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5 Most Important Things vs. Georgia Tech

Since the Louisville debacle my pre-game blog entries have focused on goals UM needed to meet to show the kind of improvement needed to win games like Saturday's against Georgia Tech and next week at home against Virginia Tech. For the record, UM went a combined 8-5 in the goals I set for them in their last three games.

GtechSo, anyway, now that we've finally reached the point where they are playing those big games I'm debuting a new theme to preview each of UM's remaining games: 5 Most Important Things. These are the five most important things I think the Canes needs to either achieve themselves or stop the other team from achieving to win. Each week, I'd like to hear what you guys think are the 5 Most Important Things before kickoff. Then, we can go back and see if we were right or wrong. Now, for this week's 5 most important things.

1. HOLD GEORGIA TECH TO FEWER THAN 20 POINTS: It's no secret UM's offense has been lackluster this season. The defense itself has asked for the UM offense to "Just give Us 21 and We'll Take Care of the Rest." This week, the defense can't back down from that promise or the Canes won't win. I would also include limiting Calvin Johnson from making big plays. But it won't matter if the Canes can hold G-Tech to fewer than 20 points.

R01_canes_spts_add 2. UM'S DEFENSE MUST CONTINUE TO PROVIDE TURNOVERS AND GOOD FIELD POSITION FOR THE OFFENSE: Miami's offense hasn't driven 80 yards down the field for a score this season more than once in a single game except against FAMU. I don't want to set a fixed number of turnovers the UM defense must produce, but I think its going to need to be somewhere around 3 for their offense to have a better chance of eclipsing 21 points.

3. UM's OFFENSE CANNOT TURN THE BALL OVER INSIDE ITS OWN 30: The defense is already going to be working its tail off. If the offense gets careless and gives Georgia Tech great field position and easy scores, the enthusiasm of UM's defense will quickly fade and the Yellow Jackets will be on their way to an easy victory.

4. ESTABLISH A RUNNING GAME: For the past three weeks, UM's running game has gone from very good to mediocre to flat out terrible. If UM can't pick up yardage on the ground and Kyle Wright is forced to throw on nearly every big play, UM will not win this game.

5. DO WHAT IS ASKED ON SPECIAL TEAMS: Jon Peattie cannot miss field goals and the special teams cannot pick-up any stupid penalties that kill field position. Getting a big play in this game would obviously be a plus. But making a mistake would be far more costly.

MY PREDICTION: Georgia Tech 23, UM 20. As badly as the Hurricanes have played this season, I can't see them showing up to Bobby Dodd Stadium and playing any worse than they already have. UM usually plays better on the road in tough ball games -- just look up last year's road trip to Virginia Tech. I would go with the flat out upset here because I really don't think much of the Yellow Jackets. But considering how much UM's running game has struggled of late, that to me will ultimately be why the Canes will lose this game. In last year's big road win at Virginia Tech, UM ran the ball soundly. Unless we see Javarris James running all over the Yellow Jackets on Saturday, I fear this game will end up being decided by a late offensive blunder.

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You are a dreamer.
I love the kids, I love the U but we get punched out tomorrow at GT.
They are a much better coached team, though we have better athletes.

Prediction
GT 24 UM 10

Bye Bye Coker,
Welcome Back Butch

Miami will have to come out throwing the ball in order for the running game to work. GT will focus on James. I think Kyle has to have a big game in order to come out with a victory. The running backs will have to pick up the blitz, and the offense will have to give Kyle time throw the ball. I think that's the biggest key in this game. Also, the wide receivers cannot have one drop ball in this game. The defense have to contain GT quarterback (Ball), and put pressure on him. He is known to force the ball when he dose that,which usually results in interceptions. I agree with the special team. It has to be perfect. Hopefully, this is the begining where Miami turn things around. Good Luck guys.

Hey folks... I see another "Louisville" type beating coming here. It will start out competitive at first maybe for the first couple of series (like the Louisville game) then Ball and Johnson will wake up and go to work on that UM defense, who will be discouraged by their own offense vomiting all over the field with their poor play. Balls will be dropped all day. Holes will be closed and James, along with Wright will be running for their lives. A huge injury may occur in this game which will be the final blow to a disappointing season, and ultimately cost Coker his job. I love the old guy, but his players will show their support for him by their play (or lack of good play) today. I (figuratively) see a "Cane Mutiny" reaching it's boiling point.
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..... But then again, They could come out and smack GT in the mouth like they did VT last year and shut everybody (including me) up, and roll on the rest of the year. Hey It could happen! hahahaha.... NOT!

Hold it down folks!

This team has NOT gotten any better.
Just like the canes haven't scored in the second half of games, the coaches have not developed the team or the skills of the players.
It is an unfortunate truth.
Coach Coker, you've left Butch Davis a significantly worse team than he left you.

Hey can. That's not enirely true. some of the Freshman have developed in ball players. Look at Sammy Shields. He's stepped up and made some plays after that drop against FSU. and James is still pretty good even though Duke shut him and miami down in the second half. Yeah yeah yeah I know it was DUKE DAMMIT!!! but hey they were missing a key lineman (and with THIS team, they need everyone to be there to "gel"). I'm not making any excuses because it was still DUKE DAMMIT!!! but he has shown that he can make plays. Colin McCarthy is going to be a stud and he's ready to step in NOW and play the Mike backer. But on the whole, the overall progress has been embarrassing.

Hey fellow canes fans I live in Georgia, but Iam from south fla. I went to the sports bar 10 minutes from Ga tech and was muged by all the chater from tech fans. Coker definetly has to go. I go to the barber with some of the tech players and they ripped me this year and last ,I also have to hear it from Lousiville players cause they come there to, WE ARE NOW LOSING TO BASKETBALL SCHOOLS ,WE ARE BAD man Iam cathing it up here. I cant understand how choker did not challenge that interception. Man we are as bad as Fla state and thought that would not happen, but what can we expect they have beaten us for 2 yrs, after we have dominated them. Kyle Wright is mud, who do he think he is Tebo or Troy SMITH WITH HIS PITTIFUL RUNNING. He and SHITHEAD CHOKER has to go bring on killer Butch to reserct the huricane to the terror we use to be before we were calmed by calm choker. PEACE ATL FROM SOUTHDADE

whats i thing about playing football at your college im in the 7th grade.namev zachary mo0rris

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