Virginia Tech could be worst offense Miami football plays in 2022

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

Virginia Tech is in the bottom four teams offensively in scoring, total yards, passing and rushing in the ACC in 2022. The Hokies will likely be the worst offense the Miami football team plays in 2022. Miami is a seven-point favorite on the road as both teams enter the game on Saturday with three-game losing streaks.

Virginia Tech is tied for 11th in the ACC averaging 26.0 points per game, is 12th averaging 332.7 yards per game, 13th at 220.5 passing YPG and 13th at 112.17 rushing YPG. Defensively Miami is sixth in the ACC allowing 21.8 PPG, eighth at 362.8 total YPG, third at 100.20 rushing PG and 13th with 262.6 passing PG.

Miami should be able to stop Virginia Tech. The Miami run defense versus the Virginia Tech offense seems like a mismatch. Miami should be able to slow the Virginia Tech pass offense, but Middle Tennessee State entered the game with Miami struggling on offense and blitzed the Hurricanes with four completions of at least 69 yards.

Virginia Tech scored a season-high 29 points in a loss to Pittsburgh last week while allowing 45. The Hokies’ other 2022 season highs have been 475 yards in a 27-7 win over FCS Wofford, 342 passing yards in the same game versus the Terriers and 144 rushing the week before in a 27-10 win over Boston College.

Miami allowed a season-high 45 points, 507 total yards and 408 passing yards versus Middle Tennessee State and 161 rushing yards against North Carolina last week. Middle Tennessee State and North Carolina both significantly exceeded their regular season averages in the 2022 highs versus the Miami defense.

The Miami football team cannot allow Virginia Tech to have season highs on Saturday. Virginia Tech is averaging an anemic 3.24 yards per carry to rank 13th in the ACC. The Hokies are 13th with a 112.47 passer efficiency rating. Virginia Tech is one of only two teams in the ACC with more interceptions than touchdowns.

Hokies’ quarterback Grant Wells has thrown six TDs and seven interceptions. Virginia Tech splits their carries between three running backs. Keshawn King is the one to watch. King has 257 yards, averages 5.98  yards per carry and has two TDs, plus 11 receptions for 89 yards. Kaleb Smith is the top Virginia Tech receiver.

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Smith has 25 receptions for 402 yards and two TDs. Miami cannot continue to have blown coverages. Smith excels at getting contested receptions but is not known for his speed. If the Miami football team can play a complete game they should be able to contain Virginia Tech offensively and end its three-game losing streak.