Miami Hurricanes Shouldn’t Have to Overlook Georgia Tech

TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Quarterback Malik Rosier
TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 7: Quarterback Malik Rosier /

The winner of the Miami Hurricanes game against Georgia Tech on Saturday will gain sole possession of first place in the ACC Coastal Division.

There have been questions as to whether or not the Miami Hurricanes will overlook the Yellow Jackets after ending the seven-game Florida State  winning streak against Florida State last week.

The Miami Hurricanes heart-stopping 24-20 victory over Florida State in Tallahassee last week ended seven years of frustration for Miami Hurricanes fans. The streak is finally over. The national media is questioning if Miami will be ready when Georgia Tech invades Hard Rock Stadium.

Several Miami players discussed this week that they have bigger goals this season than ending the losing streak to Florida State. To reach that goal, Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech will be one of the biggest Miami plays this season.

After the Yellow Jackets lost 42-41 to Tennessee in the season opener, they have run off three straight wins since. They defeated Jacksonville State out of conference and won their first two ACC games against Pittsburgh and North Carolina. The Tar Heels are a combined 0-5 in conference play this season.

It’s a major step up in competition for the Yellow Jackets. Miami also faces the challenging Georgia Tech triple option offense and an excellent Yellow Jackets defense.

Mark Richt is likely to press the issue that his team cannot suffer a let down against Georgia Tech. The players are likely sophisticated enough themselves to realize that this is a big game. Miami and Georgia Tech are the only two 2-0 teams in the ACC Coastal Division.

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  • Georgia Tech has their two easiest ACC games behind them, while Miami has two of their more difficult games behind them. Including the game against Miami, the Yellow Jackets have four games remaining this season against ranked teams. Three of those are conference games.

    In addition to Miami, Georgia Tech has to face Clemson who is not on Miami’s schedule. Both teams have games remaining against Coastal Division foe Virginia Tech. The Yellow Jackets end the season against intrastate rival Georgia.

    Miami’s schedule is much more advantageous. Miami has two games remaining this season, only one in the ACC. Miami will host number 15 Virginia Tech and number 16 Notre Dame in back to back games November 4 and 11.

    In between the Yellow Jackets and Hokies, Miami will play Syracuse and North Carolina. UM also plays Pittsburgh and Virginia in November. A Miami Hurricanes win against Georgia Tech could set up a defacto ACC Coastal Division title game on November 4 at Hard Rock Stadium.

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    A win over Georgia Tech Saturday would be a huge step towards the goal of Miami making their first ACC Championship game in program history. Knowing that its hard to imagine Miami overlooking the Yellow Jackets.