Georgia Tech at Miami: Prediction, pick, odds, TV channel, live stream, watch online
Miami lost one of its best players in the win against Florida State
Miami is white hot. Last week's thrilling win against Florida State validated the Hurricanes as a conference title contender here in 2017 and every additional win moves them closer to the College Football Playoff picture. The spotlight is on in a big way, and it's on this surging program to now deliver on the championship promise. This year's team will have to do it without star running back Mark Walton ruled out for the year earlier this week with an ankle injury.
While the Hurricanes have been one of the hottest teams in the country, Georgia Tech has been flying below the radar since the season-opening loss to Tennessee. The Yellow Jackets have since moved through Pittsburgh and North Carolina with ease, putting them in a tie with Miami for first place in the ACC Coastal Division at 2-0. The winner not only gets solo first place in the standings for the week, but has the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker should both teams end up in first place at the end of the year.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14 | Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Hard Rock Stadium -- Miami Gardens, Florida
TV: ABC | Live stream: WatchESPN
Georgia Tech: It's a big game for the Yellow Jackets' defense. TaQuan Marshall and the offense need to play well on third down and avoid back turnovers to keep that group out of a tough spot, but if Georgia Tech is going to compete in the standings with Miami and Virginia Tech they'll need a strong showing from Ted Roof's group. Statistically, the Yellow Jackets have a top-20 defense that's stepped up in key spots, especially on third down. Playing tough against North Carolina and Pittsburgh (in the second half) isn't going to be the same kind of test they'll find at Miami.
Miami: This is all about response to adversity. Mark Walton was the heartbeat of this offense, playing through injury and now out for the year following surgery. Malik Rosier came up big against Florida State and played very well at Duke the week before, which should bring some confidence to Miami fans that the offense will be able to play at a championship level without Walton in the lineup.
And championship level is exactly the standard we're holding Miami to after taking down the Seminoles. The ACC Coastal Division is on the line in this game and if "The U" is going to be back, it has to start with winning the division and getting to the ACC Championship Game for the first time in program history.
Right when Paul Johnson is overlooked is when he creeps up and steals the Coastal from the preseason favorites. The key to this year's team has been the interior offensive line play, and Miami's talented defensive front is in for a frustrating day if Marshall gets into a good rhythm early in the game. Miami might win this game, but Georgia Tech is going to be hanging around as long as they take care of the ball. Pick: Georgia Tech +6.5
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