Virginia vs. Miami fearless prediction and game preview.
Virginia vs. Miami Broadcast
Date: Friday, October 11
Game Time: 8:00 ET
Venue: Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, FL
Virginia (4-1) vs. Miami (2-3) Game Preview
Why Virginia Will Win
Miami’s offensive line has been a big, big problem.
It’s dead last in college football in sacks allowed, it’s not generating anything for the ground game, and it’s having problems getting much of anything consistently moving for an attack that’s converting fewer than 30% of their third down chances.
Virginia’s pass rush might have been overshadowed by Notre Dame’s in the loss a few weeks ago, but it still generated four sacks and it’s still second in the nation in sacks per game and leads the ACC in tackles for loss.
This isn’t a Miami offense that handles adversity all that well.
This might be a desperate group of Hurricanes in need of a win, but it’s a rested Virginia team that’s had two weeks off to get ready for the showdown. After the wild and crazy loss to Virginia Tech last week, Miami has to find the energy to recharge in a big hurry.
Why Miami Will Win
Okay, N’Kosi Perry. It’s your ship to sail.
Jarren Williams played well despite getting beaten up behind the leaky O line, but he’s out hurt with a shoulder injury, and now it’s up to Perry to let it rip.
He rallied the team back in the loss to Virginia Tech – making it interesting late – stepping in and throwing for 422 yards and four scores, and now he has push the Virginia secondary and keep firing away.
Defensively, the Miami pass rush hasn’t been as good as it’s supposed to be, but this is the game to step it up. Virginia’s offensive line has been fine, but it couldn’t handle the pressure from the previously-underwhelming Notre Dame pass rush, and the game changed.
The Canes have to bring the heat from the start.
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What’s Going To Happen
Miami had one good run against a mediocre Virginia Tech team, and that’s been it so far this season against FBS teams. It struggled against Central Michigan, it lost close games to Florida and North Carolina, and now it gets a nationally-televised home game with the desperate need to come up with a win.
This is a rock-solid Virginia team that needs more of a running game and has to cut down on the turnovers, but expect the rest to be a big deal. The short week for Miami will matter, and the extra time to get ready for this will make a difference for a Cavalier blocking scheme that has to keep QB Bryce Perkins from getting leveled like he did in South Bend.
Virginia vs. Miami Prediction, Line
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