First and foremost, the Hurricanes have to stop the run game. Averaging just under 350 yards on the ground every game, and being the second ranked rushing team in college football, Georgia Tech poses a HUGE threat to the 94th ranked rush defense.
Hopefully the addition of Olivier Vernon and the reintegration of Sean Spence and Ray-Ray Armstrong will help to shut down Tevin Washington. If the defense can hold Georgia Tech to under 28 points and 350 yards total offense they should be able to walk away with a victory.
Smash and Dash have to show up to play. The epic ground duo of Lamar Miller and Mike James has to able to bust open the weak run defense of Georgia Tech. Expect a lot of smashmouth running early and often in order to help wear down the defense and open up offensive opportunities later in the game.
If Miami can’t develop a ground game, Jacory Harris is going to have a long day. Harris has been on top of his game lately, but he cant stay perfect forever.
Even though it's unrealistic, Jacory NEEDS to stay perfect for at least one more game. Having played extremely well in the last three games and having not recorded any interceptions he has been the picture of greatness, Harris needs to remain that great leader for this game.
With the team just beginning to turn its season around, this game is instrumental as an indicator of how they’ll perform for the next five games. Will the ‘Canes continue to lose the close ones? Or are they actually turning over a new leaf? Jacory will answer that question on Saturday.