Georgia Tech is next up for Miami(FL) as the Hurricanes continue their very tough schedule to open the 2009 season. SBR poster wal66 says the Yellowjackets are going down on Thursday night.
Georgia Tech 2-0 (0-1 ATS)
Miami 1-0 (1-0 ATS)
Under is 15-6 in Ga Tech' last 21 Thursday games.
Under is 9-3 in Miami's last 12 Thursday games.
Miami is 13-32-1 ATS in their last 46 homes games.
Georgia Tech is 4-2 SU and ATS in their last 6 meetings.
Georgia Tech comes into this game off two wins to start the season. They had a less than impressive walkthrough win over Jacksonville St, 37-17, where they racked up 335 yards rushing on 50 attempts. Then last Thursday night they played a dominate first half of football coupled with a couple of key big plays, and then held on in the second half to get a victory over Clemson, 30-27. G-Tech again rushed for over 300 yards because that is what they do and they do it as good as practically anyone in the country.
Miami opened its season on the road against in-state rival and conference foe Florida State. In a very entertaining, very athletic, momentum-switching game, Miami won 38-34.
Miami comes into the contest against Ga Tech with an extra week to prepare. Pretty sure they didn't just start game planning for Tech's offense this week past though. Georgia Tech racked up 472 yards rushing on 58 attempts last year so that had to be a lingering thought in the minds of many. You could tell how much improved the run defense was against a decent running team like FSU where the Canes allowed only 109 yards on 30 attempts. Miami does still have issues on defense and they are in the secondary. While very fast and athletic they are still young and find themselves out of position at times.
Georgia Tech is the team many have picked to win the ACC iitle this year. There is good reasoning behind this thought process:
A: They have one of the best rushing attacks in the country
B: They have a much improved defense
C: They are in the aCC and with the conference on the decline Georgia Tech appears to be a solid choice.
In my personal opinion Miami is the team to beat this year. I'm not saying Miami is back but I am saying they are on the rise. Proof was on display last Monday night. While FSU is not the same caliber team it was in the 90's, they are a much improved team. Miami showed poise and confidence, much more than one might expect out of such a young team. Miami isn?t all the way back yet but they are very good.
Prediction: Miami-27 Georgia Tech-17
Free Pick: Miami-Florida -4½ (-110)