Georgia Tech at Miami, 3:30
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens
Weather: 86 degrees, wind: 10 mph to east-northeast, 10 percent chance of rain, 61 percent humidity
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Quick slant: After opening with a stretch against four non-conference opponents, Miami begins its ACC schedule with the Coastal Division rival Yellow Jackets, who are looking to bounce back after a 17-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Georgia Tech leads the all-time series 10-8, though Miami has won the last four meetings including a 42-36 overtime victory in Atlanta last year.
About Georgia Tech: Along with their well-known triple-option offense, the Yellow Jackets bring a solid defense with them to South Florida. Tech’s defense ranks in the top 15 nationally in scoring defense (t-8th), red-zone defense (t-9th), first downs defense (10th), and rushing defense (11th). The unit has allowed just 10 second-half points over the last six games going back to last season.
About UM: The 14th-ranked Hurricanes are off to their first 4-0 start since 2004 and are one of just five teams in the nation that have not trailed this season. Last week against USF, Miami had four sacks, bringing its season total to 16—four more than it had last year.
What to watch:
* Quarterback Stephen Morris left both of Miami’s last two games early because of a bone bruise on his ankle. He’s been improving and is expected to be in better shape this week than he was last Saturday against USF, which will give Miami’s offense a boost. He passed for a career-best 436 yards against the Yellow Jackets in 2012
* Since Paul Johnson took over at Tech in 2008, the Yellow Jackets have rushed for more yards than any FBS team. They’ve totaled 21,527 rushing yards in that span and average more than 300 rushing yards per game.
* Miami’s defense is tied for the ACC lead with 13 turnovers gained. That ranks fifth nationally. That unit is also tied for fifth nationally in red zone defense. Hurricane opponents have made 10 trips to the red zone this season resulting in just three touchdowns, three field goals and four stops.
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