The Miami Hurricanes (6-1) rank No. 9 in the country, but the headline all week has been how they are the Vegas underdogs to Virginia Tech (4-3).
Our 305Sports UM writers gave their take on the road contest.
Art Moreno, Lead Hurricanes Writer (Season Record: 5-1)
31-24 Miami: Miami comes into the game after an up and down showing the past few weeks, while VT is coming off their worst showing of the season. You have an angry Hokie team looking to rebound that always plays Miami to the wire. And then there’s an inconsistent Miami team fielding a different team each week. If Miami plays at its best, expect it to not be close. It may be a repeat of the NC State game if the Hurricanes defense can’t hold it together..
Anthony Yero, Lead Hurricanes Writer (Season Record: 7-0)
31-27 Miami: The Hurricanes are definitely the more well-rounded team in this match, but the loss of DT Jared Harrison-Hunte and LB Zach McCloud will sting the defense as VT’s a very good running team. With Brevin Jordan back, though, UM’s offense will have more weapons and should lead them to a victory.
Michael Yero, Lead Hurricanes Writer (Season Record: 6-1)
17-14 Miami: With a chance at redemption from last year’s heartbreaking loss, expect Miami to climb into an early lead and use the consistency of its running back game to gain yardage. This time around, however, it won’t likely be that high scoring.
Jose Zarraluqui, Hurricanes Writer (Season Record: 7-0)
37-28 Miami: In order for Miami to get revenge from last year’s loss, their defense will need to somehow handle quarterback Hendon Hooker. He’s not only a threat in the running game, but in the passing game as well. Miami’s linebacker core will be my main focus defensively, along with the corners. Last week, the linebackers and corners didn’t look great, which was surprising considering that they faced up against a backup QB.
Offensively, Mike Harley and D’Eriq King must keep that spark connection they’ve had the past few games. Rhett Lashlee needs to use the same play-calling as he did last week. If Miami utilizes the receiving cores speed and athleticism, expect to see a similar offensive performance compared to last week.