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The Miami Hurricanes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets will both be looking for an ACC victory when they play this Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Miami enters this contest in the midst of a three-game losing streak including a 20-12 defeat at the hands of Duke last week. Georgia Tech enters this game winning four of its last five games including a 38-28 victory against North Carolina last week.
Georgia Tech Continues To Ride Its Momentum
Georgia Tech entered the season with the hopes of competing in the ACC. After failing to qualify for a bowl game last season, the Yellow Jackets are officially one win away from qualifying for a bowl game this season. However, Georgia Tech started the season off terribly as the team lost three of its first four games. However, the team managed to turn its season around as its triple option attack on offense has destroyed opposing defenses. Last week, Georgia Tech scored 38 points against North Carolina as the team only completed two passes while rushing for 461 yards and four touchdowns.
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Georgia Tech’s triple option rushing attack has been led by multiple quarterbacks throughout the season. This season, Georgia Tech has alternated between quarterbacks TaQuon Marshall and Tobias Oliver. Marshall, the senior quarterback, entered the season with a ton of experience running the option in past season and it showed as he threw for three touchdowns while rushing for 659 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns. However, Marshall also threw four interceptions and was only averaging 4.9 yards per carry. Meanwhile, Oliver has thrown two touchdown passes and no interceptions while rushing for 780 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns despite being a true freshman. If Georgia Tech plans on winning this game, both quarterbacks will need to play extremely well.
Georgia Tech’s offense currently ranks 15th in the country in points per game with 38.8 and is also averaging 377.0 rushing yards per game which is the most in the country. Expect Georgia Tech’s triple option offense to have a big game against a struggling Miami team this Saturday.
Miami Cannot End Its Losing Streak
The Miami Hurricanes entered the season as the eighth-ranked team in the country. Just nine games later, the team is unranked. The team started out winning five of its first six games and looked like it was ready to avenge last season’s disappointing ending. However, Miami’s season fell apart once the team lost to Virginia on the road three weeks ago. Miami has tried multiple quarterbacks and nothing has helped right the ship. If Miami plans on winning this game, it will need to get more consistent quarterback play.
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Miami’s offense was initially led by senior quarterback Malik Rosier who struggled as the starter. This season, he has thrown for six passing touchdowns and over 1,000 passing yards while also having six rushing touchdowns. However, Rosier is only completing 53.5% of his passes and has thrown five interceptions. Rosier’s inaccuracy led to a quarterback switch in which freshman N’Kosi Perry was inserted into the starting lineup. Perry did play better than Rosier but cooled off after a couple of games. This season, Perry has thrown for 701 passing yards and 11 passing touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions. However, Perry was named the starter last week against Duke and he was absolutely atrocious. In that game, Perry only had five completions in 16 attempts for an embarrassing 35 passing yards. No one knows who will start this next game for the Hurricanes. However, with both options being rather underwhelming, it might not truly matter.
Miami’s offense currently ranks 45th in the country in points per game with 32.0 and is also averaging 193.2 passing yards per game which ranks 102nd. Expect Miami to struggle as the team faces serious uncertainty with regard to its quarterback play.
- Under is 7-3-1 in Yellow Jackets last 11 games following an ATS win.
- Favorite is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings.
- Yellow Jackets are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Under is 10-2 in Hurricanes last 12 road games.
- Under is 5-1 in Hurricanes last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Hurricanes are 0-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
This game involves two teams that are headed in opposite directions. Miami has lost three straight and one has to wonder if the team has quit on its coach since its preseason goals are officially dead. Georgia Tech loves to control the time of possession with its elite triple option attack and I expect Miami’s defense to struggle containing it. Meanwhile, Miami has no confidence in its quarterback play and I expect the Hurricanes to be unable to keep up with Georgia Tech on the scoreboard.
Prediction: Georgia Tech -3.5
Full-Game Total Pick
Although Georgia Tech has the ability to put up points in bunches, Miami does have a top-2o scoring defense in college football. I expect Miami’s defense to slow down Georgia Tech’s offense by limiting it to field goals instead of touchdowns. However, Georgia Tech’s option attack will eat up a ton of clock and Miami’s offense should also eat up a lot of clock since the team will most likely rely on the running game to make life easier for the team’s inconsistent quarterback play. This game should land somewhere in the high 40s which is why I really like the under in this game.
Prediction: Under 55.5