Miami Hurricanes Keys to Victory Versus Virginia Tech

BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 20: Running back Mark Walton
BLACKSBURG, VA - OCTOBER 20: Running back Mark Walton /

Many Miami Hurricanes fans are concerned about this season. The Canes have been scraped by in their last four wins. They have won their last four games by a total of 18 points. Chin up, UM is good.

The one aspect of the Miami Hurricanes this year has been their play calling (*cough* *cough* just like the Dolphins). This weekend is the “Miami Nights” uniform debut on Saturday night, blacking out the uniforms from head to toe.

The Miami Hurricanes have to call the right plays early.  The Canes have had a lot of trust in their ground game all season. With star running back Mark Walton out for the year, backup Travis Homer has taken charge as the starting running back. Homer has performed well for a backup in a starting role.

Homer has 517 rushing yards and five touchdowns averaging 6.4 yards per carry. He also has 14 receptions for 173 yards and another touchdown.

Junior QB Malik Rosier has looked solid, not great but very solid. Miami needs to get the running game going early. Head Coach Mark Richt needs to get tight end Chris Herndon and wide receiver Braxton Berrios involved in the passing game early as well.

Virginia Tech’s defense is allowing 11.5 points per game. Miami should try to utilize the deep ball occasionally. Rosier should look for wide receivers Mike Harley or Ahmmon Richards downfield to try and get into the end zone. With good play calling from the sideline, Miami can still be undefeated after Saturday night.

Virginia Tech comes to Hard Rock Stadium for “Miami Nights” jersey night. The Rock needs to be sold out. All fans need should be wearing blackout shirts, towels, hats, and anything else to have a sea of black throughout the crowd.

The crowd will be a big part of this game, if The U comes out with a win it will lead perfectly to a tough game against Notre Dame team next week.

There is a high possibility that College Gameday will be in attendance for the matchup with the Fighting Irish. The highly known crew of Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard, Rece Davis, David Pollack, and Maria Taylor could be covering what Irish fans refer to as Catholics versus Convicts.

Miami fans will continue to pack The Rock. That will be an advantage for the Canes the rest of the season.

The Hurricanes defense needs to be aware of the Virginia Tech passing game. Young Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson has looked solid all year long with over 2,032 yards passing and four interceptions. The Hokies do run the ball, but Jackson likes to sling it. The Hokies average 265.5 yards passing and 180 rushing yards per game.

This could be another big game to wear the turnover chain for the defense. Racking up 11 interceptions this year, this defensive unit as looked serious. Michael Jackson, Sheldrick Redwine, Malek Young, Jaquan Johnson and the rest of the bunch need to show up.

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Number13 Virginia Tech comes into The Rock on Saturday for 8 p.m. ET kickoff. If you’re going to the game remember to wear black. It’s a Miami Night.