This Thursday's matchup between longtime rivals Virginia Tech and Miami won't remind fans of some of their previous battles, but this game will be just as important for both schools.
Both enter this game with 4-4 records. Miami is currently at 3-2 in the ACC, and the Hokies are 2-2.
As strange as it may sound, the winner of this game will more than likely control their own destiny to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC title game.
The Hokies have won 12 of the past 17 meetings between the two schools, including five of the last six.
Thursday night games have generally been kind to the Hokies—they have posted an 18-5 record. They are 8-2 away from the friendly confines of the Lane Stadium.
Here are five keys to Thursday night's game.