Miami-FL Hurricanes (4-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2)
College Football: Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Lane Stadium)
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -6 -- Over/Under: 51 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami Hurricanes and Virginia Tech Hokies meet Thursday night in a key ACC college football showdown at Lane Stadium on ESPN.
The Miami Hurricanes look to remain unbeaten on the road and snap back from back-to-back tough losses. The Miami Hurricanes have not lost three straight games since the end of the 2014 college football season. Brad Kaaya is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,373 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaaya has one or less touchdown passes in seven of his last 10 games. Stacy Coley and Ahmmon Richards have combined for 662 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while David Njoku has 14 receptions. The Miami Hurricanes ground game is averaging 188.5 yards per contest, and Mark Walton leads the way with 566 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Miami is allowing 14 points and 313.2 yards per game. Rayshawn Jenkins leads the Miami Hurricanes with 40 tackles, Joe Jackson has 3.5 sacks and Adrian Colbert has one interception.
The Virginia Tech Hokies look to remain unbeaten at home and stay in the ACC Coastal race. The Virginia Tech Hokies have won four of their last six home games. Jerod Evans is completing 62.7 percent of his passes for 1,352 yards, 17 touchdowns and two interceptions. Evans has two or more touchdown passes in his last four games. Isaiah Ford and Cam Phillips have combined for 800 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Bucky Hodges has 18 receptions. The Virginia Tech Hokies ground game is averaging 188.6 yards per contest, and Travon McMillian leads the way with 327 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Virginia Tech is allowing 18.2 points and 291.5 yards per game. Andrew Motuapuaka leads the Virginia Tech Hokies with 57 tackles, Ken Ekanem has 4.5 sacks and Greg Stroman has three interceptions.
The Hurricanes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Hokies are 21-10 ATS in their last 31 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Hurricanes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 10-3 in the last 13 meetings.
The Miami Hurricanes look like a team that lost its way after losing two winnable games at home and getting little to no consistency from their offense. Virginia Tech had a rough loss at Syracuse, but the Hokies have been far more consistent overall and have been very tough at home. If you've been following college football over the years, you know playing at Lane Stadium at night is one of the tougher things to do in college football. I was high on the Hurricanes before the season, but those two losses to Florida State and North Carolina have me worried.
I have to back the Hokies at home.