Date/Time: November 9, 2013 7:00 pm EST
College Football Betting Favorite: Miami -7
Virginia Tech’s football program hasn’t been living up to their normal standards over the past couple years. Frank Beamer’s team is coming off two disappointing losses in a row. Miami lost star running back Duke Johnson as well as their unbeaten season last weekend in Tallahassee. Which one of these teams will get back on track this Saturday night?
Virginia Tech is 6-3 on the year, but their fans expected much more. The Hokies were beaten by Alabama in the season opener, and they have lost their last two at home against Duke and then at Boston College. Those aren’t teams that the Hokies expect to lose to. Logan Thomas continues to struggle in a big way as the team’s starting quarterback. Thomas is completing 55.7% of his passes. He also has thrown 12 interceptions compared to just 11 touchdowns on the year. Trey Edmunds is the team’s leading rusher, but he is only averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Thomas has run it 120 times on the year for only 295 yards. The Hokies offense is 102nd in the nation in total offense.
How is Virginia Tech still 6-3 despite a terrible offense? You guessed it; the Hokies have a tremendous defense. Virginia Tech ranks third in the nation in total defense. The Hokies are first in the country in pass defense and ninth when it comes to stopping the run. Opponents are averaging only 16.9 points per game. Kendall Fuller leads the team with five interceptions. This is an aggressive defense that isn’t about to give anyone an inch, and they keep the Hokies in every game.
Miami lost star running back Duke Johnson to a season-ending injury last week. The Hurricanes were down just seven points at halftime, but Florida State dominated them in the second half. Fortunately for the Hurricanes, they do have a very good backup running back in Dallas Crawford. He actually already leads the team with 10 touchdowns on the year. Stephen Morris is having an up and down year. He has thrown 12 touchdowns, but he already has 10 picks as well. Miami has three offensive linemen out of the lineup right now, so that is a concern for them heading into this weekend. The Hurricanes are putting up 36.4 points per game so far this season.
The Hurricanes defense ranks 35th in the nation in total defense. Opponents are scoring just 20.6 points per contest against this unit. Miami will try to pressure Logan Thomas early and often in this one and force him to make bad decisions with the football as he has done many times during his career. Last year, Miami forced three turnovers in a 30-12 win over the Hokies.
Free Pick: Under 44
The Hurricanes defense has the answers to stop Virginia Tech, and the Hokies defense is as good as any in the country. This game has low scoring written all over it. I like the under here.
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