The third week of the college football season features a marquee ACC matchup that pits the No. 15 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the No. 20 University of Miami Hurricanes.
Georgia Tech is coming off of a narrow victory over Clemson that saw the Tigers come all the way back from a 24-0 deficit before the Yellow Jackets put the game away in the waning minutes.
Miami shook the college football world with an emotional Labor Day victory over archrival Florida State 38-34. The game featured breakout performances from QB Jacory Harris, RB Greg Cooper, and most importantly, WR Travis Benjamin.
Benjamin had a huge 40-yard reception in the fourth quarter that eventually sealed the win for Miami as Florida State failed to go two yards in 14 seconds in the last desperation drive.
Georgia Tech, led by QB Joshua Nesbitt and RB Jonathon Dwyer, operated an efficient if not explosive triple option offense, which only one year ago gashed this same Miami team for 472 yards of total offense.
Dwyer accounted for the biggest difference in the rushing attack and the Yellow Jackets' defense picked off three 'Canes passes, one of which was returned for a touchdown.
Georgia Tech joined only a handful of schools in history that have beaten Miami in consecutive seasons.
The duo of Nesbitt and Dwyer will look to rebound from a close game with Clemson and achieve the same results against a Miami defense that against Florida State looked lost at the point of attack. The 'Canes did not get much pressure on FSU QB Christian Ponder, and as a result, gashed in run defense.
The 'Canes have plenty of defensive speed to neutralize Tech's offense, which LSU provided the blueprint for in last year's bowl game. Miami will look to make QB Nesbitt beat them with his arm, while playing disciplined defense.
Miami will have CB Brandon Harris, who had a career high nine tackles with three passes defensed in the win at Florida State, in the secondary to help neutralize Georgia Tech's pedestrian passing game.
If Georgia Tech runs wild on Miami's defense as they did last year, it will be a long day for Miami defensively as Tech's offense has shown it can be opportunistic.
Miami is led by QB Jacory Harris, stud RB's Javarris James (who is both related to current Arizona Cardinals RB Edgerrin James and following his footsteps at UM) and Greg Cooper, who had 232 all-purpose yards at Florida State, and WR Travis Benjamin.
They will look to expose Tech's somewhat mediocre secondary with short and intermediate passes by Harris. As a result, they will look to set up the run by utilizing the two talented RBs in third and short situations.
If Miami can take advantage of the somewhat porous Tech pass defense, Harris and the 'Canes offense should be up for another big day in a pivotal ACC contest.
My predictions for the game:
If Miami can limit mistakes on offense and take advantage of the star players at the skill positions and limit Georgia Tech's offense from running wild the 'Canes will win it.
Miami Hurricanes 31, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 21
If Georgia Tech runs wild on Miami defensively and the 'Canes' offense is mistake prone it will go the other way.
Georgia Tech 43, Miami 21
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