The Miami Hurricanes have already registered an upset of a ranked team when they took down the Ohio State Buckeyes in their second game. However, a costly loss to undefeated Kansas State kept the Hurricanes from surging even further up the rankings.
The Hurricanes kicked off the year with a 28-24 loss to Maryland. The conference loss was a bad way to start the season, but they rebounded with a convincing 24-6 upset of Ohio State. The Hurricanes scored 24 points yet again, but lost to the Wildcats by four and lost the momentum they had built.
Last week, Miami dominated a non-conference opponent, while the Virginia Tech Hokies saw their offense exposed in a 23-3 loss to Clemson. The Hokies only passed for 125 yards and committed two turnovers, and the loss dropped them 10 spots in the rankings to No. 21 in the country.
The Hurricanes haven’t beaten the Hokies since 2008. In fact, the Hokies outscored Miami 62-14 in the last two matchups between the teams. Both teams have very different rosters than they did in 2010, when the Hokies defeated the Hurricanes 31-17 to claim the ACC championship.
It looks as if it’ll be a defensive battle between the two teams, which both sport top-30 defenses. The Hokies only allow 12.6 points per game, which is good for eighth in the nation.
The Hurricanes are going to need a huge performance from running back Lamar Miller, who gained over 150 yards on the ground against the Hokies last year. He’s coming off a two TD performance, but it was against relatively unknown Bethune-Cookman.
Both teams are starting new QBs this year, so the Hokies won’t get to terrorize Stephen Morris again this time around. The Hurricanes are sending out senior Jacory Harris, who didn’t do much better against the Hokies in 2009.
With two more years of experience, Harris should be ready to face the stifling Virginia Tech defense, and will succeed in his last game against them.