2 Miami football opponents named among 2024 potential breakthrough teams

South Florida and Virginia Tech were named by 247 Sports with "Nebraska, Kansas among college football's 2024 potential breakthrough teams."

Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA;  Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal (right) greets
Oct 15, 2022; Blacksburg, Virginia, USA; Miami Hurricanes head coach Mario Cristobal (right) greets / Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
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The Miami football program will renew rivalries with South Florida and Virginia Tech this season. The Bulls and Hokies were named by Brad Crawford with "Nebraska, Kansas among college football's 2024 potential breakthrough teams."

Miami will play its fourth and final 2024 non-conference game at South Florida on September 21. Six days later Miami hosts Virginia Tech. Miami starts the 2024 season on August 31 at Florida. Most of Miami's 2024 schedule is favorable. Starting the season versus Florida, South Florida and Virginia Tech could be emotionally cha

Crawford touched on various reasons South Florida and Virginia Tech are potential breakthrough teams. South Florida is the only Group of Five program that signed a top 50, 2024 recruiting class. The Bulls return quarterback Byrum Brown who threw for 4,101 yards and accounted for 38 touchdowns in 2024.

Like Miami, South Florida returns a record setting wide recevier. Sean Atkins set the South Florida single-season record with 92 receptions in 2023. Brown's 26 TD passes were also a single-season South Florida record. South Florida will be charged and ready against Miami. The Bulls also play Alabama in 2024.

After a one-year hiatus, the Miami versus Virginia Tech rivalry will be renewed on September 27 at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami leads the all-time series 25-15 versus Virginia Tech. The Hurricanes have won the last three games versus the Hokies and five of the last six. Miami has won 14 of the 21 games played in South Florida.

Virginia Tech is ranked 23rd in the 247Sports Way Too Early Top 25. South Florida is unranked. Virginia Tech returns QB Kyron Drones who completed 58.2 percent of his attempts in 2023 for 2,085 yards, 17 TDs, three interceptions with 818 rushing yards and another five TDs.

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Leading rusher Bhayshul Tuten returns for Virginia Tech. Tuten had 863 rushing yards and 10 TDs with 27 receptions for 239 yards and another two TDs. The Virginia Tech at Miami game is the ACC opener for both teams. A win versus a borderline Top 25 could help set the tone for the rest of the conference season.