Mi­ami at Ge­or­gia Tech

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - SPORTS - Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos

When: Sat­ur­day, 7 p.m. Where: Bobby Dodd Sta­dium, At­lanta TV: ESPN2 Weather: 41 de­grees, 0 per­cent chance of rain On­line: sun-sen­tinel.com/um; @ChristyChiri­nos on Twit­ter Quick slant: Both the Hur­ri­canes and Yel­low Jack­ets are in the lower half of the Coastal Divi­sion stand­ings and nei­ther has se­cured bowl el­i­gi­bil­ity yet, but Ge­or­gia Tech en­ters Sat­ur­day’s game rid­ing a two-game win streak, while the Hur­ri­canes have lost three in a row. Mi­ami is hop­ing hav­ing a lit­tle bit of his­tory on its side will help, with coach Mark Richt post­ing a 9-0 record in games he’s coached at Bobby Dodd, and the Hur­ri­canes hav­ing won three of their past four in At­lanta. About Mi­ami (5-4, 2-3): The Hur­ri­canes, who have strug­gled of­fen­sively all sea­son, are hop­ing red­shirt fresh­man N’Kosi Perry can pro­vide a spark in his first start since Mi­ami’s 16-13 loss at Vir­ginia. Perry has played in seven games, start­ing three, and has com­pleted 52 per­cent of his passes for 701 yards and 11 touch­downs, with five in­ter­cep­tions. About Ge­or­gia Tech (5-4, 3-3): The Yel­low Jack­ets have won four of their past five and en­ter Sat­ur­day’s game with the na­tion’s top rush­ing of­fense, av­er­ag­ing 377 yards per game. They have al­ready set a school record with five 400-yard rush­ing games this sea­son and are led by quar­ter­back To­bias Oliver, who has rushed for a team-high 780 yards.

Three things to watch

■ Perry strug­gled in his first road start at Vir­ginia last month, throw­ing two in­ter­cep­tions that helped put the Hur­ri­canes in an early hole and even­tu­ally landed him on the bench. Can he be more con­sis­tent and han­dle a hos­tile road crowd Sat­ur­day?

■ Ge­or­gia Tech tends to win the time-of-pos­ses­sion bat­tle with its me­thod­i­cal, clock-chew­ing of­fen­sive ap­proach, and op­po­nents can see their own of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions lim­ited. The Hur­ri­canes are go­ing to have to be ef­fi­cient when they have ball, no doubt.

■ Even with the Hur­ri­canes’ strug­gles, Mi­ami’s de­fense re­mains one of the na­tion’s best. It will be tested Sat­ur­day by Ge­or­gia Tech’s op­tion. The Hur­ri­canes will have to be dis­ci­plined and stick to their as­sign­ments to be ef­fec­tive against the nearcon­stant run.

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