Hokies & Hurricanes Open November With Thursday Tilt
By: Willie Bee
Monday, October 29, 2012
Virginia Tech Hokies at Miami Hurricanes
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Date: 11/01/2012 at 7:30 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: Va Tech -2, O/U NA
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Virginia Tech Hokies: Frank Beamer and the Hokies (4-4 straight up, 2-6 against the spread) started the season with a lot of hope, but have since dropped three of their last four games and sit just 2-2 in the ACC ranks. Virginia Tech has had nearly two weeks to let a 38-17 loss at Clemson sink in, a game that was marred by four turnovers, including two interceptions by junior Logan Thomas who ranks 72nd in the country with a 127.6 QB rating (13 TD, 10 INT). Despite their pedestrian record, the Hokies still have a chance to make it to the conference championship if they can win out and get some help along the way. Beamer's bunch has had the Hurricanes' number recently with five wins in the last six meetings, also covering five of the clashes.
Miami Hurricanes: The 'Canes have dropped their last three games, including conference setbacks to North Carolina (18-14) and Florida State (33-20) after opening the ACC schedule with a 3-0 mark. Miami (4-4 SU, 5-3 ATS) was also idle this past Saturday and will have to address the running game on both sides of the ball. The Hurricanes managed to gain just 29 yards on 21 carries vs. Florida State while surrendering more than 200 on the ground for the seventh straight game. Miami ranks next-to-last in the country (123rd) allowing nearly 250 yards per game rushing. A couple of key injury notes find QB Stephen Morris probable with a left-ankle sprain, an injury he suffered in the Oct. 13 loss to the Tar Heels, while RB Duke Johnson is also currently listed as probable with a foot injury. Miami's last three games have stayed 'under' the total, and four of the last five in this series played in Miami have also failed to reach the number.
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