The Miami Hurricanes were taken down in embarrassing fashion a week ago by conference and in-state rival, the Florida State Seminoles. Miami looks to be a contender in the ACC for the remainder of the season, but it looks like that one loss will doom the Hurricanes moving forward.
The Virginia Tech Hokies were ranked in the Top 25 not too long ago, but a tough loss to the Duke Blue Devils ruined any hope they had at winning an ACC title. It looks like the Hokies are dropping off as they lost another game to the Boston College Eagles last week — making it two straight ugly losses.
Miami will likely finish the season with just one loss, but it will feel like two. What do I mean by this? Well, losing Duke Johnson for the season in last week’s game was not easy and the Hurricanes will be moving forward without their top offensive weapon. Johnson had rushed for 920 yards and six touchdowns on the year before going down with an ankle injury in the loss to Florida State. Stephen Morris will have to carry the load as the senior quarterback has 1,655 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season, hitting Allen Hurns 33 times for 590 yards and four touchdowns.
Virginia Tech is led by senior quarterback Logan Thomas who led the Hokies to a BCS bowl just two seasons ago before struggling in the past two years. Thomas has 2,056 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season while leading the 65th-ranked passing offense. Joshua Stanford and Demitri Knowles combine for 62 catches for 905 yards and just two touchdowns on the season. Those two wide outs are what is making Thomas’ job a bit easier.
Defensively, the Hurricanes rank 25th in points against per game as well as 49th in the nation in yards allowed per game, giving up 390. Virginia Tech ranks eighth in the nation in points allowed per game and third in yards allowed per game.
Virginia Tech will travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes at 7 p.m. EST on Saturday, Nov. 9. The game will be broadcasted on ESPN.
PREDICTION: Virginia Tech 17, Miami 20