Like last week, the Yellow Jackets enter the weekend rather healthy which will surely provide them a boost going into the last three weeks of the season. It’s simply an advantage that most teams don’t have this late in the season. The Hurricanes on the other have been bitten by the injury bug hard this season and while it didn’t hurt them as much early on this season, it has seemed to catch up with them the last few weeks.
Entering this week, the Hurricanes have at least nine players who have suffered season-ending injuries including freshman running back Lorenzo Lingard and junior wide receiver Ahmmon Richards, two of their most promising offensive weapons. While Miami does have better depth than the Yellow Jackets, the Yellow Jackets being able to have all their starters healthy this late in the season is pretty miraculous, considering the grind of a college football season and will supply an advantage as noted above that the Hurricanes won’t have.
The Hurricanes despite the injury do have a few playmakers left on the offensive side of the ball but you can see how the losses have piled up for them so far. As you get further down the depth chart, the chances of players making mistakes or committing penalties only become higher and higher. Now, the key to all this, however, is how the Yellow Jackets will take advantage of those mistakes. If the Yellow Jackets can key in on those mistakes and make the Hurricanes pay for them, there is a chance that the Jackets could run away with this one on Saturday night.