Miami has had a lot of success playing in ESPN Thursday night games amassing a 15-1 record in these prime time match-ups. The Hokies have had their own success on Thursday nights and will be no slouch when they walk into Dolphin Stadium on Thursday. Miami is coming off of a bye week to get healthy and prepare for a very important ACC game. Virginia Tech just got QB Sean Glennon back after missing time with injury and may have Tyrod Taylor back as well. Javarris James says he is finally healthy. I believe he proves it to the nation with a big game on the night his cousin Edgerrin is enshrined in the UM Ring of Honor. I think Miami will pressure the Tech QBs and force them to make mistakes that will lead to a short field for Robert Marve, Jacory Harris and the Canes offense. Ultimately, I think Miami at home pulls out the victory in a hard fought game.
Miami 24 Virginia Tech 20
I expect the Canes to win their home finale in a hard fought game with Virginia Tech. I think the Canes defense will put together its best performance of the season on Thursday by pressuring Sean Glennon and Tyrod Taylor who are still limited by leg injuries and stop Darren Evans the Hokies' freshman sensation at running back. Jacory Harris and Robert Marve will need to be smart versus an opportunistic Virginia Tech defense and if they are I think they will make enough plays to win the game. A win tomorrow keeps Miami in the race for an ACC Coastal Division title and I expect Miami to come out and play an excellent game.
Miami 20 Virginia Tech 10
While Virginia Tech's running game looked good last week and while Tyrod Taylor gives them a different dimension if he's able to go, the Hokies haven't been an explosive offense this season. They rank near the bottom of the Division 1 rankings in total offense this season. Their offensive success this season is similar to that of teams like UCF, Wake Forest, and Duke. Defensively, the Hokies will be one of the best teams the Hurricanes have faced all season. In fact, only Florida and Florida State have higher ranked defensive units right now. The special teams play could be the difference. Virginia Tech is always strong in that area and they'll be looking to limit what someone like Travis Benjamin can do against them. I think the Canes have a few more playmakers on offense and I think Miami's defense will be able to slow down Tech's bread and butter -- their ground game. I think the Canes will win another close one against a good opponent.
Canes 24, Hokies 20