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Georgia Tech vs. Miami Football Prediction and Preview

Tyler Van Dyke, Miami Hurricanes Football

Tyler Van Dyke and the surging Hurricanes look to keep things rolling at home against the Yellow Jackets in this ACC Coastal matchup

Two young offenses will clash this weekend at Hard Rock Stadium.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Miami Hurricanes come into their matchup on Saturday headed in different directions. Georgia Tech (3-5, 2-4 ACC) has lost its last two games and three of its previous four.

Miami (4-4, 2-2), on the other hand, has won consecutive games against ranked opponents, including the Hurricanes' 38-34 victory at then-No. 17 Pittsburgh last weekend.

Georgia Tech has a slight 13-12 advantage in the series as the Yellow Jackets have won the last two meetings.

Georgia Tech at Miami

Kickoff: Saturday, Nov. 6 at 12:30 p.m. ET
Spread: Miami -10

When Georgia Tech Has the Ball

Jeff Sims not only is dynamic with his arm, but he also can hurt teams with his legs. He has rushed for 872 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons. He has also thrown for 3,153 yards 24 touchdowns against 19 interceptions during that same time.

Sims did lose his starting job briefly after suffering an injury in the season-opening loss to Northern Illinois. However, he regained it after passing for 112 yards and rushing for 128 yards and three touchdowns in the upset victory over North Carolina.

While Sims will receive a lot of attention, running back, Jahmyr Gibbs has been the heart and soul of the Ramblin' Wreck offense. He has rushed for 524 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.

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Over the last two games, Gibbs has piled up 245 yards on the ground while averaging a robust 10.2 yards per carry. He will be facing a Miami defense that's 48th in the country against the run, giving up an average of 135.5 yards per game.

When Miami Has the Ball

Miami's offense has completely changed since Tyler Van Dyke became the starting quarterback. After a rough start, Van Dyke has thrown for 751 yards, seven touchdowns, and just one interception in the last two games. He has also completed 76 percent of his passes in that span, including last week's upset of Pittsburgh.

What has helped Van Dyke is the return of running back Jaylan Knighton. After being suspended for the team's first four games this season, Knight has rushed for 299 yards and four touchdowns. He also has recorded 13 catches and 167 receiving yards. Knight also came up big against the Panthers with 80 rushing yards and two scores on 17 carries.

Georgia Tech enters Saturday's game with one of the worst defenses in the country. The Yellow Jackets are allowing 426.9 yards per game, which ranks 104th in the country. Most of the damage comes through the air, as Tech is giving up 252.5 passing yards per game with 17 touchdowns and just three interceptions. This does not bode well considering the run Van Dyke has been on.

Final Analysis

This game appears to be a mismatch on paper, as Miami is playing its best football of the season. Van Dyke has not only transformed the Hurricanes' offense, but he also has provided a spark to the entire team.

Sure, Miami's defense is still suspect, but so is Georgia Tech's, which is among the worst in the country. Expect Knighton to have a big day on the ground.

Sims and Gibbs should also have a fair amount of success against a Miami defense that actually ranks behind the Yellow Jackets in scoring and pa. This game should be plenty offensive, but the advantage goes to the team that enters with the most momentum.

Prediction: Miami 34, Georgia Tech 27

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— Written by Antwan Staley, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and has extensive experience covering Florida sports teams. Staley has written for Bleacher Report, Pro Player Insiders and is a reporter for Sports Talk Florida. Follow him on Twitter @antwanstaley.