Before Miami can begin to think about a possible appearance in the ACC Championship Game, they must first focus on this week’s task at hand – Virginia Tech.
The Hokies’ (4-4, 2-2) are coming off of a 38-17 loss against Clemson. Likewise, Miami (4-4, 3-2) is coming off of a disheartening loss against rival Florida State, 33-20.
If Miami is not careful, Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas can wreck havoc on Miami’s young defense if they fail to apply pressure. The junior quarterback has thrown for 1,910 yards but has shown that he is interception prone. He lists ten picks on the year and has been sacked a total of 15 times.
When the two teams last squared off, the Hokies’ stunned Miami in a late rally, winning in Blacksburg, 38-35. Thomas completed 23-of-25 passes for a career-high 310 yards, and accounted for five touchdowns (3 passing, 2 rushing) including a game-winning 19-yard scamper.
RB David Wilson ran for 128 yards on 23 carries.
Miami had a weapon of their own in RB Lamar Miller. Miller accounted for 166 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
Athlon Sports predicted QB Logan Thomas to be the teams offensive MVP – thus far, his season has been nothing short of mediocre. The Hokies’ began their 2012 quest ranked No. 16 in Athlon’s Top 25 Countdown and like Miami, they find themselves on the outside looking in. In Miami’s case, if they can somehow win out in the remainder of their games (Virginia Tech, Virginia, USF and Duke), they will likely find themselves in a rematch with their old rival, Florida State, in the ACCCG.
Some background information from hokiesports.com:
- Nov. 1 will mark the 30th time that Virgina Tech and Miami have met. Miami leads the all-time series, 17-12.
- Thursday night will be the seventh time that Virginia Tech has traveled to Sun Life Stadium, where the Hokies’ record is 2-4.
- Virginia Tech is 10-21 under head coach Frank Beamer when playing at NFL stadiums.
- The Hokies’ have lost their last six games away from Blacksburg.
Miami is led by Florida native Stephen Morris who has thrown for an impressive 2,214 yards and 10 touchdowns. Morris has been recovering from a sprained ankle suffered against North Carolina, but expect him to be healthy come Nov. 1.
Miami WR Phillip Dorsett leads the ‘Canes receivers with 518 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
Virginia Tech will face the two-headed monster in RB Mike James and freshman Duke Johnson. This season, James has rushed for 427 yards and five touchdown while Johnson has contributed 455 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns of his own.
Where these two teams rank according to ESPN:
- Passing Yards – 54th (242)
- Rushing Yards – 71st (157)
- Points For – 60th (29)
- Points Against – 48th (24)
- Passing Yards – 26th (288)
- Rushing Yards – 96th (127)
- Points For – 72nd (27)
- Points Against – 98th (32)
When: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012; 7:30 PM ET
Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Fla.
Favorite: Oddsmaker lists Virginia Tech as a +2.5-point favorite