The Hokies hit the road to Coral Gables to take on Miami in a huge ACC Coastal tilt. I was very surprised to see that they were a road favorite as it means Vegas doesn’t respect what the Canes have done as of late. I’ve said it on the air multiple times that the Hurricanes are living on the edge and eventually it’s going to fall on it’s face. Miami’s in the mix for a CFB playoff berth, but has not looked playoff caliber the last few weeks as they need late scores to beat Georgia Tech and Florida State and looked awful in Chapel Hill. Before the pick, here’s the trends:
- Since 1992, Virginia Tech is 12-3 ATS as a road favorite of three points or less.
- They are 10-3 on the road the last three seasons but have covered just six of those contests.
- Miami is 13-3 at home the last three seasons, but have covered just eight games.
- The Canes are 9-16 ATS the last 25 meetings with Virginia Tech.
To me, these two squads have a lot in common because they both rely on young quarterbacks and a stout defense to get them through. Losing Mark Walton has hurt Miami’s balance, but they’ve attempted to plug the hole with several players. Josh Jackson has been great for Virginia Tech, but he’s also dealing with a limited deck in terms of skill position players outside of Cam Phillips. The crowd will be interesting because I know a lot of people will travel from Blacksburg for this one and Miami fans are very fickle. The Under is probably worth a look here with these two, but I’ll go with Virginia Tech to get the big win on the road and keep their playoff hopes alive.
Virginia Tech 24-23
Here’s my interview with the voice of Miami Joe Zagacki from Thursday’s show: