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My NFL Week 7 picks: Will the winless Dolphins cover the enormous point spread in Buffalo? Who’ll prevail in our Game of the Week? Can we keep our Upset of the Week streak alive? Answers to all of that and more in the gridiron motherlode that is our NFL Week 7 Gems.
Our most recent columns: LeBron Follows Company Line On China After Career Devoted to Social Justice and No Sacrifice Too Great For Tanking-For-Tua Dolphins. Also: Another Dolphins Loss, But There was Fight And Heart This Time / Hurricanes Finally Get Quality Win — And The Spark They Needed / Why Is NBA Doing Business With Human Rights-Violating China In First Place? / Now Or Never For Panthers To Stop Wasting The Barkov Years / and ‘Culture’ Isn’t Enough. It’ll Take These 5 Factors to Lift Miami Heat.
G7: GEORGIA TECH AT HURRICANES: MIAMI SHOULD ROLL IN HOME HIGH NOONER: We’ll all be broiling for Saturday’s noon start at Hard Rock as Miami (3-3 overall, 1-2 ACC) tries to build momentum off last week’s nice home win over ranked Virginia. It better not should not be problem against a down Georgia Tech program that is 1-5 overall, 0-3 in the conference and an 18-point underdog here. This has the makings of a lopsided rout. I’d be surprised if it’s still competitive in the second half. Tech is struggling under a new coach and its move to a pro-style offense. Gone are the days of that vaunted Yellow Jackets triple-option attack. Tech still runs the ball well, but run defense is UM’s strength, and the Jackets have no passing game to speak of. Offensively the Hurricanes go with QB N’Kosi Perry (pictured) again as Jarren Williams continues to recover from a shoulder ailment — but Miami figures to do most of its damage on the ground. Tech’s run defense is abysmal, allowing 238 yards per game. DeeJay Dallas should be looking at this matchup like a big dog looks at a meaty bone. This game ends a rare five-game homestand for Miami. The schedule toughens from here, with four of the last five regular season games on the road starting next week at Pitt. So Canes seek a big win Saturday as a big sendoff. They should get it. Cote’s pick: Hurricanes, 38-10.
Watch for latest Canes postgame poll: The new Canesfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll will appear online and here right after today’s game ends, likely around 3:30.
Other state FBS games: FAU lost at home Friday to Marshall, 36-31. Today/Saturday: No. 9 Florida at South Carolina noon, South Florida at Navy 3:30, East Carolina at UCF 7, UTEP at FIU 7 and Florida State at Wake Forest 7:30.
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APSE-HONORED WORK: The Associated Press Sports Editors 2018 writing awards ranked us a Top 10 national sports columnist in the major-outlet category. Thanks, APSE. Here are the five nominated columns that earned the honor: At Doral, an annual tradition since 1962 is replaced by silence, and by what’s missing / Marlins’ Jose Fernandez statue is divisive yet has a chance to serve a greater purpose /NFL has moral obligation to help Buonicontis and Kiicks while it limits future suffering / What led to El Clasico Miami began with Joe Robbie’s unlikely, accidental love of soccer / With 59 home runs, Stanton still had a magic season. Just hope this wasn’t goodbye.
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