Add Canes +2.5 to College Football Picks as Georgia Tech & Miami Battle for Bowl Games

Joe Catalano

Friday, November 20, 2015 8:16 PM GMT

After another embarrassing loss this season, the Miami Hurricanes get a much needed break as they square off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Check our college football pick.

Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 21st at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. According to 5Dimes, the Yellow Jackets are actually 2.5 point betting favorites on the college football odds and the total for the game is listed at 55.5.

 

Unusual Betting Odds
This is due in part to Miami quarterback, Brad Kaaya, being listed as probable with a head injury and running back, Joseph Yearby, also being listed as probable. I'm assuming that Kaaya will play,but head injuries are taken very serious nowadays on the collegiate and professional level. In my opinion, the odds are a bit off as these players are listed as "probable" and that's a fine term, meaning they probably will play.

 

Not As Bad As Their Record Indicates
With 7 losses on their resume, Georgia Tech has no hope of making a bowl game and that's a tough pill to swallow for the Yellow Jackets. This is a team that has beaten a ranked opponent in Florida State and has lost by 10 points or less to Notre Dame, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia,and Pittsburgh.

They have basically been competitive in most of their games and now they face a banged up Miami team. This game won't get them a bowl bid, but would certainly be good for bragging rights over the Hurricanes, who have taken a couple of beatings themselves this year and despite their 6-3 record, are very beatable.

 

Justin Thomas
The Yellow Jackets are led by quarterback, Justin Thomas, and although they won't get accuracy from him (42.6% completions), he doesn't throw a ton of interceptions and is a double threat to run the ball. For the season, Thomas has ran the ball into the endzone on 6 separate occssions to go along with 473 yards rushing. Marcus Marshall leads Georgia Tech in rushing at an amazing 7.8 yards per carry.

This isn't a team with a superstar on it, but they have various options to run and throw the football to. 10 different players have had a rushing touchdown for Georgia Tech and 7 different receivers have reached the endzone. Great depth is important in an offense, but with that said, this is a team that favors their rushing game as receiver Ricky Jeune is the only player to have more than 12 receptions for the season.

Look for Georgia Tech to keep grinding in hopes of winning the turnover battle.

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Playing For A Bowl Game
As I stated earlier, Kaaya and Yearby are both injured, but this is a game that they will attempt to play in as they Hurricanes bowl game situation is at stake and this duo accounts for most of Miami's offense. 

For the season, Kaaya has 2458 yards passing with 13 TD and 4 INT. Yearby has almost 1100 all-purpose yards to go along with 7 TD's. With players that are able and eager to catch the football such as Stacy Coley, Miami desperately needs Brad Kaaya behind center.

Make this a small play as we won't know the statuses of Yearby and Kaaya up until game time. If they indeed play, I love Miami in this spot. If they don't play, this game could either way. I'm going to side with Miami as the college football pick getting the points at home.

College Football Pick: Miami +2.5 at 5Dimes

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