Canes had a big experienced O-line, but they just flopped. They got mauled by Louisville in their bowl game. The D has been horrible and doesn’t have any real difference-makers in the front seven.

I’ve heard good things about some of the players Golden is expected to sign this winter, but it seems like he’s going to need a few of those young DLs to step up in a hurry. Also, it seems a stretch to think one of his QBs is ready to lead UM to more than eight wins in 2014. Another 8-4 season would be tough for Miami fans to stomach, especially with FSU on top of the college football world.

http://mweb.cbssports.com/ncaaf/writer/bruce-feldman/24419062/mailbag-sorting-out-the-wr-class-in-the-nfl-draft

If you were a good defensive player, would you want to play for Mark D'onofrio? I can't believe this guy is still employed here. Even with good players, some team with a good scheme will always take us down.

Rick currently in the lead for top 2014 delusion. We are all sure the AD called you because of your blinding insights. Also in the running for the "Why do they call it dope" award.

Yeah Nash,
I got started into whining about how the next two years are gonna suck as soon as we lost to VT this year, precisely because of those reasons.

I am pumped about the class coming in, but is it at all realistic to expect that any more than a few will have a measurable impact a la Duke and S. Coley, especially on the Defensive front?

Can C. Thomas and Moten help make Chick an impact? Will DZP have any real help? I don't really see any impact LBs in this class...Young and McCray can't be expected to be difference makers, can they?

From Bruce Feldman….

From @JohnProwell: is al golden really turning Miami around? Does not feel like we are close to contending

After three seasons, you’d think we’d have a better handle on that, but I honestly don’t have a feel for that. As for your second comment, I’d agree it doesn’t feel like UM is close to contending under Golden. Certainly not with the way Miami looked in that bowl game or losing four of its last six games of 2013 with the closest margin of those defeats being by 18 points (against Duke and Va. Tech).

I do believe Golden has made it a much more stable program and shepherded it through brutal circumstances with that NCAA/Nevin Shapiro mess. And he deserves a ton of credit for that, but the product on the field simply hasn’t been strong enough. I suspect he’d tell you that too. In his three seasons, UM is 22-15 and just 13-11 in ACC play. Worse still, Miami has been hammered by almost every ranked team it has faced the past two seasons. Take out the early season win over a soon to be free-falling Florida team and Golden’s teams lost to ranked opponents since 2012 by a combined margin of about 40-10.

It’s not like UM doesn’t have some firepower either and the Canes had a big experienced O-line, but they just flopped. They got mauled by Louisville in their bowl game. The D has been horrible and doesn’t have any real difference-makers in the front seven.

I’ve heard good things about some of the players Golden is expected to sign this winter, but it seems like he’s going to need a few of those young DLs to step up in a hurry. Also, it seems a stretch to think one of his QBs is ready to lead UM to more than eight wins in 2014. Another 8-4 season would be tough for Miami fans to stomach, especially with FSU on top of the college football world.

http://mweb.cbssports.com/ncaaf/writer/bruce-feldman/24419062

Read the above INSIGHTFUL and TRUE notion about y'all's Goldie nd' Marky Mark...

and LET Y'ALL'S HATE begin to bellow!!!!

Again, Miami will be FORTUNATE to go 8-4 in 2014 and allow the INSIGHTFUL opinion above second my supreme notion. hUh

EMPHASIS on Golden and D'Onofrio's conference record in three seasons... a PATHETIC " 13-11! "

Yeah, yeah I understand the BLAME falls on Randy's player's and what not. So bloody what.

Here's the real deal, guys like dzp and 3g were better players coming out of highschool than after being coached here learning these penn disgrace phhaggotts sissy coaching techniques. I'm afraid, chad thomas will come in here balling too and than they'll start asking him to the same stupid things they've been asking all of our d-linemen to do, and that's out of the ordinary crap, asking d-linemen to drop into to coverage is pathetic.

How many d-linemen actually make plays in the passing game in college or the pro's, it's just stupid to even ask for it, and than when nothing happens, these moron coaches turn-around and than start blaming the players by saying we have to get more talent in the front seven.

See the dallas cowboys getting torched weekend and weekout!

###It’s a light weekend for UM recruiting visits, among seniors.

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That's because ZERO uncommitted players left in the Top-300 are even considering U. And of course, ZERO committed players will flip to U. It's just late Jan. free recruiting trips. While all the Top-Programs are hosting 8-10 Top kids that will commit or flip.

It's called CLOSING ... Which Goldie n Co. haven't done yet.

#2StarTempleTalent

you guys suck ass, 9-4 7-7 123 whatever why not undefeated??? all you fucktards have no balls Go Canes!

Cane1872 fantasizes about 4 defensive linemen. What a bad 1 trick pony.

Good article Nash, it shows the real reasons Golden is not at Penn State now. He could not fool the hiring committee. Fooling Shalala was much easier, that and the fact UM was desperate knowing what was coming.
I know he has a contract for way too many years, but I still wish they could fire this failure.

The real truth is our coachs will be out played in almost every game, no offense scheme and no defense scheme means a major problem, 1st get rid of defense coachs start new with a man whom knows football and can teach Golden how to adjust and plan and watch film, dont complain about talent you are what you recurit Golden. I see Miami at 6-6 this year at best, includes 2 nobodys and one easy victory in Virgina. Another loss to Duke and VT AND GT of couse FSU NC Neb. maybe Loisville again Bobby can coach.

Be nice for a new blog regarding recruiting. Who's visiting ? Who's liable to commit or flip to us ?

Vantentine ? Thomas visiting FSU this weekend ? Kaaya back in L.A. ?

Good effort by the Basketball team.

Hs, got you down for 6-6. You'll be wrong of course, but I suspect you know that.

Morris was a stinky QB that showed no progress and blamed it all on an an "ankle" injury. If it was that severe then he should have not been playing. Right? Was our backup that bad where we had to play an injured QB? If that is true then Kevin Olsen will battle senior Ryan Williams for the starting job this fall.

"Do the Hurricanes go short-term and go with seniority and experience, or should they think about the future and take some lumps with a redshirt freshman, eventually jelling offensively?" Or one of the incoming freshman?

I say whoever is the QB better have WON that job period. The best man gets it PERIOD!!!!

Cane1872 fantasizes about 4 defensive linemen. What a bad 1 trick pony.
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Canefan1872 fantasizes about an undefeated season and a national championship.

Canefan1872 fantasizes about 4 down linemen on defense and LBs moved to within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage.

Canefan1872 fantasizes about man to man pass coverage and blitzes to sack the other QBs.

Canefan1872 fantasizes about the Cane offense moving the ball down the field with first downs by 10 - 15 yard pass completions.

Canefan1872 fantasizes about a big back offense that can guarantee a five yard gain on a running play.

Canefan1872 fantasizes about No fat linemen and Canes all being in shape to play the whole game with no substitutions each play.

But alas, these are 6 trick pony fantasies because goldie, d'o, shalalaalal, the AD, the BofT, and Cane fans and players are all a bunch of morons accepting mediocrity.

As has been repeatedly pointed out, only a moron living in the distant past thinks D is played without subs. And only a number illiterate can't count linemen--- we play 4 on D most of the time.

I'm usually only the glass half fill side, but somehow I just worry about the QB position. Anyone that sat behind Moriss last year had to be not ready for prime time.
Of course, Al wasn't going to bench Morris. Everyone else, YES.
Nearly every team the canes play has a better than average offense. If the past is any indicator, UM will have to average 30 a game (not counting FAMU) to end up 8-4.
Don't disais Arkansas St. They've had some very good coaches come through there recently.

It hurts to say this, but I believe this will be a 7-5 year. Too many tough away games, and FSU is really not a home game anymore.
Sure wish we could play the Gaturds 5-6 times. And "what not." Ad infinitum "D."

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