Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Las Vegas Odds and Free College Football Predictions


Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech Hokies
7-1 (2-0 V)
8:00 pm ET, Saturday, November 4, 2017
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens
Miami Hurricanes
Miami Hurricanes
7-0 (4-0 H)
ABC
 
Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Las Vegas Odds and Free College Football Predictions

Miami has won its last four games by a total of 18 points, but Hurricanes coach Mark Richt isn't concerned about posting big wins to impress pollsters.

Richt's apparently believes in the approach first espoused by former Oakland Raiders owner and coach Al Davis: Just win, baby!

The four-point victory over Florida State, one-point decision over Georgia Tech, eight-point decision over Syracuse, and last week's five-point struggle against one-win North Carolina didn't keep the Hurricanes (7-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) from earning a No. 10 ranking in the season's first College Football Playoff rankings going into a Saturday prime-time match with No. 13 Virginia Tech in Miami.

"I don't think it really matters," Richt said of Miami's recent close calls. "I think if we win, we'll move up. My guess is if we win every one by one, we'll be in the deal."

Certainly a win over the Hokies (7-1, 3-1 ACC) by any margin should have a positive impact on the rankings.

Coach Justin Fuente's club has won three in a row since dropping a 31-17 decision to Clemson, including a 59-7 rout of a North Carolina team that pushed Miami to the brink before losing 24-19 last week.

"Justin Fuente has done a really outstanding job -- not just a good job, a great job -- of putting his team together," Richt said of the Hokies coach who, like Richt, is in his second season with his current team. "He has got a great place to coach, and I'm sure he inherited some wonderful players.

"He has done great with them and is recruiting well. The job they're doing there is outstanding."

Both Virginia Tech and Miami have first-year starters at quarterback, and both have been successful. Miami's Malik Rosier has completed 56.7 percent of his passes for just under 296 yards a game. Virginia Tech's Josh Jackson has a 62.3 completion percentage for 254 yards a game. They don't have impressive rushing numbers -- Rosier is averaging 30 yards a game on the ground, Jackson 24 -- but they both have shown the ability to escape.

"He's a very dynamic athlete," Foster said of Rosier.

"You can't say enough about him," Richt said of Jackson.

This game has been a key matchup for both teams since they began competing against each other on a regular basis back in the 1990s when they were Big East colleagues. After losing the first 12 meetings, Virginia Tech won five in a row from 1995-99 to really ignite the rivalry that has continued since both joined the ACC for the 2004 season.

"Obviously, when we beat them in 1995, it was one of my early memories because we had not beaten them before," long-time Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said. "That was my first year as coordinator, and we were 0-2 going into that game.

"That turned our season around and ultimately, really, our program. We never looked back from that point for a long, long time. I really think that was one of the signature wins in the series without a doubt.

"After that, we have had a lot of battles with these guys."

Over the past 17 meetings, the Hokies have won nine, the Hurricanes eight, but more significantly, the Hokies have won six Coastal Division and four ACC titles since the league split in 2005. The Hurricanes are still looking for their first division and conference crowns.

This game could decide which team wins this year's titles.

The victor will have a leg up in the division race, especially if it is Miami. A win over the Hokies would make the Hurricanes only undefeated team in the conference and would give them a two-game lead over the Hokies in the division race plus the advantage in any potential tiebreaker with the Hokies.

In fact, if the Hurricanes win, the only team that could beat them out of their first title-game appearance would be Virginia. The Cavaliers have lost twice in league play going into their game against Georgia Tech on Saturday and could wind up in a tie with the Hurricanes if they would win out and Miami loses one other league game.

One more loss, however, would eliminate Virginia from the race.

The Cavaliers and Hurricanes meet Nov. 18 in Miami. The Hurricanes finish the regular season at Pittsburgh on Nov. 24.

VDB Free Betting Prediction:  Virginia Tech 23, Miami 16

 

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes VDB Sport Betting Odds and Matchup Report

Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes VDB Betting Odds

  Spread MoneyLine Total
Virginia Tech Hokies -1 (-105) -115 46 (-110)o
Miami Hurricanes +1 (-115) -105 46 (-110)u

Team Records

Virginia Tech Hokies

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-1 5-1 2-0 5-3 4-2 1-1 35.38 11.50 23.88
vs Conf 3-1 2-1 1-0 2-2 2-1 0-1 30.75 12.75 18.00
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 2-1 2-0 0-1 35.33 6.67 28.66

Miami-FL Hurricanes

Name Record Home Away ATS ATS Home ATS Away Offense Defense Diff
Overall 7-0 4-0 3-0 3-4 1-3 2-1 32.00 18.71 13.29
vs Conf 5-0 2-0 3-0 2-3 0-2 2-1 26.20 17.60 8.60
Last 3 3-0 2-0 1-0 0-3 0-2 0-1 25.33 20.67 4.66

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Injuries

Virginia Tech

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Steven Peoples RB Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/31/17 Peoples has an ankle injury and it is undetermined if he will participate in Saturday's game against Miami.
Yosuah Nijman OL Ques Sat - Lower Body - 10/31/17 Nijman is dealing with a lower-body injury, leaving his status against Miami on Saturday clouded.
Drake Delullis TE Doub Sat - Leg - 11/2/17 Delullis missed the last game with a leg injury and is unlikely to take part in the game on Saturday against Miami.
C.J. Carroll WR Doub Sat - Foot - 11/2/17 Carroll is battling a foot injury and has sat out the last three games. He is not expected to suit up Saturday against Miami.
Divine Deablo DB out for season - Foot - 10/6/17 Dealbo has a foot injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season.
Tavante Beckett LB Out indefinitely - Suspension - 9/13/17 Beckett has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules.
Caleb Farley WR out for season - Knee - 8/14/17 Farley has a season-ending knee injury.

Miami

Player   Status/Updated Notes
Malik Rosier QB Prob Sat - Shoulder - 11/1/17 Rosier has a shoulder injury but is likely to be available against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Dee Delaney DB Prob Sat - Knee - 11/3/17 Delaney has missed three-straight games due to a knee injury but is expected to return against Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Navaughn Donaldson OL Prob Sat - Ankle - 11/3/17 Donaldson has sat out the last three games with an ankle injury but is expected to be back in the lineup Saturday against Virginia Tech.
Mike Harley WR Ques Sat - Ankle - 10/30/17 Harley sat out the previous game an ankle injury and his availability against Virginia Tech on Saturday is in question.
Mark Walton RB out for season - Ankle - 10/8/17 Walton will require season-ending surgery for a right ankle injury.
Robert Burns RB Out indefinitely - Shoulder - 10/14/17 Burns has been sidelined by a shoulder injury and it is currently unknown when he will return.
Evidence Njoku WR out for season - Knee - 10/18/17 Njoku has been sidelined by a hyperextended knee and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.
Gerald Willis III DL out for season - Personal - 8/23/17 Willis III will not play during the 2017 due to a leave of absence.
Jamie Gordinier LB out for season - Knee - 8/20/17 Gordinier suffered a season-ending right knee injury.

Recent Meetings

  Yard Margins
Date Away Home H Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
10/20/16 MIA 16 VT 37 -4.5/52.5 W/O -158 -209 51
10/17/15 VT 20 MIA 30 -3/51.5 W/U 34 -61 95
10/23/14 MIA 30 VT 6 2.5/47.5 L/U 194 244 -50
11/9/13 VT 42 MIA 24 -4.5/43.5 L/O -198 -156 -42
11/1/12 VT 12 MIA 30 1/57.5 W/U -74 -65 -9
10/8/11 MIA 35 VT 38 -7.5/45.5 L/O 36 63 -27
11/20/10 VT 31 MIA 17 2/50 L/U 95 11 84
9/26/09 MIA 7 VT 31 2.5/46 W/U -161 -213 52
11/13/08 VT 14 MIA 16 -4/41 L/U -3 46 -49
11/17/07 MIA 14 VT 44 -16.5/42 W/O -145 -184 39

Virginia Tech Last 10

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  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
10/28/17 DUKE W 24-3 -17/49.5 W/U 204 86 118
10/21/17 UNC W 59-7 -20.5/53.5 W/O 211 127 84
10/7/17 @ BC W 23-10 -16/48 L/U 87 -44 131
9/30/17 CLEM L 17-31 7/48.5 L/U 10 -56 66
9/23/17 ODU W 38-0 -28.5/53 W/U 433 207 226
9/16/17 @ ECU W 64-17 -27/60 W/O 394 247 147
9/9/17 DEL W 27-0 -41/54 L/U 80 -26 106
9/3/17 WVU W 31-24 -5/55 W/P -123 13 -136
12/29/16 ARK W 35-24 -7.5/61 W/U 94 129 -35
12/3/16 CLEM L 35-42 10/58.5 W/O -84 -80 -4

Miami Last 10

  Yard Margins
Date vs Score Line ATS Tot Rus Pas
10/28/17 @ UNC W 24-19 -21/55.5 L/U -13 -117 104
10/21/17 SYR W 27-19 -17.5/60.5 L/U 81 -128 209
10/14/17 GT W 25-24 -6.5/50.5 L/U 200 -42 242
10/7/17 @ FSU W 24-20 -2.5/45.5 W/U -69 -120 51
9/29/17 @ DUKE W 31-6 -5.5/55 W/U 60 -44 104
9/23/17 TOL W 52-30 -13.5/60.5 W/O 141 152 -11
9/2/17 COOK W 41-13 -50/61 L/U 205 201 4
12/28/16 WVU W 31-14 -3/58.5 W/U 134 -14 148
11/26/16 DUKE W 40-21 -16/55 W/O 173 93 80
11/19/16 @ NCST W 27-13 -2.5/52 W/U 86 10 76