The Miami football team will be without starters, cornerback Tyrique Stevenson, leading rusher and running back Henry Parrish and wide receiver Michael Redding when they play at Virginia Tech on Saturday. In spite of missing the starters, the line quickly moved more in favor of Miami late on Saturday morning.
Miami is listed as an 8.5-point favorite by Fan Duel and nine by WynnBet. Former West Virginia transfer Darryl Porter Jr. will likely receive the biggest boost in playing time with Stevenson out. Jaylan Knighton was also injured last week, but has not been mentioned on the injury report and would likely start for Miami at RB.
Breshard Smith and Colbie Young had boosts in snaps last week and with Redding out, should be the biggest beneficiaries of more reps at wide receiver. Frank Ladson should see a boost in targets with Redding sidelined. Miami is also expecting to be without left tackle Zion Nelson who has missed the majority of the season.
The point spread climbing with the Miami football team having several injured players is surprising. Miami was a seven-point favorite on Friday. The line moving move than 20 percent in 24 hours could be due to multiple reasons. It could be related to Virginia Tech injuries or bets placed on Miami or Virginia Tech.
The Miami football team and Virginia Tech both enter the game on Saturday at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg with three-game losing streaks. Miami has won the last two games versus Virginia Tech, including the last pair in Blacksburg and has won four of the last five meetings with the Hokies.
In addition to the point spread moving in favor of Miami, the total on the game has also increased from 46.5 points to 48.5 in the last 24 hours. The total will likely be determined by how well Miami plays defensively versus what has been an anemic Virginia Tech offense for most of the 2022 season.
Virginia Tech came alive offensively last week in a 45-29 loss to Pittsburgh. The Hokies average 20 points per game and scored only 10 in each game losing to West Virginia and North Carolina prior to playing Pittsburgh last week. Expect multiple Miami players to receive their most snaps of the season versus Virginia Tech.