The Miami Hurricanes change gears this week, as they go from playing a pro-style offense in Duke, and travel to Georgia Tech for a clash against the Paul Johnson led triple-option attack. Miami is looking to snap a three-game losing streak following the 20-12 loss to Duke last week. They’ve suffered three losses in a row to Virginia, BC, and Duke.
Last week looked like a nice chance to get back on track against Duke, but they came up short with the offense sputtering yet again. The Miami defense is giving them chances to win games, but with major questions at quarterback, the Hurricanes have been stuck in neutral. They thought that quarterback was going to be the last of their worries with Malik Rosier entering as a fifth-year senior.
Rosier was just coming off a nice season in his first full season as the starting QB in Miami. He threw for 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions, so the Hurricanes were feeling pretty confident with Rosier running the show in 2018. He also ran for 5 touchdowns on the ground. A solid season and he certainly would have garnered attention from the NFL.
His professional football dreams are in dire straits, as he’s struggled to duplicate what he did from last season, nevermind looking better on the field. Rosier has passed for just 6 touchdowns and 5 interceptions, with a lackluster completion percentage of 53.5%. His accuracy was his major concern last season, as he connected on just 54% of passes. Miami are in a position where they have to swap between N’Kosi Perry and Rosier at quarterback. They’ve alternated between the two quarterbacks, while the rest of the offense has struggled to get into a rhythm having to deal with separate cadences. Head below for our free Miami vs. Georgia Tech pick.
Miami Hurricanes vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets NCAAF Betting Odds:
Miami +3 (-110)
vs. Georgia Tech -3(-110)
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Miami vs. Georgia Tech Pick:
Georgia Tech is going to provide a much different look than Duke this week. While they held the Blue Devils down to just 20 points, the Yellow Jackets are one of the more difficult opponents to prepare for. The defense knows what is coming, but it can be a daunting task to slow down. Georgia Tech are 1st in the nation with an average of 377 yards per game on the ground.
The Yellow Jackets have been using two quarterbacks, but in this system, it’s a whole lot easier to interchange what is essentially another running back in the triple-option. The more experienced TaQuon Marshall has rushed for 659 yards and 9 touchdowns.
The play of backup Tobias Oliver has made it difficult to keep him off the field, though. Oliver has looked great with 780 yards and 12 touchdowns, along with 2 passing touchdowns. He ran for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns, with 104 yards passing and a touchdown through the air.
Only a redshirt freshman, Oliver figured to be a big player in the Georgia Tech offense next season, but he’s already been taking the spotlight away from Marshall. Both provide a terrific 1-2 punch at QB for this triple-option attack.
The Yellow Jackets have won four of their last five games, scoring an average of 54 points per game in the four wins. Meanwhile, Miami have been dormant with only 13 points per game in their previous three games. The last time they scored more than 20 points was against a bad Florida State team in early October.
The Hurricanes are 77th in the FBS with 390 yards per game. Georgia Tech is nearly outgaining Miami’s entire offense on the ground. Miami haven’t looked interested in playing lately, and I don’t think they’re going to be up on the road against a physical Georgia Tech squad. There isn’t much confidence in Miami right now, and I don’t expect them to find it in Atlanta on Saturday.