Miami vs. Georgia Tech prediction roundtable with the Campus Insiders staff. Breaking down what will happen in Saturday’s ACC game between the Hurricanes and Yellow Jackets.
Trap game for the Hurricanes? It might be interesting for a little bit, but Miami should pull away behind Brad Kaaya. Mark Richt didn’t have much trouble with Georgia Tech when he was coaching in that state.
If you thought Mark Richt was refreshed coming out of the offseason, then you should see him after an early bye week. Miami wins, and Georgia Tech fans curse Paul Johnson’s name until he rips off six consecutive wins to close out conference play.
If the 2015 versions of these teams were playing, this might look slightly differently. After all, Georgia Tech took down Florida State last year. But the 2016 Yellow Jackets aren’t even touching the Hurricanes here. Brad Kaaya is expected to play, and he’ll slice and dice the GT secondary. Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby will tote the rock and both break into the end zone. The ‘Canes win this one with both eyes closed and a hand tied behind their backs.
The Hurricanes start ACC play in what has almost become new head coach Mark Richt’s second home: Bobby Dodd Stadium. Richt went 8-0 in Atlanta when he was the Georgia head man. While defending the spread option can be difficult, ‘Canes coordinator Manny Diaz has this unit playing very well. GT should bust off a few big gains on the ground, but it will struggle to consistently sustain drives. Miami should find the end zone fairly consistently with its abundance of offensive weapons and remain unbeaten with a win over the Yellow Jackets.
I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t mention how refreshed Mark Richt looks. He will look even better after the Hurricanes move to 5-0 with a win over the Yellow Jackets. Is Paul Johnson on the hot seat yet?