Miami opened as a 3.5-point favorite on the road in its first ACC game, according to VegasInsider. By Monday evening, that line had moved to 6.5 points.
The Hurricanes (3-0), ranked 14th in this week’s Associated Press poll, face Georgia Tech at noon Saturday (ESPN2).
The Yellow Jackets (3-1, 1-1 ACC) are coming off a 26-7 loss at home against No. 5 Clemson.
Last season, Miami beat Georgia Tech 38-21 at Sun Life Stadium, on the Hurricanes’ senior day. Mark Walton scored three all-purpose touchdowns and Brad Kaaya eclipsed the 300-yard mark. The Yellow Jackets, who lost quarterback Justin Thomas early on what coach Paul Johnson called a “cheap shot,” committed four turnovers.
Before the game, fans paid for planes to fly banners that commented on the Hurricanes’ coaching search. “Make Miami Great Again — Butch Davis 2016” and “We Need a Coach Not a 27-47 ‘Recruiter’ #SayNoToMario” commented on two of the early names that surfaced, former UM coach Butch Davis and Alabama assistant Mario Cristobal.
Miami, of course, saw Mark Richt fall into their laps after Georgia fired him at the end of the regular season. Richt brings a 13-2 career record against the Yellow Jackets, which UGA plays annually. Richt’s teams are 8-0 in Atlanta.
In Miami’s last visit to Bobby Dodd Stadium, in 2014, Golden’s team lost 28-17 in a game Georgia Tech controlled from start to finish. UM beat Georgia Tech 42-36 in overtime in 2012 and has won six of the last seven meetings in the series.
Georgia Tech finished 3-9 and 1-7 in the ACC. Its only conference win was a last-second thriller against Florida State. Its fans