The Georgia Tech football team has opened as a ten and half point underdog to Miami.
The Georgia Tech football team are winners of three-straight and have had one of the best defenses in the country over the course of the last month. Vegas, however, believes that there is still a sizeable difference between the Yellow Jackets and their opponent this upcoming weekend in the Miami Hurricanes, the 11th ranked team in the nation.
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According to SportsBookReview.com, the Hurricanes opened a 10 1/2 point favorite over the Yellow Jackets. By noon on Monday, the line had dropped down to a consensus 6 1/2 point margin in favor of the Hurricanes. The good news for the Jackets is that entering Saturday, they are 4-0 against the spread this season. The Hurricanes enter the game 3-1 against the spread.
One reason for the four-point change in less than 24 hours could be the news that Miami running back Mark Walton is out for the season. The loss of Walton is a major shakeup to Miami’s offense that has been averaging 199.5 yards per game on the ground.
While no over/under has yet to be set, it should be around the 54 points mark with the last meetings scoring in the high 50s.
Miami being favored over the Yellow Jackets by such a high margin isn’t overly surprising. The Hurricane has won both of the last two meetings by 14 and 17 point margins. Factor in Miami head coach Mark Richt’s success against the Yellow Jackets and it becomes even clearer.
Over the course of Richt’s head coaching career, he is 14-2 against the Yellow Jackets. Add in his time as an assistant coach and that record improve to 21-2. The two losses in Richt’s career against the Jackets came in 2008 and 2014.
Paul Johnson, TaQuon Marshall and the rest of the Yellow Jackets will be looking to pull off the upset win on Saturday and hand Richt his third loss to the Jackets.