For the first time since 2015, Virginia Tech and Miami will both finish the season outside the College Football top 25. This year, the pair are also no longer battling for control of the ACC Coastal, the division the schools annually dominate. Instead, Miami and Virginia Tech will face-off this Saturday to determine the biggest loser… and it’s not looking good for anyone.
The mighty have fallen this season as both teams have struggled to find wins in the latter half of the schedule. Despite their strong starts, Tech and Miami are in the midst of their longest losing streak of the season with three and four losses, respectively. The loser of this game will likely finish their season without another win. Virginia Tech will face a much more successful UVA roster, and Miami will be forced to battle the new ACC Coastal leaders, Pitt.
Hope for the Hokies
- Lane Stadium is one of the most eccentric stadiums in college football, but “Enter Sandman” hasn’t helped the Hokies this year. Tech is 1-3 at home, but the Hokies are facing a Miami team which has struggled on the road. This season, the Hurricanes are 1-3 on the road, and taking Lane Stadium never comes without a fight.
- Virginia Tech’s defense is in shambles, but their offense is performing consistently. The Hokies have averaged 23 points per game in their last four outings, with their season low at 21 points. On the flip side, Miami has averaged just 15 points per game in their last four, with 21 points being their highest offensive showing. The Hokie defense will face less of a challenge this Saturday, and if their offense can continue to perform, then they stand a strong chance at a win.
Hope for the Hurricanes
- Miami is on the verge of a five game losing streak; an unprecedented streak in the program’s history. However, Miami has remained competitive in every single one of their losses. In their last four games, Miami has averaged just one touchdown away from a win. This is a feat Virginia Tech has failed to achieve, averaging a 19 point difference in their losses. Even if the Hokie offense can find momentum, the Hurricanes have shown they’re ready to match any level of play.
- Virginia Tech’s “Lunch Pail” defense has been turned into Lunchables this season. The youngest defense in the ACC has been crippled by injuries. The Hokies have faced six major injuries to their defense, leaving huge gaps for any offense to run through. And literally run through. Tech has given up an average of 350 rushing yards per game in their last four. Against both Pitt and Georgia Tech, the Hokies gave up more than 450 rushing yards. If Miami can exploit the running game, then a win is almost inevitable.
Rather than competing for a spot in the ACC Championship, these two teams are desperately fighting to stay alive in the ACC Coastal. This rivalry game is a match-up for pride. Not a match to decide who is better but one to decide which team is worse.
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