The Miami Hurricanes are the definition of a dark-horse contender to win the ACC. They came into the season unranked and after four straight wins, including an “upset” over the 12th ranked Florida Gators, they have found themselves in the top-15 nationally.
On the other side of the field, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets seem to have a great run offense and a solid defense, but the jury is still out on whether they are for real or not. Sitting at 3-1 with no big-time wins yet, the yellow Jackets will have a lot to prove when they head to Miami this weekend.
Miami has been an above-average offensive squad so far this season. They rank in the top-50 nationally in nearly every offensive category and the most impressive is the 45 points per game that they score — ranking 10th in the nation. Stephen Morris leads the offense at quarterback, passing for 626 yards and six touchdowns through the first five weeks of the season. He has suffered some nagging injuries in the last couple of weeks, but he should be back for the matchup with Georgia Tech. Sophomore running back Duke Johnson will likely lead the way on the offense this week as he might have most potential of any running back in college football.
Georgia Tech has the 10th best run offense with 291 yards per game on the ground — something they have been known for in recent memory. Vad Lee has been a very unimpressive quarterback this season, passing for 562 yards and seven touchdowns while completing less than 50 percent of his passes. David Sims leads the stellar run game with 50 rushes for 248 yards and four scores.
Defensively, the Hurricanes rank 10th in the nation with just 283 yards allowed per game to go along with just 12.5 points allowed. Georgia Tech is ninth in the nation, allowing just 275 yards and 12.8 points per game — very close matchup on this side of the ball.
Georgia Tech will travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes at 3:30 p.m. EST on Saturday, Oct. 5. The game will be broadcasted on ESPNU.
PREDICTION: Georgia 14, Miami 24