Miami Hurricanes at Virginia Tech Hokies (+3,
Following a long layoff from ACC play, the Miami Hurricanes get
back at it when they visit Virginia Tech on Thursday for a
matchup of teams in dire need of a league win. The Hurricanes
have not played since posting a 55-34 triumph over Cincinnati
on Oct. 11 and have not faced an ACC foe since losing 28-17 at
Georgia Tech on Oct. 4, a defeat that saw Miami surrender 318
rushing yards. The Hurricanes were the ones dominating on the
ground the next time out, when they rolled up 335 yards versus
The Hokies barely could comprehend such production with the
running game after they managed only 26 rushing yards in a
21-16 loss at Pittsburgh last Thursday. The woeful effort in
Virginia Tech’s lowest-scoring performance this season has
caused the staff to shake up the offensive line, including the
insertion of freshman Wyatt Teller at left guard. The Hokies
have won eight of the last 11 meetings, including three
straight at home by an average of 19 points.
TV: 8 p.m. ET, ESPN.
LINE HISTORY: At
Pinnacle Sports, the Hokies opened as 1.5-point faves but
have moved all the way to +3. The total opened 48.5.
INJURY REPORT: Miami – OL Kc McDermott
(questionable, leg), OL Taylor Gadbois (questionable,
undisclosed). Virginia Tech – LB Dahman
McKinnon (probable, knee), WR Isaiah Ford (probable, ankle), RB
Marshawn Williams (questionable, leg).
WEATHER FORECAST: Temperatures will be in the high-40s
under clear skies. Wind will blow across the field at 8 mph.
WHAT BOOKS SAY: “This one has obviously seen a
major spread swing. We sent out Hokies -3 (+105) with a total
of 51.5. We’re currently dealing Miami -2.5 (-115). The initial
action was sharp and the public piled on. More than 60 percent
of our moneyline bets have come in on the home dog. The total
has dropped 2.5 points and 70 percent of the wagers have come
on the under.” John Lester,
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Major move in this game saw
the Hokies move from -3 to +3. Word is it was wise guys play.
Considering Miami is winless, 0-3, on the road this season and
Frank Beamer’s 16-6-1 ATS home dog log in his career, I
wouldn’t be one bit surprised to see the line come back
Virginia Tech’s way by kickoff.” Covers
Expert Marc Lawrence.
ABOUT MIAMI (4-3, 1-2 ACC Coastal): Much of it has to
do with the level of competition, but the Hurricanes have had
wildly disparate results depending on the location of their
games, going 4-0 at home with an average margin of victory of
22 points while dropping all three of their road contests by an
average of 13 points. Standout freshman Brad Kaaya has thrown
11 touchdowns against three interceptions at home compared to
five TDs and six picks on the road, while speedy wideout
Phillip Dorsett has recorded all six of his scores in Miami.
Duke Johnson, who has one TD in each of his last six games, has
rushed for at least 90 yards in all seven contests thus far.
ABOUT VIRGINIA TECH (4-3, 1-2): In addition to
a shuffle along the offensive line, the Hokies hope to receive
a boost in the running game in the form of Marshawn Williams,
who may return from a sprained right ankle that kept him out of
the Pittsburgh game. “He’s doing well,” coach Frank Beamer said
at Monday’s press conference. “I’m not sure he’s going to play,
but it’s looking better all the time, I’ll say that.” Williams,
a freshman, ran for 119 yards against Western Michigan on Sept.
27 and scored his third TD of the season the following weekend
in a win at North Carolina.
* Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
* Underdog is 5-1 ATS in their last six meetings.
* Hurricanes are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 meetings.
* Under is 17-4 in Hokies last 21 Thursday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers
Consensus, 57 percent of bettors are supporting to Hokies.