Tech has shown plenty of reason to have hope, particularly Tech’s powerful interior offensive line and its third-down defense. However, the special teams have not significantly helped the cause and the fumbling issues, particularly with quarterback TaQuon Marshall and B-back KirVonte Benson, need addressing. It seems unlikely that Tech can upset Miami without a lift of some sort out of the kicking game and a cleaner ball-handling effort.
The defense, too, which has performed far above expectations, is about to undergo its most thorough examination. North Carolina is ranked 91st in FBS in yards per play, Pittsburgh is ranked 97th and Tennessee 99th. Miami is seventh.
Saturday’s game may not answer all the questions about the Jackets, but it will likely reveal far more about the Jackets than the first four.