Preview vs. Virginia Tech

The Miami Hurricanes (8-2) host the Virginia Tech Hokies (9-2) in the final game of the regular season with the ACC championship on the line. The game begins at 1:00 p.m. in the Orange Bowl and will be televised nationally on ABC.

GAME 11 – PREVIEW

#9 Miami Hurricanes (8-2, 5-2) vs. #11 Virginia Tech Hokies (9-2, 6-1) Orange Bowl – Miami, Florida December 4 – 1:00 PM Eastern on ABC

The ACC championship is on the line, as the Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies face off in the Orange Bowl. The winner will win the conference championship and receive an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game. The game features the ACC's two newest teams and two teams that are very familiar with each other, having played annually since 1992 in the Big East Conference.

Virginia Tech is 9-2 after defeating Virginia 24-10 last Saturday. The Hokies lost two of their first four games (to Southern Cal and North Carolina State), but have won seven consecutive games. Under head coach Frank Beamer, the Hokies have played in bowl games the last 11 seasons.

The Hurricanes and Hokies have played 21 times, with Miami holding a 15-6 lead in the series. However, Virginia Tech has won six of the last nine games including last year 31-7 in Blacksburg.

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	Leon Williams		
LT	Rashad Butler		WLB 	Romeo Davis
LG	Tony Tella		CB	Antrel Rolle
C	Joel Rodriguez	        CB	Kelly Jennings
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
LB	Roger McIntosh	        Shoulder	Probable
DT	Santonio Thomas	        Knee		Questionable
TE	Greg Olsen		Wrist		Doubtful
FB	Kyle Cobia		Shoulder	Out 
OL	Eric Winston		ACL		Out
CB	Glenn Sharpe		Knee		Out

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Miami: 34.3 ppg – 17.8 pag
QB #7 Brock Berlin		2370 yards 57% 21 TD 4 Int
RB #3 Frank Gore		819 yards 5.2 avg 8 TD
WR #1 Roscoe Parrish 	        36 receptions 615 yards 8 TD	
WR #83 Sinorice Moss	        18 receptions 339 yards 3 TD
CB #6 Antrel Rolle		61 tackles, 1 interception
SS #5 Greg Threat		122 tackles, 3 interceptions
PK #13 Jon Peattie		12-21 FG, 41-41 XP

Virginia Tech: 33.7 ppg – 12.8 pag
QB #3 Bryan Randall		1817 yards 55% 17 TD 7 Int
RB #20 Mike Imoh		708 yards 4.8 avg 6 TD
WR #19 Josh Hyman	        22 receptions 420 yards 5 TD
WR #4 Eddie Royal		23 receptions 389 yards 2 TD
DE #55 Darryl Tapp		53 tackles, 7.5 sacks
CB #2 Jimmy Williams	        45 tackles, 4 interceptions
PK #46 Brandon Pace		20-25 FG, 41-41 XP
NOTABLE TEAM STATISTICS

Miami – 27h in Pass Offense (250.2)
Virginia Tech – 5th in Pass Defense (150.7)

Miami – 8th in Pass Defense (166.7)
Virginia Tech – 89th in Pass Offense (180.7)

KEY MATCHUPS

When Miami has the ball…
QB Brock Berlin vs. DE Darryl Tapp

Berlin (6-1, 215) is Miami's candidate for ACC Player of the Year and a strong performance Saturday could wrap up that award. He has been on fire during ACC competition throwing for 17 touchdowns and two interceptions in seven games. He threw for a career-high 361 yards last game and has not thrown an interception in four games. Tapp (6-1, 265) is one of the top pass rushers in the ACC and needs to lead the Hokies defensive line against Miami. He will need to provide pressure on Berlin so he does not have time to throw and make easy reads downfield.

When Virginia Tech has the ball…
QB Bryan Randall vs. CB Antrel Rolle

Randall (6-0, 230) is also a strong candidate for ACC Player of the Year looking to have a solid ending to a great senior season. They lost a number of quality players last year and many people did not expect the Hokies to be playing for the ACC title on the last week of the season. He has shown the ability to run and could give the Hurricanes troubles if he can run free. Rolle (6-1, 200) is the leader of the defense for Miami and has been a good tackler this season. Very few corners in the country are as physical as Rolle and he will have to pay close attention to Randall in the game.

KEEP YOUR EYE ON

Miami CB Devin Hester - Hester is currently 3rd in the nation in punt returns (19.8) and would be 11th in kickoff returns (26.8) if he had enough attempts. Primarily a cornerback, he will be used on offense occasionally. This season he has 40 yards rushing and 25 yards receiving to go along with three interceptions.

Virginia Tech CB Eric Green – Last year Green returned an interception for a touchdown to stretch the Hokie lead to 17-0 in the third quarter and never looked back. The Clewiston native has seven career interceptions.

COKER'S FINAL WORD

"It is time to play now. This week is about over and guys are ready and anxious to play. It should be a great atmosphere Saturday between two good football teams."

PLAYER QUOTE OF THE WEEK

OL Chris Myers on the importance of the game:

"It's a do-or-die for us. BCS bowl or bust."

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

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