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October 21, 2014

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j.w.

Dude, I was thinking the same thing about situational football, we just don't get it done at all with any.

Go Canes

@AP_Top25: BREAKING: Investigation reveals scope of academic fraud at University of North Carolina; 3,100 students involved. #UNC #NCAA

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@CanesFootball: Time for a midweek business trip #BeatVT http://t.co/qvy4AUD4NX

CaneRock

A group of politicians in Miami are tired of being left out to sea when it comes to addressing climate change concerns for the southern part of the state. Their solution? Create a state of their own.

According to a report from the Sun-Sentinel, a proposal by the Mayor and South Miami City Commission calls for the legal separation of Florida into two separate states.

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/politics/2014/10/21/new-state-south-florida/17673069/

Lurker

Tomorrow's game.

My three keys to victory

1. Convert 3rd downs and extend drives, more than we have, when not scoring quick TD's. Hopefully 5 or more extended drives, with at least 2 3rd down conversions

2. No Special Team snafus on either side of the ball

3. No offensive turnovers

This assumes not playing spectularly on defense, just average

Dude on a Pale Horse

My key is to score 70 points. I guarantee we win if we score 70.

Ohio_Cane

UNC probe reveals approximately 1,500 student-athletes took bogus classes

FIFTEEN HUNDRED????? Whooooooooooooo boy....

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/unc-academic-and-athletic-officials-steered-student-athletes-to-bogus-classes-181214478.html

Go Canes

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Lurker

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | October 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM

If this is not Lack Of Institutional Control or worse yet, active and premeditated cheating to gain an advantage, on a grand scale, then I don't know what is.

To me, this is closer to death penalty territory (though I don't think that should happen), than that little worm NS providing free burgers and bowling shoes.

Terrance Sullivan

IMO 15 players need to show up big for us tomorrow to win. Duke, Dorsett, Clive, Feliciano, Kaaya, Perryman, Chick, McCord, Armbrister,Flowers, Burns, McDermott, Gunter, Bagley, Vogel. Go Canes! Beat VT!

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Dude on a Pale Horse

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Because 70 to 28 would be awesome. Much better than 29 to 28.

Lurker

Why 70 if our D has only given up more than 28 points once all season?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 03:14 PM

Great question.

I posed a serious comment regarding what I think would be the keys to victory.

Maybe I'm wrong, but it would be nice to see what others think would be their keys. Third down conversions on birth sides of the ball are a real problem, but since the offense is/should be playing better, a few more sustainable drives seem like they would take some pressure of the D.

CaneRock

Weather in B-Burg tomorrow night...but 91% humidity in 39 degree weather?...weird.

Chance of rain:0%Wind:WNW at 8 mph Humidity:91%
UV Index:0 - LowSunset:6:34 pm Moonphase:New
Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 39F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph


SJMPARMAN

Enemy Scouting Report on how well Kaaya has played this year:

The Freshman Quarterback

Brad Kaaya (6-4, 209, Fr.) is a true freshman quarterback whom Miami fans should be very excited about. He has completed 63% of his passes for 1,806 yards this season. He has 16 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He is one of just 12 quarterbacks in the country who have already thrown for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns this year, and the fact that he has done it as a true freshman makes it even more impressive.

Kaaya started out a bit slow, but it’s hard to ignore his progress:

@Louisville: 17-29 179 yards, 1 TD - 2 INTs
FAMU: 12-22 177 yards, 2 TDs - 2 INTs
Ark. State: 16-24 342 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT
@Nebraska: 28-42 359 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
Duke: 20-34 223 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT
@GT: 16-25 245 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs
Cincinnati: 17-24 286 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INT

Through his first two games, Kaya was 29-of-51 for 356 yards, with three touchdowns and four interceptions. That’s a QB rating of 119.22. However, his performance really started going up beginning with the Arkansas State game. Since that game, he is 97-of-149 for 1,455 yards, with 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. That’s a QB rating of 169.21, which is very impressive for a guy his age.

How good are the pass defenses that Kaaya has faced? Here’s a looking at the pass efficiency defense ranking of each team they’ve faced.

Louisville: #2
FAMU: 1-AA
Arkansas State: #53
Nebraska: #8
Duke: #5
GT: #85
Cincinnati: #124

Kaaya has faced a couple of duds in Georgia Tech and Cincinnati, but he has also faced three of the most efficient pass defenses in the country. His numbers against those three teams: 65-of-105 for 761 yards, with six touchdowns and four interceptions. His QB rating in those three games is 134.02. That’s not great, but it’s hardly bad either, and he took a big step forward against Nebraska and Duke after struggling in his first career game at Louisville.

It’s impossible to predict how a true freshman quarterback is going to do on a game-by-game basis, but I think it’s clear that Kaaya is a very talented player, and his ceiling is higher than any quarterback Miami has had in the last decade or more. He might come into Lane Stadium and struggle in his first Thursday night game. After all, he is 0-3 on the road this season. However, he’s already played road games at night at Louisville, Nebraska and Georgia Tech, and two of those places are tough places to play. I think he’ll be more ready for the Thursday night Lane Stadium atmosphere than any other true freshman could possibly be.

Kaaya, combined with Miami’s young skill position talent at wide receiver and at running back, could give Miami a very powerful offense in a year or two. It’s good now, but their ceiling is pretty high, assuming the Canes continue to have a solid offensive line.

http://virginiatech.sportswar.com/free-content/2014/10/21/hokies-host-miami-on-thursday-night/

Lurker

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | October 22, 2014 at 03:04 PM

You know what else, Ohio?

I bet you a stack, this goes on at 100% of the SEC schools, and is probably even way more pervasive than this example. They are experts at hiding illegalities, since we know many SEC players draw booster salaries.

Don't get me started on the sham education football players get at FSU, either.

Dude on a Pale Horse

I want to average over 50 points a season. Thump everyone.

Miami 70, VT 28.
Miami 42, UNC 31.
Miami 45, FSU 42.
Miami 63, UVA 24.
Miami 70, Pitt 35.

Would love this.

Go Canes

Wow that's a ton of great info.

Appreciate the post SJM

CaneRock

Since '98, there have been 2 VT/Miami games when neither were Top 25. Both were the only Thursday night games between VT and Miami, and VT lost them both.

Lurker

Second in the Kaaya post by SJM.

Because of the preoccupation out there with the negative, it's important to note just what levels this young man is achieving - straight out of his high school prom.

30CINCO

Posted by: CaneRock | October 22, 2014 at 04:30 PM
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Both were @ UM

WWIN

3. No offensive turnovers

This assumes not playing spectularly on defense, just average

Posted by: Lurker | October 22, 2014 at 02:44 PM

This is IMHO, not attacking you just answering your post and question.

I don't like the "no turnovers" thing. Why? Because I think you make your players scared to make a mistake which makes em play tight instead of relaxed, I don't want my players walking on eggshells. Even the best teams in the biggest games have turnovers. The key is, can your game plan afford turnovers? If no, then you need to take another look at your game plan. If you can't afford turnovers then you are expecting your players to play perfect which is impossible. Obviously we prefer to not have any turnovers tho.

Also I think the "keys to victory" are the same for every game. Play good on offense, defense, and special teams, that's every game.

CaneRock

Does this kid have an offer, reminds me of Benjamin:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7eTJehbO5Q&feature=youtu.be

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@mattyports: New @Cinesport video: Just how much credit does Miami's D deserve? How tough is Blacksburg? What's at stake vs. VT? http://t.co/bW9LnCCEfR

SOUP

Posted by: dj moonbat | October 22, 2014 at 08:53 AM

LOVE the new avatar!!!

SOUP

My key is to score 70 points. I guarantee we win if we score 70.

Posted by: The Dude | October 22, 2014 at 03:00 PM

I wouls "settle" for phity.

SOUP

NOTE TO SARASOTA:

I am so glad this new moderated blog has "lost U". U need a new hobby, blogging is not your thing, remember? LOL

Chase girls, lift weights, drink smoothies, go to Stone Mountain, go white water rafting, vist Helen, GA, just do what other people do in Atlanta?

CaneRock

SMD: The Hokies rushed for 26 yards at Pitt last week, but made some subsequent changes on the offensive line. How do you think that will help this week against a Hurricanes defense that has struggled against the run in its losses?

AB: I think Tech had to do something. That something was inserting 6-foot-6, 301-pound redshirt freshman Wyatt Teller, a former defensive lineman, into the starting lineup at left guard. He’s one of the strongest players on the team, part of a younger group that has been trying to get the mental side of things to catch up to its physical traits. He had his best game at Pitt, and the Hokies moved the ball better when he was in the game, but he’s still very raw. He’s far from a finished product.

That kind of goes for all of Virginia Tech’s ground game. Williams and the injured McKenzie are both true freshmen. Two linemen are sophomores and Teller a redshirt freshman. It was a rushing attack that averaged under 120 yards a game last year, among the worst figures in Frank Beamer’s time in Blacksburg. That number is better this year, up around 153 yards per game this year, but it still hasn’t been consistent. During the Ohio State-East Carolina-Georgia Tech stretch, the Hokies didn’t finish with more than 127 rushing yards in a game. Even in their 171-yard effort against North Carolina, they averaged only 3.0 yards per carry. So it’s been the No. 1 issue for Virginia Tech since offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler took the reins before the 2013 season. I think that group’s better, and certainly so with Williams healthy and Teller in the lineup, but it’s still not something the Hokies can rely on to win them games like they did even as recently as 2011.


SMD: Virginia Tech has been prone to allowing long passing plays this season. How will the Hokies' defense match up against a UM offense that has hit quite a few home runs?


That’s a concern. As I mentioned before, Facyson isn’t playing right now, and he was a big part of the team’s success at defending the pass last year. Kendall Fuller is a legit corner on the other side, as good as the Hokies have had in years, and Chuck Clark is emerging on the other side, but Tech has been bad against the deep ball. The Hokies have given up 24 passes of 20 yards or more, ranking 78th nationally. They’ve allowed 15 passing plays of 30 or more yards, which ranks 115th nationally. The big plays have really been the one thing holding this defense back. Safeties Kyshoen Jarrett and Detrick Bonner are seniors, but they too have been victimized this year. Given Miami’s speed, that’s certainly a concern.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2014/10/smd-it-seems-that-virginia-tech-has-been-hit-with-its-share-of-injuries-lately-including-three-tailbacks-who-missed-last-we.html#storylink=cpy

Dude on a Pale Horse

Speaking of Benjamin, what happened to Glades Central? They used to always put a bunch of guys out there, a lot of burners, it feels like its been a minute since the last one.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Brad Kaaya's build reminds me of Matt Ryan.

VA Cane

. Convert 3rd downs and extend drives, more than we have, when not scoring quick TD's. Hopefully 5 or more extended drives, with at least 2 3rd down conversions

2. No Special Team snafus on either side of the ball

3. No offensive turnovers

Very good points.

1. I would add run the ball effectively. The OL needs to provide Duke and Yerby some daylight. Give them light, they will do well. Like needs to be aggressive on runs, pick those feet up and drive people; the acks will hit holes that are there. I dont mean a 200 yard game, but a steady ground attack; get me 5 or 6.

2. Protect BK. Don't let him get sacked hit or pressured. You know they will, but keep him up as often as possible.Again the OL needs to step up.

3. No critical mistakes, especially in key situations. No false starts, offsides, face masks, personal fouls.

4. Get the run going, but keep Clive active, and do not be afraid to put PD 1 on 1 deep; take a shot.

5. Block and tackle; we wont be perfect but execute these fundamental aspects.


I look forward to this one.

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The blog has changed the last 24 hours and just when I was about to beat the dead horse. Both sides had some valid points and neither side would see it from the other side.

What time are the jersey coming out?
#Stormtroppers

Go Canes

How long will this time out last?

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I will say this how ever... We need to be playing the new game of football. He who creates more plays ie uptempo offense has more opportunities to score. The d um well, when life hands you lemons make lemonade. All I can say is these guys want to make lemon meringue and they don't have the cream.

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Awsome spreadsheet
Very dope

30CINCO

Charting the Miami Hurricanes: Cincinnati Bearcats

http://caneswarning.com/2014/10/22/charting-miami-hurricanes-cincinnati/

SOUP

How long will this time out last?

Posted by: Go Canes | October 22, 2014 at 07:43 PM

Until I say BOO!

SOUP

Actually until game time tomorrow night.

Then the gloves come off!

SOUP

Coach Muschamp is clearly stalled in the Swamp in Gainesville. His team is 3-3 and 2-3 in the SEC. He just got beat down by Missouri at home by 29 points. His special teams gave up three scores and his defense can't catch a break. His offense, well we can't even talk about his offense, because if we do the NSA will crack down on us. They have these spies and drones and all. If only the Gators had some of those then they might score, right?

SOUP

Coach Sumlin was the talk of the town. He was the King Bee and all about this and that. Then he went to Texas A&M where Johnny Football left and the team was left without a leader and seems to still be searching for one. But that leader may not be Coach Sumlin who often look lost and pondering on the sidelines during TAMU games. Oh so you don't believe me? Well the Aggies are 5-3, with all of their losses coming in the SEC. They lost to Ole Miss by 15, to Mississippi State by 17 and then lost embarrassingly to Alabama 59-0 last Saturday. Now that is clearly going to leave a mark!

SOUP

You do the Hokey-Pokey and you turn it all about, that's what it's all about. Head coaching savior Brady Hoke was going to resurrect the Michigan team from their desperate struggles and bring them back to competing with the big boys like Ohio State and Notre Dame. Then he failed miserably at that task and turned to other more manageable issues like taking out the garbage. And apparently, there is a lot of garbage in Michigan. Hoke is 3-4 this season and 1-2 in his conference. He got shut out by Notre Dame 31-0 and also lost to Rutgers and Minnesota. Oh my, that can't be good?

SOUP

Charlie Strong walked out of Louisville, Kentucky and confidently into the big, proud State of Texas proclaiming that he would do what Mack Brown could not do. He openly said that he would return the Texas Longhorns to being a National Championship contender and that he would do it soon. Well his first season is not going so well and who knows what is next for the confident Mr. Strong in the Lone-star State. He is 3-4 overall and 2-2 in his own conference. Yeah, not so good, right?

YooperCane

Anyone here going to Blacksburg? tough place for us to play...plus the weather always seems to play a factor. Canes don't like cold weather, hell I don't and I live in this shit 7 months out of the year, LOL!

SOUP

Sinister...I read your unpublished comment. U are a complete FOOL. Please leave Canespace. Thank U.

raizecane

All i want is a beat down of VT tomorrow night....

Laquinton

Last game the Canes played in the cold they came outb with their shirts off and balled out vs Pitt

SOUP

Sinister...much RESPECT to you and your family. Take care and be well.

#GoCanes

raizecane

In case you are wondering...my new avatar is from a Hurricanes fan who attended the USF game a couple of years ago......just saying :-)

YooperCane

Yeah, I guess the cold factor went out the window. Lets kick some butt tomorrow and enjoy some barbecue Hokie on the grill with some Rum-N-Cokes!

SJMPARMAN

Looks like the weather will be okay. Kickoff should be about 46 with clear skies and a light 6 mph wind. Wind chill will be 43. That is cold for Floridians but really not so bad for up here. One the guys start running around, they won't feel it.

I posted the Kaaya stats earlier because I knew he was playing great and those did confirm that. I mean by God this program has waited a long time for a QB like this and he should be the talk of the town. Remember the lost decade of QB U stuck with guys like Kyle Wright (not bad until he got beat up and lost his confidence), Kirby Freeman, Robert Marve, Jacory Harris, and Stephen Morris? Kaaya is a flat out stud and I predict he will break all UM records if he plays here four years.

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