Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets - 10/4/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Miami Hurricanes (3-2) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Bobby Dodd Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -2 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets put their undefeated record on the line Saturday when they host the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium.
This season has been a constant struggle for the Miami Hurricanes, as they’re finding it difficult to move the ball offensively. Brad Kaaya is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 12 touchdowns and seven interceptions, and he’s thrown two picks in three of the first five games. Duke Johnson has been the most consistent offensive player for the Hurricanes, as he has 525 yards and five touchdowns on 86 carries. Duke Johnson is dealing with an ankle injury but is expected to play in this game. Phillip Dorsett has just two receptions for 48 yards in his last two games after getting off to a hot start, and Stacey Coley has just five catches for 29 yards after returning from injury a couple of weeks ago. The Canes aren’t the same offensive team they were a season ago. Defensively, the Miami Hurricanes are allowing 21.8 points, 299.8 yards, and have forced 11 turnovers and 12 sacks. Denzel Perryman leads the Hurricanes with 36 tackles and Thurston Armbrister has four sacks.
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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are coming off an upset win over Virginia Tech and are looking to continue this impressive start. Offensively, Georgia Tech is a rushing machine that averages 5.9 yards and has 10 rushing touchdowns. Quarterback Justin Thomas leads the Yellow Jackets with 443 yards and two touchdowns, while Zach Laskey isn’t too far behind with 316 yards. Justin Thomas is completing 49.2 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and one interception. DeAndre Smelter has 14 of the Yellow Jackets 32 completions, and four of them have gone for a touchdown. Georgia Tech’s commitment to the triple option has given them the 11th best rushing attack in the country. Defensively, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are allowing 25.5 points, 401.3 yards, and have forced seven turnovers and five sacks. Shawn Green leads Georgia Tech with 3.5 tackles for loss and Quayshawn Nealy has 20 tackles overall.
The Hurricanes are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week and 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games overall. The Yellow Jackets are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Hurricanes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Georgia Tech has the worst rushing defense in the ACC, which isn't good when facing a back as powerful as Duke Johnson. Miami simply has the better players on both sides of the ball, needs a victory in the worst way and hasn't lost to the Yellow Jackets since 2008. Give me the Miami Hurricanes and the two points, but we're probably not going to need them.