by Carlton Cabey
The Miami-Virginia Tech rivalry is probably one of the more underrated rivalries in college football. Former Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor says that this game for Tech is bigger than the game vs. in state rival UVA. The Hurricanes lost to Maryland earlier in the season so they can’t afford to take another ACC loss especially from the team on their side of the conference. Two seasons ago Jacory and the Miami Hurricanes went into Blacksburg with a lot of expectations and lost that game, the season went downhill afterward. Redemption could be on the mind of Jacory and the Miami Hurricanes. A few of the keys to winning the game Saturday would be to start out fast on offense, try to quiet down the crowd and get playmakers Travis Benjamin and Lamar Miller involved in the game. They also can’t afford the silly turnovers they have been committing the past couple of games. Jacory has struggled vs. Techs defense in the past, but it is key he takes the sack or throw the ball away. One of the leaders on defense Ray Ray Armstrong is back from a 4 game suspension. He comes back just in time and helps give experience to a young secondary. With Armstrong back JoJo Nicholas could be moved back to corner. It was announced earlier this week that Marcus Forston will be out for the remainder of the season. The Hurricanes are ranked 105 in rushing defense and losing Forston doesn’t help at all. The hurricanes will have a tough time trying to stop RB David Wilson who currently leads the ACC in rushing with 639 yards. He is prone to fumble and the defense will have to do a better job falling on fumbles if they have the opportunity. The key for the defense is to make the Hokies beat them with Logan Thomas’ arm. He has thrown 4 touchdowns and 5 interceptions this season and if pressured has a habit of throwing it up for grabs. They will also need to stay disciplined because Logan Thomas can be dangerous with his feet as well. The Hokies are 7 point favorites. This is the beginning stretch of 6 ACC games and 2 away games so it’ll be interesting to see how Al Golden and his staff prepare Miami for Blacksburg.