NCAA Football – Week 10
The Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes have had a rich history with each other that has spanned through a pair of conferences. Now, the two sides are going to meet with a potential spot in the ACC Championship Game on the line when they meet on the college football odds on Thursday night.
The Hokies haven’t won a road game this year, and they are 0-5-1 ATS in their last six games played outside of Lane Stadium. That’s what makes it odd that they are favored in this one, knowing that this might be the toughest road game that the team has faced this year. QB Logan Thomas has had a disappointing season, as he has thrown for just 1,910 yards with 13 TDs against 10 picks to go with his 298 yards and five scores on the ground. The offensive line just hasn’t poked enough holes for him and his running game, and the as a result, this is a rare Head Coach Frank Beamer coached team that just doesn’t run the ball all that well. More disappointing is the defense, which has allowed 24.0 points per game on the campaign. Even worse is that this unit has allowed at least 27 in all of its road games, something that is badly going to have to change on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes really figured that they were going to compete for the ACC Coastal Division title this year, and they still could. However, they could just as easily lose this one, lose to the Duke Blue Devils, and drop one more to not qualify for a bowl game as well. Winning out is the key to getting to Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game with a shot at getting into the BCS, but we know that this has been a disappointing season for “The U.” The Canes had a week and a half to prepare for this game after getting creamed by the Florida State Seminoles here at this venue the last time that they were on the field, and it is going to be up to QB Stephen Morris to grit through this one to get Miami back in the win column. Morris seems to be fully healthy now in spite of the fact that he clearly played through the Florida State game in some pain thanks to a shoulder injury.
The Hokies probably are the better of these two teams, but we just don’t see how they are going to be able to win a game on the road more often than not. This just isn’t a good year for Beamer Ball, and it is going to show on Thursday night, as Miami covers its second straight game in this series. This time though, it will get the outright ‘W’ as well. Miami 27 – Virginia Tech 20