Preview vs. Virginia

The #18 Miami Hurricanes (6-2, 3-2) face the #10 Virginia Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1) today at 3:30 p.m. in Charlottesville, Virginia. The game will be shown on ABC.

GAME PREVIEW

#18 Miami Hurricanes (6-2, 3-2) vs. #10 Virginia Cavaliers (7-1, 4-1)
Scott Stadium – Charlottesville, Virginia
November 13 – 3:30 PM Eastern on ABC

Miami has lost two straight games to North Carolina and Clemson dropping them out of the national championship race. Now they need to win out in order to win a share of the ACC title and a possibility of a BCS bowl berth for the fifth straight season.

Virginia enters the contest with a two-game winning streak after losing their only game of the season to Florida State 36-3 in Tallahassee. Virginia has won eight straight home games dating back to last season. If they win their next three games they will be ACC champions outright.

Miami won the last meeting between the two schools in 1996, 31-21. It is the only time these two schools have faced each other.

PROJECTED STARTERS
Offense			        Defense
QB	Brock Berlin		LE 	Bryan Pata
RB	Frank Gore		LT	Baraka Atkins
FB	Quadtrine Hill		RT 	Orien Harris
TE	Kevin Everett		RE	Thomas Carroll
WR	Roscoe Parrish	        SLB	Jon Beason
WR	Lance Leggett		MLB	Roger McIntosh		
LT	Rashad Butler		WLB 	Tavares Gooden
LG	Tony Tella		CB	Kelly Jennings
C	Joel Rodriguez	        CB	Devin Hester
RG	Derrick Morse		FS	Anthony Reddick
RT	Chris Myers		SS	Greg Threat	
K	Jon Peattie		P	Brian Monroe
KEY INJURIES
LB	Tavares Gooden	        Shoulder	Probable
FS	Brandon Meriweather	Shoulder	Probable
CB	Antrel Rolle		Ankle		Questionable
WR	Ryan Moore		Foot		Questionable
TE	Greg Olsen		Wrist		Questionable
QB	Kyle Wright		Ankle		Doubtful
OL	Tyler McMeans	        Knee		Out
DT	Santonio Thomas	        Knee		Out
FB	Kyle Cobia		Shoulder	Out 
OL	Eric Winston		ACL		Out for season
CB	Glenn Sharpe		Knee		Out for season
NOTABLE PLAYERS
Miami: 32.5 ppg – 18.8 pag
QB #7 Brock Berlin 1832 yards 56% 15 TD 4 Int RB #3 Frank Gore 541 yards 4.6 avg 6 TD WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 27 receptions 424 yards 6 TD WR #9 Lance Leggett 13 receptions 246 yards 3 TD CB #6 Antrel Rolle 53 tackles, 1 interception SS #5 Greg Threat 105 tackles, 3 interceptions PK #13 Jon Peattie 10-18 FG, long 49, 30-30 XP Virginia: 33.5 ppg – 13.8 pag
QB #18 Marques Hagans 1486 yards 66% 6 TD 3 Int RB #33 Wali Lundy 705 yards 5.0 avg 14 TD RB #21 Alvin Pearman 649 yards 5.4 avg 6 TD TE #89 Heath Miller 26 receptions 358 yards 4 TD LB #34 Ahmad Brooks 62 tackles, 5.5 sacks LB #56 Darryl Blackstock 29 tackles, 6 sacks PK #6 Connor Hughes 11-17 FG, long 50, 31-34 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

Miami – 59th in Rushing Defense (148.6)
Virginia – 7th in Rushing Offense (254.8)

Miami – 37th in Pass Offense (237.6)
Virginia – 22nd in Pass Defense (187.4)

KEY MATCHUPS

When Miami has the ball…
WR Roscoe Parrish vs. CB Tony Franklin

Parrish (5-9, 170) leads the team in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns. He has scored six touchdowns in the last six games and is inching closer and closer to his first 100-yard receiving day. Parrish needs to lead the air attack to keep the Cavalier defense on their toes. Hamilton (5-10, 185) is a sophomore cornerback from Cleveland and started as a freshman last year—the first freshman corner to start since 1994 at Virginia. He has one interception on the season and is second on the team in solo tackles.

When Virginia has the ball…
RB Wali Lundy vs. LB Roger McIntosh

Lundy (5-10, 215) is third in the ACC in rushing averaging 88 yards per game. Last week against Maryland he rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns. In order for Virginia to win the game Lundy needs to have a strong day. McIntosh (6-3, 235) has been steady at linebacker this season for the Hurricanes throughout all of the lineup changes at the position. He will be in on every situation despite a sore shoulder.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Miami CB Devin Hester - Hester is tied for third on the team with five touchdowns (3 punt, 1 kickoff, 1 rushing). He is currently 3rd in the nation in punt returns (22.8) and 10th in kickoff returns (28.8). Primarily a reserve defensive player he will play some on offense.

Virginia WR Michael McGrew – McGrew is the team's top wide receiver and will be needed in order to stretch the Miami defense. Virginia primarily uses their tight end in the passing game, but Miami practices against top tight ends each day in practice. On the season McGrew has 17 catches for 262 yards and one touchdown.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

On the strength of Virginia:

"They are a good football team and I don't know if you can pick out one thing--that is what makes them so successful."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Quarterback Brock Berlin on the team's attitude after losing two straight:

"You see a bunch of guys that are pretty pissed off"

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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