Miami Hurricanes are Underdogs Against Virginia Tech, Maybe.

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So what gives? Why the doubt? Understand there is a permeating idiosyncrasy that the national media has leached on to that shouldn’t affect their perception but it has.

Miami has not won a big game in a very long time. Do you want to know why so much doubt shrouds the Hurricanes program after the longest current winning streak in America? Start there.

Miami last beat a ranked team in last year’s Russell Athletic Bowl. West Virginia was ranked 14th. The Hurricanes last regular season win over a ranked team was over Duke in 2015.

Miami hasn’t beaten a ranked Virginia Tech team since number five Miami won in Blacksburg in 2005. This is the biggest meeting between the programs since then.

Much liked they needed to end the seven game streak against Florida State was important for claiming the U is back, a victory over the Hokies would be equally so. Virginia Tech won five of the first seven ACC Coastal Division Championships.

After defeating Miami 37-16 last season the Hokies captured their sixth Coastal Division title last season. That was their first in six years. Miami is still waiting to make their first ACC Championship Game appearance.

It doesn’t have to end there. When Miami charges into Hard Rock Stadium vs Virginia Tech, it does so on prime time television for the college football world to see. Despite, however, the pundits want to spin the narrative or devalue Miami’s current undefeated season they really can’t. You simply can not minimize perfection.