Miami vs. Georgia Tech Prediction, Game Preview

    Miami vs. Georgia Tech prediction and game preview. The Hurricanes look to improve to 7-4 as they host the Yellow Jackets.

    November 17, 2015


    The Miami Hurricanes (6-4) host the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-7) in their final home game of the season. Check out the Miami vs. Georgia Tech prediction and game preview.

    Georgia Tech vs. Miami Prediction & Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 21
    Game Time: 12:30 ET
    Network: ACC Network

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    Why You Need To Care

    Miami fired its coach in-season. Georgia Tech won’t play a bowl game for the first time in nearly two decades. Suffice it to say, 2015 has not gone as planned for either the Canes or the Yellow Jackets. Miami, though, did secure bowl eligibility under interim head coach Larry Scott before being ambushed by Carolina last Saturday, so there’s that to look forward to in December. Tech, meanwhile, has been a colossal disappointment, save for the Oct. 24 upset of Florida State. From defending Coastal Division—and Orange Bowl—champs to bowl-less will make for a very long and frustrating offseason in Atlanta.

    Why Georgia Tech Will Win

    As the Tar Heels showed last week, Miami is only marginally talented on defense; the Hurricanes allowed at least 58 points to both Carolina and Clemson over the last four games. And even in a down year, Paul Johnson’s triple-option is always dangerous, particularly with a veteran running the system. With Justin Thomas conducting the attack and Miami allowing 5.2 yards per carry, this could be the Saturday that Tech looks like Tech again.

    Why Miami Will Win

    The Yellow Jackets have been awful road team this fall, losing all four of its games. Miami, meanwhile, is 4-1 at home, with wins over Nebraska and Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes figure to have the requisite balance, namely QB Brad Kaaya and RB Joseph Yearby, to chip away at a depleted Georgia Tech defense. Kaaya is a difference-maker now that he’s returned from a head injury, spreading the ball around to Miami’s receivers and tight ends.

    Player Who Matters

    Both Miami and Georgia Tech had issues stopping the run this season, the latter missing DT Adam Gotsis on the interior of the line. The Hurricanes want to establish Yearby, and to a lesser extent Mark Walton, to help Kaaya more dangerous on play-action. The sophomore does a good job of ball faking, allowing speedy WR Stacy Coley to get behind the last line of defense.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Who wants it more? This matchup used to be a critical one in the Coastal, but not this year. And it could show in the on-field product. Miami is still fighting for Scott, plus it doesn’t hurt to have a bowl game out on the horizon. While the game will be competitive throughout, Kaaya and Yearby will be the difference against a Georgia Tech squad that’ll have a rough time getting focused for this trip.

    Miami vs. Georgia Tech Prediction

    Final Score: Miami 30, Georgia Tech 24, Line: Miami -1, o/u: 56
    Must See Rating: 5: The Night Before … 1: Donny! … 2

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