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Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

Virginia Cavaliers (2-8) at Miami Hurricanes (7-3)

College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Sun Life Stadium)

The Line: Miami Hurricanes -20 -- Over/Under: 56 See the Latest Odds


The Virginia Cavaliers travel down to Miami to play the Hurricanes on Saturday afternoon.

Virginia is 2-8 overall, 0-6 ACC, after losing on the road against North Carolina two weeks ago. After starting the season 2-1 the Cavaliers have lost 7 straight games and may not win a game the rest of the year with games against Miami and Virginia Tech left on the schedule. The Cavaliers rank in the bottom half on offense and defense this year. Virginia is averaging only 20.5 points per game, which ranks 109th in the country, and they are allowing over 33 points per game, which ranks 101st in the country this year. QB Watford has thrown for 1,974 yards and 7 touchdowns this season. WR Smith leads the team in receiving with 24 grabs for 365 yards with one touchdown. RB Parks, who may be the best player on the team, has rushed for 796 yards and 10 touchdowns while also catching 34 balls for 305 yards this season. The defense has not allowed less than 35 points in the past 4 games and will have their work cut out for them this week against Miami. On the bright side, Virginia has had two weeks to prepare for this game and the Hurricanes are not playing well right now.

Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

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The Miami Hurricanes are 7-3 overall, 3-3 ACC, after losing at Duke 48-30 last weekend. Miami started the season 7-0, but have lost three straight games due to poor play and devastating injuries to two of their top offensive players, RB Duke Johnson and WR Phillip Dorsett. Dorsett, who has 13 catches for 272 yards with 2 touchdowns this year, may play this week against Virginia. Johnson, who is out for the year, had 920 yards rushing with 6 touchdowns before going down with a broken right ankle. QB Stephen Morris has been inconsistent over the past month and has thrown for 2,358 yards with 16 touchdowns this season. WR Hurns leads the team with 45 catches for 839 yards and 5 touchdowns, while WR Waters has 28 catches for 406 yards and 5 touchdowns. RB Crawford, who has carried the load since Johnson’s departure, has 446 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. The offense is averaging 34.5 points per game, which ranks 38th in the country this season. Defensively, the Hurricanes looked great early in the year but have allowed over 40 points in the past three games. Miami ranks 57th in the country, giving up over 25 points per game this season.The Hurricanes will look to bounce back against a weak Virginia team at home this weekend.

Virginia is a mess right now and while they will have had two weeks to prepare for the Hurricanes, I don’t think it really matters in this matchup. If Miami comes to play, instead of giving up on their season, they can beat Virginia by 40 points, that’s just how bad the Cavaliers are right now. I’ll take the home team to win by three touchdowns.

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