Miami Hurricanes are Underdogs Against Virginia Tech, Maybe.

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Special Teams

Miami’s special teams start with kicker Michael Badgley. Badgley is 12 for 14 on field goals and he has made all 26 of his extra points this season.

Virginia Tech kicker Joey Slye is just 13 for 20 on field goals but has made all 30 of his extra points. That’s a huge edge to Miami.

Freshman Zach Feagles has had the tough task of replacing All-ACC punter Zach Feagles. Feagles is averaging 38.4 yards per punt. He has dropped 15 inside the 20 while forcing 21 fair catches with only one touchbacks.

Oscar Bradburn is the Virginia Tech Punter. He has forced three fair catches had 19 punts inside the 20 and forced  17 fair catches.

Edge: Virginia Tech.

Miami has been more consistent that explosive on kick an punt returns this season. Freshman Jeff Thomas is averaging 22.1 yards per kick return without a touchdown. Braxton Berrios has yet to break a punt return for a touchdown. His 16.3 yards per punt return ranks six in nation however.

Virginia Tech has only returned 12 kickoff this season. It has been dispersed among three player for an average of 24.5 yards per return. Although their average is a big higher, Miami having the one player in Thomas evens things out. That makes it a bit even.