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Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick 10/5/13

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1) at Miami Hurricanes (4-0)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, October 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Sun Life Stadium)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets travel down to Miami to play the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Georgia Tech fell to 3-1 on the season after losing to Virginia Tech at home last Thursday night 17-10. The Yellow Jackets won their first three games over Elon, Duke, and North Carolina. In the game against Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech not only had 3 turnovers in the loss, the Yellow Jackets were called for 5 false-start penalties in the first half and six overall. Georgia Tech’s only points of the first half came on a 49-yard field goal by freshman Harrison Butker midway through the second quarter. QB Lee was an awful 7 of 24 for 144 yards with 2 interceptions for Georgia Tech, who only earned 273 total yards on offense. RB Laskey and RB Sims combined for 80 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Keep in mind this is a Yellow Jacket offense that is ranked 10th in the country in rushing yards and 38th in points scored this season. The Georgia Tech defense played well, considering one of the Hokies scores came off a turnover deep in Yellow Jacket territory. Georgia Tech allowed 276 yards and did a great job getting off the field on 3rd down. The Yellow Jackets will have their hands full with the Hurricanes offense down in Miami this weekend.

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Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets Free Pick 10/5/13

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The Hurricanes improved to 4-0 on the season after blowing out South Florida on the road 49-21 on Saturday. Miami beat FAU, Florida, and Savannah State before the matchup with South Florida. This game was over when Miami’s offense took the field. QB Stephen Morris connected with WR Herb Waters and WR Stacey Coley as the Hurricanes scored on their first three possessions. Miami racked up 540 total yards on offense, but did end up turning the ball over 4 times. Morris finished 11 of 16 for 222 yards with 2 touchdowns before limping off with an ankle injury that’s not considered serious. Sophomore RB Duke Johnson rushed 14 times for 84 yards and a touchdown. This marks the eighth consecutive game in which Johnson has scored a touchdown. Coley led all Miami receivers with 4 catches for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Miami defense forced 3 turnovers and allowed 288 total yards against South Florida. The Hurricanes held South Florida under 100 yards rushing and allowed them to convert on 3rd down only twice in the game. This Miami defense will face a completely different rushing scheme this weekend, when they play against Georgia Tech’s triple-option attack.

The Yellow Jackets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings. Miami is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

Miami has won the last 4 meetings between these two teams, including a 42-36 win at Georgia Tech last year. Georgia Tech was able to run the ball affectively last year against the Hurricanes and I expect them to do the same on Saturday. The Yellow Jackets will be hungry for a big win after losing at home last week. Miami will need a big game from Morris, as the Georgia Tech secondary is vulnerable against the pass. Georgia Tech will also have their hands full with Duke Johnson, which may open things up for Morris downfield. Georgia Tech has shown they can be one-dimensional, while Miami had proven they have a balanced attack. I think Miami will win a high scoring game at home.

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