Miami-FL Hurricanes (4-2) at Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2)
|Date & Time||Thursday October 20, 2016, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Virginia Tech Hokies -4.5 -- Over/Under:
We’ve got a great-looking Week 8 college football matchup coming on Thursday, October 20 as the Miami Hurricanes visit the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Miami enters play here with a 4-2 record on the season, winning their first four and dropping their most recent pair. The Hurricanes’ most recent loss came 20-13 at the hands of North Carolina this past Saturday. In that one, Miami QB Brad Kaaya had the ball knocked out of his hand on the Hurricanes’ final possession to effectively finish the game. On the day, Kaaya went 16-of-31 for 224 yards, while most of his passing went to David Njoku, who led Miami with four receptions for 82 yards. RB Mike Walton was the Hurricanes’ leading rusher with 24 carries for 82 yards.
So far this year for the Hurricanes, Kaaya has put up a 98-for-158 line for 1373 yards and a 10:4 TD:INT ratio. Walton leads Miami with 101 carries for 566 yards and eight scores, while Ahmmon Richards has put up 17 receptions for 359 yards and one TD.
Over on the Virginia Tech side, they’re entering this game with a 4-2 record as well, fresh off a 31-17 defeat at Syracuse. The Hokies had rallied in that game to tie the score at 17, but then allowed the Orange to rattle off 14 straight points for the win. In that game, Virginia Tech QB Jerod Evans managed a 20-of-33 line for 307 yards and two TDs, while also leading the running game on 11 carries for 61 yards. Isaiah Ford was the big man in receiving for the Hokies on eight catches for 83 yards and one TD.
On the season, Evans is 96-of-153 for 1352 yards and 17 touchdowns, while Travon McMillian leads Virginia Tech in rushing with 74 carries for 327 yards and three scores. Ford has put up 32 receptions for 459 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Hokies in receiving.
Miami is 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a straight-up loss, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games versus a team with a winning home record. Miami is also 5-2 ATS in their last seven road games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games on grass.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is 4-1 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a winning road record, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven conference games. Virginia Tech is also 21-10 ATS in their last 31 Thursday games, and 1-8 ATS in their last nine games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
In their four wins so far this year, the Hokies have scored at least 34 points, while averaging over 20 in their two losses. As for the Hurricanes, they’ve managed at least 35 points in their four wins and an average of 16.5 in their two losses. Both Virginia Tech and Miami are capable of putting up points, but I trust the Hokies’ defense a little more than I do the Hurricanes. I’ll take Virginia Tech here.