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Game Preview - Hokies underdogs vs Hurricanes at Miami

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Two teams trying to bounce back from ugly performances collide Saturday, when Miami hosts Virginia Tech in a key ACC Coastal Division game.

The Hurricanes, who were run over at Florida State and lost their top offensive weapon, opened as 6.5-point favorites over the reeling Hokies. Miami leading rusher Duke Johnson injured his ankle in the Hurricanes’ 41-14 loss to Florida State.

The Hokies have lost two straight, including a 34-27 loss at Boston College last week. Virginia Tech lost to Duke the previous week.

Miami ended a three-game losing streak to Virginia Tech with last season’s 30-12 win over the Hokies. Virginia Tech has covered the spread in seven of the last 10 meetings. Eight of the last 10 meeting have stayed UNDER the total.

Head to head, the Hokies own a 9-3 ATS streak. However, Virginia Tech is 1-8 ATS in its last nine road games facing a team that is 8-2 ATS in 10 home games.

Backers of the Hurricanes have seen them go 7-1 and 4-4 ATS so far this season, while the Hokies are at 6-3 and 3-4-2 ATS. In totals betting, the Hokies are 3-6, while the Hurricanes are 3-5.

View Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Odds and Stats.

On the opening line for this matchup, the Hurricanes sat as 6.5-point favorites, according to BetOnline. The total, meanwhile, was 44 over at Bovada.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Hurricanes rated this week at No. 32 and the Hokies sitting at No. 55. It may or may not play a role in OddsShark score prediction models that turned out a 27-17 result in favor of the Hurricanes this week.

Virginia Tech was a 34-27 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Boston College. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as favorites, while the total score (61) made winners of OVER bettors. In Virginia Tech's last outing, Logan Thomas threw for 391 yards in a losing cause against the Eagles, 34-27 at Alumni Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Miami's No. 32-ranked offense, averaging 36.38 PPG, against a Hokies defense that ranks No. 8 this week at 16.89 PPG. The Hurricanes aerial game is averaging 259.88 yards per game, more than the Hokies secondary allows through the air, 150.56 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Hokies own the league's No. 21-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 123.67 yards per game when on the road. Miami, on the other hand, rates No. 34 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Hokies at Hurricanes trends to consider:
Virginia Tech is 7-14-3 ATS in its last 24 games
Virginia Tech is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Virginia Tech's last 5 games
Virginia Tech is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
Miami is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Miami is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Miami's last 15 games
Miami is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games at home

Next up:
Virginia Tech at Maryland, Saturday, November 16th
Miami at Duke, Saturday, November 16th