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By Carlos Pineda
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Miami and Virginia Tech have clearly established themselves as the early favorites in the Coastal Division.

Game of the Week

No. 14 Miami 45, Georgia Tech 30 — The Hurricanes knew they had their hands full going into Saturday against the triple option. And it showed for the first quarter of the game as the Yellow Jackets had a 17-7 lead. Georgia Tech's offense ran for 150 yards and UM's offense was on the field for only six plays.

The Hurricanes made the necessary adjustments and outscored the Jackets 28-13 in the second half to go to 5-0 this season. Miami took its first lead of the game late in the third quarter and put up 551 yards of total offense. Feeling the effects of a bruised ankle, Stephen Morris shook off two early interceptions and passed for 324 yards. Duke Johnson added 325 all-purpose yards and the Canes rushed for 227 yards.

Despite getting off to a great start, Georgia Tech's offense was held to 185 rushing yards combined in the last three quarters. The Jackets have now dropped two straight league games and five straight to Miami.

Post-Game Reaction

— We learned two things from Tallahassee: 1. Florida State is more talented than anybody thought. 2. Maryland was truly overrated. Nobody saw the Seminoles dropping 63 points on Maryland, but "Famous Jameis" Winston was spectacular once again. He passed for 393 yards, had five touchdowns and threw zero interceptions. After a slow first quarter, FSU took a 21-0 halftime lead and added 21 points in each of the last two quarters to complete the blowout. The Seminoles have a bye this week before their big showdown against Clemson.

— Virginia Tech is a dangerous team. The Hokies offense has been criticized frequently this season but they improved to 5-1 and most importantly 2-0 in the Coastal Division with their 27-17 win versus North Carolina. Despite being out-gained, Virginia Tech put up enough points early on to give itself a cushion.

— Virginia and N.C. State both suffered embarrassing losses. The Cavaliers were lit up by the MAC's Ball State and the Wolfpack proved to be futile against Wake Forest. Despite giving Clemson quite a challenge two weeks ago, Dave Doeren's bunch showed signs of struggle when they barely beat Richmond in the second game of the season. It's no surprise Virginia's offense has struggled to put up points this season but it was another thing to give up 48 points and 506 yards to the Cardinals.

— Clemson's Tajh Boyd lit up Syracuse on Saturday as he passed for 455 yards and five touchdowns. He continues to lead the Tigers' magical season and it looks like he will need to have a flawless performance in two weeks against Florida State.

Carlos Pineda - Carlos Pineda is a featured writer for Southern Pigskin. He covered the UCF Knights football team for Florida Today in 2010. Carlos' work has been published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami Herald, Orlando Sentinel and Orlando Business Journal. He attended the University of Central Florida. Follow Carlos on Twitter @CarlosFPineda.