After back-to-back heartbreaking losses, our Miami Dolphins are back at it again this time versus a Cincinnati Bengals team that has made quite the turnaround since their season opening embarrassing 44-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. For the Dolphins it will be a combination of playing hard-nose defense and being able to put points on the board, which our offense led by rookie sensation Ryan Tannehill is capable of doing. In last Sunday’s overtime loss to Arizona, “Tanny” threw for 431 yards braking Dan Marino’s rookie record by 99 yards! Although he only had one touchdown, it was an 80 yard bomb to Brian Hartline, who is quickly Tannehill’s favorite receiver. Hartline also set some records with his 253 receiving yards on 12 catches. He also leads the NFL with 455 yards four weeks into the season. The Dolphins committed three costly turnovers during the last 9 minutes of overtime at Arizona that sealed the victory for the Cardinals. This Sunday will be the first time Cincinnati and Miami meet since Oct 31st, 2010, where our Dolphins delivered a victory. Although we might not be considered a playoff team, it’s obvious that our beloved Dolphins are finally heading in the right direction. With “Tanny” showing poise in the pocket and a highly motivated defense that has shown signs of greatness. There is one clear thing this Miami Dolphins team has that last year’s team under Sparano didn’t…excitement!
University of Miami
The Hurricanes have a huge opportunity at jumping back into the national spotlight when they visit Notre Dame’s Fighting Irish on Saturday in Chicago. The Hurricanes must establish their high power offense averaging 35.6 points per game versus a very tough Irish defense that only allows an average of 9.0 points per game. “I’ve been waiting for this game since my freshman year” said UM junior quarterback Stephen Morris who last week threw for a school and ACC record 566 yards to outscored North Carolina State, 44-37. This week will be no different as Morris will test a very young Irish secondary.
Miami vs. (9) Notre Dame / 7:30PM ET, OCTOBER 6, 2012 / Soldier Field, CHICAGO, IL
Florida Atlantic University
The Owls have a much needed bye week in order to get their game plan together to face a University of Louisiana-Monroe that put up 63 points on a win versus Tulane last week. It won’t be an easy task for the Owls, ULM was predicted to finish at the bottom of the Sun Belt Conference but after beating #8 Arkansas and having close games with Baylor and Auburn it’s obvious that the ULM Warhawks have their own agenda.
Florida Atlantic vs. LA – Monroe / 8:00PM ET, OCTOBER 13, 2012 /Malone Stadium, MONROE, LA
Florida State Seminoles
The Florida State Seminoles (5-0) ranked #3 in the AP POLL featuring their ACC leading defense composed by its two top pass rushers Cornellius Carradine and Bjoern Werner with 13 ½ sacks between them will take their show on the road to face North Carolina State (3-2) at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, NC. For the Wolfpack, their main concern will be protecting Mike Glennon at quarterback who’s looking for redemption a year after the Noles smothered the Wolfpack 34-0. Finishing with two interceptions, sacked four times and a career low 130 yards passing it was one of Mike Glennon’s worst performances. The Noles led by senior quarterback EJ Manuel have lost 3 of their last 5 visits to N. Carolina St.
(3) Florida State vs. N. Carolina State / 8PM ET, OCTOBER 6, 2012 / Carter-Finley Stadium, RALEIGH, NC
University of Florida
The LSU Tigers (5-0) ranked 4th will visit 10th ranked Florida Gators (4-0) at “The Swamp” in Gainesville, FL. Coming from a much needed week bye, the Gators have a unique opportunity at pulling the upset, as coach Will Muschamp in his 2nd year as coach has the Gators playing real physical football which will be key in playing an LSU squad that quite frankly hasn’t look too much like a true 4th rank in the last two games against weaker opponents. With two very stingy defenses, this game can simply come down to which team can perform their running game from the start giving University of Florida Running Back Mike Gillislee a chance to prove that his 100+ yards per game could be the key factor in Saturday’s outcome. In last year’s meeting played in Baton Rouge, LSU dominated a UF team that simply couldn’t maintain a drive together till the game was out of reach holding the Gators to 213 total yards intercepting them twice with a sack. It was a 41-11 debacle that UF could easily forget if they pull Saturday’s upset.
(4) LSU vs (10) Florida State /3:30PM ET, OCTOBER 6, 2012 /Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, GAINESVILLE, FL (The Swamp)