Canes Do Attitude: Miami to Thump Georgia Tech in ACC Matchup

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Willie Bee

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 12:41 PM GMT

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 12:41 PM GMT

His career in question after being forced out at Georgia two years ago, Mark Richt has turned his alma mater Miami around and has the Hurricanes favored on the NCAA football odds to beat Georgia Tech on Saturday in a key ACC Coastal matchup. 

NCAAF Season Record: 15-20-1 (-6.30)

Hurricane Irma’s effects on college football are still being felt a month later. Originally slated to be played Thursday night, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and No. 11 Miami Hurricanes will instead collide Saturday afternoon at Hard Rock Stadium, ABC televising the kickoff a little past 3:30 PM (ET). The battle between ACC Coastal Division co-leaders finds Miami giving up 6½ at BetOnline after first going out -10½, the total set at 52.

Both teams were originally supposed to have last Saturday off, but the storm canceled the matchup a month ago between the Hurricanes and Florida State and those two had to fit their game in this past week instead. Miami beat the Seminoles in Tallahassee to remain unbeaten overall, 2-0 in ACC play. Georgia Tech is also 2-0 in the conference, and a perfect 4-0 against the spread, after last week’s 33-7 thumping of North Carolina in Atlanta.

 

Homer Steps Into Starting Tailback Role With Walton Done

Paul Johnson’s option attack was once again the story for the Yellow Jackets, who ran for over 400 yards and chewed up more than 38½ minutes of possession in beating the Tar Heels. In addition to owning the nation’s 2nd-ranked running game (396 ypg) behind the tandem of TaQuon Marshall and KirVonte Benson, Tech is 14th in the same column on defense in allowing less than 102 yards per game. While making friends among those playing them ATS on the NCAA football odds, the Yellow Jackets have cashed for ‘under’ bettors the last three games.

Miami’s rushing attack isn’t in the same league as Georgia Tech’s; only Navy and Army can be in the conversation there. Still, the Hurricanes rank in the top third of the country grinding out nearly 200 yards per game on the ground, and their defense is only allowing 17.3 PPG to cash ‘under’ tickets three times in four games. Mark Richt’s offense is going to be without leading rusher Mark Walton (ankle) the rest of the season, however, and may be without guard Navaughn Donaldson (knee) and top receiver Ahmmon Richards (hamstring) on Saturday. On the defensive side, corner Dee Delaney and safety Sheldrick Redwine are questionable with various aches and pains.

 

Rivalry Trends, Mother Nature & A Free Pick

After taking the last two and winning seven of the last eight collisions, Miami has finally tied Georgia Tech in the series, 11 dubyas apiece. The Hurricanes’ 35-21 victory in Atlanta a year ago came as 7½-point favorites, leaving Yellow Jackets followers with losing tickets for the third time in four years.

Rain is all over the forecast in Miami this week, including an 80% chance Saturday afternoon when it’s going to climb past the mid-80s on the thermometer. My heart’s with the Ramblin’ Wreck, but my free college football pick is on the ‘Canes.

Free NCAAF Pick: Miami -5½Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

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