Game Predictions

The Hurricanes (7-3) are set to take on Georgia Tech (7-3) in a very important ACC conference game tonight. The writers of CanesTime.com offer up their predictions on the game.

DAVID VILLAVICENCIO:
The Canes are on a roll having won their past five games and are now in the driver's seat in the ACC Coastal division. Miami is ranked for the first time since 2006 and is not sneaking up on anyone anymore. Georgia Tech is coming off of a bye week and lost a tough game to the North Carolina Tar Heels before that. Tech has been without starting quarterback Josh Nesbitt but there is a chance he plays against Miami. If Nesbitt is in the lineup and healthy, he will certainly boost the Yellow Jacket offense. Without him, Paul Johnson's team will have a much more difficult time executing their offense. I think the 23rd ranked Hurricanes win on the road over a Georgia Tech team that has had the Canes' number in recent years. Robert Marve and Jacory Harris must limit their mistakes while leading the offense and the Canes need to correct the fumbling woes that nearly haunted them against Virginia Tech. The defense will stick to their assignments and be prepared for the triple option offense. Sean Spence will likely be making plays all over the field as his intelligence and physical ability combine to make an excellent linebacker against the triple option. It will be a hard fought game between two conference foes but in the end I think Miami will leave Atlanta with a victory.

Miami 24 Georgia Tech 13

ALEX ORDOQUI:
I expect the Canes to get step closer to an ACC title berth win on Thursday night with a win vs. the Yellow Jackets. Miami's defense should be able to control Georgia Tech's offense especially with Nesbitt playing at less than 100 percent. Look for the Canes to jump out to an early lead and hold on to it for the rest of the night. If the offensive line can give Miami young quarterbacks time look for the Canes young receiving core to have a solid game. The Canes get some revenge against a Georgia Tech squad that has given Miami fits since it joined the ACC with a hard fought victory.

Miami 24 Georgia Tech 13

MIKE BAKAS:
Miami is on a five-game winning streak and has been doing an outstanding job winning close games lately. One of the biggest reasons for that is because of how well Matt Bosher has been playing. He'll be huge in a game like this. The Canes control their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division race and tonight's game is a must win for them. Georgia Tech has looked outstanding at times this season and they've looked average at other times. A lot of that has to do with which quarterback is playing, as the offense just isn't the same without starter Josh Nesbitt. He's excpected to start tonight and that just makes things even tougher for Miami and especially their defense. It'll be cold, it'll be loud, and it'll be the most important game of the season for the Hurricanes. Hopefully this young team will be up for the challenge. I think the defense will continue playing well, especially in the second half and the offense will, again, do just enough to give Miami its sixth straight win.

Canes 17, Georgia Tech 16


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