Georgia Tech vs. Miami preview: Mark Richt has the 'Canes rolling, and looks to continue his dominance over the Rambling Wreck.
On Saturday, October 1 at 12 p.m. E.T., the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets host the Miami Hurricanes at Bobby Dodd Stadium in Atlanta, which has a listed capacity of 55,000. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2.
According to ESPN's matchup predictor, which is based on the network's Football Power Index, Miami has a 72.7-percent chance to defeat the Yellow Jackets. Miami won last year's matchup 38-21. Georgia Tech last defeated the 'Canes in 2014 en route to its ACC Coastal title that year. Tech leads the all-time series between the two teams 11-10. According to OddsShark, Miami opened as a 5-point favorite in this one, and that line has moved up to seven points at most sportsbooks.
Read on for our Georgia Tech vs. Miami preview.
Spread: Miami Hurricanes -7
Game Time: 12:00 p.m. E.T.
Georgia Tech vs. Miami preview:
Miami is off to a very fast start in the Mark Richt era. The former Georgia head coach, and 'Canes alum, appears to have stabilized the program. It certainly helps that he has one of the nation's most impressive quarterbacks in Brad Kaaya to work with. Through three games, Kaaya has 694 yards, seven touchdowns, and just three interceptions. He is averaging a very solid 9.13 yards per attempt.
Miami has also found success on the ground. As a team, the 'Canes have 816 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns, led by Mark Walton (401 yards, seven touchdowns) and Joseph Yearby (256 yards, four scores). As a team, Miami averages 7.7 yards per carry.
Georgia Tech is 3-1 after a very disappointing 2015 campaign, before which the Yellow Jackets were expected to contend in the ACC for a second straight year. Tech hasn't been overwhelming, but did blow out Vanderbilt at home. Last Saturday, Tech lost to Clemson 26-7. The Jackets may rebound for a bowl this year, but thus far, they haven't looked similar to the 2014 team, which ran through the Coastal division.
Georgia Tech vs. Miami prediction:
Georgia Tech can often be tough to prepare for for new coaching staffs that aren't accustomed to seeing Paul Johnson's spread option. However, Miami is in a unique position, as Mark Richt is extremely familiar with the Yellow Jackets from his time at Georgia, where he dominated the Bulldogs' in-state rival. Richt was 13-2 in 15 seasons against Georgia Tech, and undefeated at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Before that, Richt was 7-0 against Tech as offensive coordinator at Florida State. The man knows how to beat the Yellow Jackets, and will do it again on Saturday.
Miami 31, Georgia Tech 14