Miami Hurricanes (6-4) at Virginia Cavaliers (4-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 22, 2014, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Virginia Cavaliers +6 -- Over/Under: TBA
The Miami Hurricanes travel to Virginia to play the Cavaliers on Saturday night at Scott Stadium.
The Miami Hurricanes dropped to 6-4, 3-3 ACC after losing at home to Florida State 30-26 last weekend. The Hurricanes had won three in a row before losing to the Seminoles, knocking off Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina. Miami held a 13 point lead at halftime, but three turnovers proved to be costly for the Hurricanes. Miami allowed 418 total yards against the Seminoles, but forced three turnovers. On the year, the Hurricanes defense is allowing an average of 22.7 points per game, which ranks 32nd in the country. Against Florida State, QB Brad Kaaya completed 16 of 34 passes for 316 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. TE Clive Walford led the team with 4 catches for 127 yards and a score. RB Duke Johnson played great, carrying the ball 27 times for 130 yards and a touchdown. On the season, Miami’s offense is averaging 32.3 points per game, which ranks 49th in the country. The Hurricanes will go out on the road for the final time this season; Miami is 1-3 away from home this season.
The Virginia Cavaliers dropped to 4-6, 2-4 ACC after losing to Florida State two weeks ago on the road. The Cavaliers have lost four straight games overall to the likes of Duke, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and now the defending champs. The Virginia defense is allowing an average of 25.2 points per game on the season. The Cavaliers defense started off the season strong but they have allowed 20, 28, 35, and 34 points in their last four games. The Virginia offense is averaging 26 points per game, 241.5 passing yards, and 142 rushing yards per contest. QB Greyson Lambert has completed 59.8% of his passes for 1,275 yards with 8 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. WR Darius Jennings leads the team with 466 yards receiving, while WR Canaan Severin has a team-high 34 catches and 4 touchdown grabs. Senior RB Kevin Parks has rushed for 669 yards and 4 touchdowns this season. The Cavaliers will play their final home game this weekend; Virginia is 4-2 at Scott Stadium this season.
Virginia has won three of the last four meetings with Miami, however; the Hurricanes beat the Cavaliers last season 45-26 at home. Miami is coming off a tough loss against Florida State last weekend, while Virginia will have had two weeks to rest and prepare for this matchup. I think Virginia will come out playing hard for the home crowd on senior night. However, Miami is too talented on both sides of the ball and they are the superior team. I think Miami will come out angry after blowing the game against the Seminoles and they will get the win and cover on Saturday night.