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Georgia Tech favored in ACC clash with Miami

Three years in a row, the Yellow Jackets have beaten their former tormentors from Miami. Three years in a row, they have covered the spread, twice winning outright as road underdogs.

But with a shot at the ACC title on the line and the odds favoring them slightly, can Georgia Tech do it again and make it four on a row tonight?

Preview and ACC Odds - No. 23 Miami Hurricanes at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -3.5 O/U 40.5

Tonight Miami travels to Georgia Tech in a big ACC match up. The Hurricanes are 7-3 and beat Virginia Tech last week 16-13 and the Yellow Jackets are also 7-3 and had last week off.

The Hurricanes can control their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division, as if they win tonight and next week against North Carolina State, they will play in the ACC Title game. The Yellow Jackets can also win the division, but they need to win tonight and next week’s game against a tough Georgia team and get some help.

The key matchup in this game will be the Yellow Jackets and their 11th ranked rushing offense vs. the Hurricanes and their 10th ranked defense. {URL=http://www.oddsshark.com/Stats/Matchup/Football/NCAAF/25942} [ Matchup Report and College Football Betting Trends ]{/URL}

For the Hurricanes to be successful in this game, they will have to stop Tech’s Jonathan Dwyer (1,056 yds 8 TD). The same can be said about the Hurricanes, as they rely on the run and they will match up against a tough Yellow Jackets defense, which ranks 14th in the nation.

The Yellow Jackets have weak offensive line, as they have given up a sack every 7.9 pass attempts. They also need to hold onto the ball, as they rank 2nd to last in college football with 17 fumbles lost.

This season Miami is 5-4 ATS and Georgia Tech is 6-2.

Miami is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road and the total has gone Under in four of the Hurricanes last five games. The total has gone Under in four of Georgia Tech's last five games when playing Miami.

Saturday underdogs who might cover the spread

Air Force (8-3) at No. 15 TCU -18.5 (9-2)

Even though TCU has the nation’s top ranked defense they will be facing an Air Force team that ranks fourth in the nation in rushing yards per game. Air Force ran for 323 yards against BYU last Saturday night, but the reason they lost the game was that they turned the ball over twice. If they hold onto the ball they can cover the -18.5 spread this Saturday.

No. 17 Michigan State (9-2) at No. 7 Penn State -14.5 (10-1)

Even though the Nittany Lions have a better offense and defense than the Spartans, the last time PSU played a good team - two weeks ago vs. Iowa - they lost. The Nittany Lions will also be facing Spartans RB Javon Ringer, who is second in the nation in rushing yards (1,548 yds).