The Jackets perfect record may have been broken but the Jackets still have plenty of chances to make a lot of noise in the ACC in 2011. Last Saturday poor play led to the Jackets being upset by Virginia in Charlottesville. This weekend the Jackets can bounce right back with a big win against Miami. In Coach Johnson's first year the Jackets put on a show against Miami on a cold Thursday White Out at Bobby Dodd Stadium. The Canes seemed to take exception with that loss and have taken out their aggression in two blowout victories the past two years. The Jackets will attempt to reverse that trend down in Miami Gardens this Saturday.
The Miami Offense has been a strength of the team this year. The enigmatic Jacory Harris seems to have found his groove and is putting up big numbers over the past few games. He hasn't thrown a pick in the last three games and has a 4-1 TD-to-INT ration with 12 TDs and 3 INTs. Sophomore RB Lamar Miller is lightning fast and could pose problems if he's allowed to get into the open field. Miller already has 706 rushing yards and 5 TDs. Travis Benjamin and Tommy Streeter pose dangerous threats on the outside as well. This will be the most dangerous offense the Jackets have faced this year in terms of skill and potential explosiveness.
The Miami defense however has not been its normal stingy self this year. They've certainly given up points (~24 pts/game) and are vulnerable when defending the rush sitting at 11th in the conference. However, the Tech offense has sputtered lately after getting off to an unbelievable start. The Jackets had Fall Break this past weekend and hope the extra rest can help put them back on track.
After stumbling out of the gate it appears as if Miami has gotten back on track. This will be a difficult test for the Jackets in their second consecutive road game. No Tech fan wants to call this a must win game but it is incredibly important if the Jackets want to make it to Charlotte in December. Miami has not had extra time to practice as Virginia did so the Jackets hope they can capitalize and get back to their winning ways.
- Micanor Regis is suspended for this game after his actions against UNC.
- This is the only set of back-to-back road games for the Jackets.
- The Jackets are ranked 20th in the AP poll, 19th in the Coaches Poll, and 22nd in the BCS poll.