Miami at Georgia Tech Week 5 Betting Pick & Prediction

Miami at Georgia Tech Week 5 Betting Pick & Prediction

Written by on September 29, 2016

Mark Richt might be the new head coach at Miami, but playing at Bobby Dodd Stadium represents nothing new for the former Georgia coach has taken on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets eight times on their home field — and won all eight times. In fact, Richt coached on this field in his very last game leading the Bulldogs, pulling off a 13-7 victory. In 2015, interim head coach Larry Scott knocked off the Georgia Tech squad at home, 38-21, as Brad Kaaya threw for 300 yards and a score. In that game, the Yellow Jackets lost their starting quarterback in the first quarter, though. The Georgia Tech spread option will give the Hurricanes all they can handle on the defensive end. Take a look at all of our Week 5 college football betting lines.

Miami at Georgia Tech Week 5 Betting Pick & Prediction

When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 12:00 PM ET Where: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta TV: ESPN2 Radio: Miami / Georgia Tech Live StreamWatchESPN NCAA Football Odds: Miami (-6.5)

Why should you bet on the Yellow Jackets?

Georgia Tech has already won as many games in 2016 as they won a year ago, thanks to increased productivity from that spread option. Clemson managed to shut the Yellow Jacket attack down, but Miami doesn’t have the same defensive talent that the Tigers have. Georgia Tech’s defensive front has to figure out how to shut down Mark Walton, who picked up 130 yards last week on the ground, running for two scores and catching a scoring pass. If the Yellow Jackets can contain the running game, they have an excellent chance of surpassing last year’s win total.

Why should you put your money on the Hurricanes?

Miami took their bye in Week 4, but they went into their idle week on a high note, routing Appalachian State by a 45-10 total. The Mountaineers are not a cupcake opponent by any means — they took Tennessee to overtime in Week 1. Brad Kaaya had the sort of strong performance that has become his trademark, throwing for 368 yards and three scores. Miami has the look of a real contender in the ACC this year, with strong play on both sides of the ball. The only question mark for the Hurricanes has to do with the fact that they haven’t played any tough opposition yet. Before Appalachian State, the Hurricanes knocked off Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic — teams that don’t breed fear in any contenders.

My Betting Pick and Final Score Prediction

Miami hasn’t played any tough teams yet, but they have delivered consistent whippings to the easy teams on their schedule. As long as Miami follows the blueprint that Clemson showed them in containing the Georgia Tech spread option, they should win. I predict a 27-20 Miami victory.