Georgia Tech has lost five straight games to the Miami Hurricanes, with Tech averaging 20 ppg to Miami’s 35.8 ppg over the five contest. Saturday’s game against the Hurricanes will be the toughest game of the season thus far for the Yellow Jackets.
Georgia Tech gets the home field advantage in this match up, and the Yellow Jackets are 2-3 against the Hurricanes at home since 2004.
The last meeting between these two schools was last season. Georgia Tech was trailing the game 23-24 with 10:38 left in the game before the Hurricanes increased the lead to 31-23 on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Stephon Morris to Stacy Coley.
Georgia Tech responded by throwing two interceptions on their next two drives, which sealed the victory for Miami. Tim Byerly ran for a touchdown for the Yellow Jackets with under a minute left in the game. The Hurricanes won the game 45-30.
Georgia Tech enters this season’s match up with an improved offense being led by a true option quarterback, Justin Thomas.
The Yellow Jackets’ defense remains a concern entering this game, and Miami is not a team the Yellow Jackets wish to get into a shootout with, so the defense must play strong for sixty minutes.
Miami (Fl) has a solid offense, led by running back Duke Johnson, who lit up the Yellow Jackets last season for 184 yards on 22 carries. While Johnson did not score a touchdown in last season’s match up, he did gift wrap both of Dallas Crawford’s rushing touchdowns.
The keys to victory this Saturday: Keep constant pressure on Hurricanes’ quarterback Brad Kaaya, who has been anything but consistent this season, having thrown seven picks during the Hurricanes’ first five games.
Duke Johnson is already halfway to 1,000 yards rushing this season, so keeping him contained is a must if the Yellow Jackets intend to win this game.
Miami’s defense, while deep in depth, can be exploited by Georgia Tech’s flexbone/option offense.
Justin Thomas will need to be accurate on every pass, while keeping Miami’s defense guessing on rushing downs.
This is a winnable game for Georgia Tech, but they must play a smart and solid game for sixty minutes. The moment Al Golden spots a weakness, the Miami Hurricanes will quickly exploit it.
Prediction: Georgia Tech 24 – Miami (Fl) 20.