Miami vs. Virginia Tech fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Miami (5-5) vs. Virginia Tech (5-5) Game Preview
One Reason Why Miami Will Win
The Virginia Tech defense has taken the second half of the season off.
There was a glimpse into the issues with the loss to Old Dominion earlier this year, and there hasn’t been a whole lot of luck over the second half of the season, allowing close to 400 yards or more in every game. But this isn’t a Miami offense that’s going to go off and put up big numbers.
The Canes will win this on defense.
The Miami defensive front continues to be terrific – almost all of the team’s issues are on the other side of the ball. Against a Virginia Tech offense that can’t run the ball and isn’t able to make up for the offensive issues.
Miami leads the ACC in third down stops, and the secondary has been outstanding. The Canes have allowed just three touchdown passes over the last four games and gave up over 200 yards through the air just two times.
It’s possible to get yards against Miami, but budget in at least one interception against one of the ACC’s most efficient pass defenses. Other than to the Georgia Tech offense last week that threw the ball just three times, this group doesn’t give up big plays.
One Reason Why Virginia Tech Will Win
The Miami offense has taken the second half of the season off.
The ACC Coastal is so bad – and the Miami defense so good – that the Cane offense just needed to do something, anything, and it just hasn’t been able to.
Everyone is loading up against the Cane ground game. Miami was able to run for 300 yards against Duke, but that was an aberration over the second half of the season. It doesn’t matter who’s under center; the Miami quarterbacks aren’t producing.
One touchdown pass. One. That’s how many Miami has thrown over the last four games. There aren’t any big plays, the team is struggling to complete half of its passes no matter who’s under center, and there’s nothing in place to keep up.
At home, Virginia Tech has to find a way to score early. Make Miami try to comeback, and force the Cane offense press – it can’t do it.
What’s Going To Happen
What do you like better, the miserable Miami offense or the miserable Virginia Tech defense?
The Canes will keep this simple. It’ll pound away with the running game, won’t take any big chances, and will let the defense take care of the rest in a close, tight game that will be entertaining, even if the teams aren’t that good.
The Miami defensive front will live behind the line and bother Tech QB Ryan Willis, and it’ll work. The Canes will win the turnover battle, setting up the offense for just enough easy scoring chances to finally get a win again to get bowl eligible.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Miami 28, Virginia Tech 27
Line: Miami -6, o/u: 51.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
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