Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s hot button topics: CFP title talk tops the list

1. COLLEGE FOOTBALL

It’s Clemson-Alabama in CFP title game: Clemson and Alabama reached Jan. 11 title game in semifinal routs. Maybe the losing teams spent too much of New Year’s Eve watching the ball drop.

2. DOLPHINS

Patriots visit Sunday in Fins’ season finale: A loss to finish 5-11 would tie for third-most losses in any Dolphins season, a likelihood, with Ryan Tannehill facing a sack-oriented defense. He was sacked six times last week – seven if you count that blindside Twitter hit from Miko Grimes.

3. PANTHERS

Streaking Cats enter new year as hottest team in hockey: I don’t wanna say it’s been awhile, but when Panthers fans last had playoff fever, penicillin hadn’t been invented yet.

4. HURRICANES

UM men, women continue remarkable basketball seasons: Canes’ two teams were a combined 23-2, ranked and thinking NCAA Tournament entering the weekend. What were the odds South Florida’s hottest teams entering the new year would be in hockey and college basketball?

5. HEAT

Little margin of error in East: After conference-leading Cleveland, there are nine teams within  2 1/2 games of each other — the Heat right in the middle. Miami is as close to being second-best in the East as it is to missing the playoffs entirely, and vice-versa. Dramamine, please.

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