Miami at Georgia Tech
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.