In just his second year as head coach at Miami (Fla.), Mark Richt is already accomplishing things recent predecessors struggled to do.
The biggest, latest example: beating Florida State.
The Hurricanes held off the rival Seminoles 24-20 in Tallassee, moving to 4-0 and up to No. 11 in the latest Associated Press poll.
It was Miami's first win over FSU since 2009.
And now, Miami -- which was ranked in preseason polls for the first time since 2010 -- sets its sights on an ACC Championship berth -- something the program has never done since the game's inception in 2005.
The door is open, but it starts with a tough matchup on Saturday with upset-minded Georgia Tech.
The Yellow Jackets have their own championship game aspirations. After a shocking season-opening 42-41 loss to Tennessee, Tech has won three straight. Both the Jackets and Canes are 2-0 in the ACC.
Opponents know what to expect when it comes to facing Georgia Tech. The team is averaging a ridiculous 396 rushing yards per game, while the defense ranks sixth in the nation in yards allowed (260.1).
TaQuon Marshall has 523 yards on the ground, KirVonte Benson is at 476 and as a team, Tech is averaging 9.6 yards per rush attempt.
Miami’s great win was tempered by the big loss of star RB Mark Walton, who suffered a season-ending ankle injury. The sophomore had 428 yards rushing in four games for the Hurricanes.
Miami is 7-1 against Tech, and is 11-1 on Thursday night home games.
Three other teams are still unbeaten in the ACC, and all of them -- Clemson, N.C. State and Virginia -- are road favorites.
The SportsLine Projection Model simulated college football games 10,000 times and came up with final scores and projected player statistics.
Below are the matchups for Week 7 of the ACC, with projected final scores and statistics. Projections are updated every 10 minutes.
Friday, Oct. 13
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: Clemson 38, Syracuse 15
Vegas line: Clemson opened at -21, with the line quickly moving to -22.5 (O/U 56)
Projected Statistics: Clemson’s Kelly Bryant goes 24-of-38 passing for 314 yards, 2.16 TDs and 1.20 INTs, with Travis Etienne rushing for 65 yards on 8.5 carries. Eric Dungey passes for 209 yards for Syracuse, which runs for 77 yards.
Saturday, Oct. 14
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: N.C. State 34, Pittsburgh 30
Vegas line: The Wolfpack are at -12, from the opening line of -10 (O/U 56)
Projected Statistics: For the Wolfpack, Ryan Finley passes for 393 yards and 2.43 TDs, with Kelvin Harmon catching 5.5 passes for 83 yards and Jaylen Samuels 7.3 passes for 71 yards. May Browns throws for 254 yards and 1.83 TDs for the Panthers.
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: Florida State 23, Duke 22
Vegas line: The Seminoles are favored by 6.5 points on the road (O/U 43.5)
Projected Statistics: For FSU, James Blackman passes for 238 yards, 1.31 TDs and 2.54 INTs, with Cam Akers running 15.2 times for 69 yards. Daniel Jones passes for 199 yards, 1.20 TDs and 1.19 INTs for the Blue Devils.
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: Louisville 39, Boston College 18
Vegas line: The Cardinals are a 21.5-point home favorite (O/U 57)
Projected Statistics: Lamar Jackson passes for 309 yards, 2.45 TDs and 1.47 INTs and runs for 77 yards and 1.46 TDs for Louisville. Anthony Brown throws for 162 yards for B.C.
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: Virginia 30, UNC 29
Vegas line: The Cavaliers are a 4-point favorite on the road (O/U 55)
Projected Statistics: Brandon Harris passes for 237 yards, 1.79 TDs and 1.13 INTs for UNC. Kurt Benkert throws for 232 yards, 2.20 TDs and 1.32 INTs with Doni Dowling catching 4.3 passes for 65 yards for Virginia.
SportsLine Projection Model’s score: Miami 28, Georgia Tech 22
Vegas line: Miami is a 6.5-point home favorite (O/U 52.5)
Projected Statistics: Malik Rosier passes for 244 yards and Ahmmon Richards catching 5.2 passes for 86 yards for the Hurricanes. KirVonte Benson runs for 110 yards and TaQuon Marshall goes for 93 yards for Tech.
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