Greg Cote

Greg Cote: Dolphins-Jets, UM bowl, Heat’s defense, UF-FSU

1. DOLPHINS

Miami visits Jets with playoff hopes on life support: The loss to Dallas putting Miami’s record at 4-6 meant Sunday’s game at the rival Jets is all but must-win. But the Dolphins and 49ers are the only teams 0-4 in their division, meaning Miami has been at its worst in the most crucial games.

2. HURRICANES

UM closes with win at Pitt, awaits bowl destination: Canes could earn a bid to the desired Pinstripe Bowl after winning at Pitt 29-24 to finish 8-4. Things are looking up. The downside to that? UM fans must adjust to the bizarre notion of feeling somewhat positive.

3. HEAT

Solid defense is helping keep the Heat hot: While NBA fans were focused on Golden State’s record 17-0 start, Miami’s defense, No. 1 in the Eastern Conference and No. 2 in the league, helped Miami win seven of its past nine games.

4. GATORS/NOLES

Florida hosts FSU in season-defining Saturday night: The state rivalry renewing in the Swamp was bigger for UF, which had to beat FSU and then Alabama in the SEC title game for a chance to move up into the College Football Playoff top four.

5. NCAA BASKETBALL

That moment we were the epicenter of the sport: UM rocketed to No. 15 but then lost at home to underdog Northeastern. Meanwhile, the Heat’s bayside arena featured No. 1 Kentucky. If you blinked you missed it but there was a magical moment this week when we were a college basketball town.

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