THE DEFENSE IS GETTING THERE
It’s been a roller coaster of a year for Bud Foster’s unit — which was expected to be one of the nation’s best back in August, but then preceded gave up at least 495 yards of offense in its first three losses. However, the past two games have given optimism to Tech fans everywhere. Yes, Clemson put up 38 points against them, but anyone who actually watched the game can tell you that’s a poor indicator of their performance. The Hokies should be able to continue their success against an offense like Miami’s, that — like their own — has had its fair share of trouble with inconsistency.
Since these two rivals joined the ACC, the Hokies have had the upper hand, winning every matchup but two (2005 and 2008). Will that continue on Thursday night? No telling. Both teams are 4-4, and a victory would put both teams in great position for a Coastal Division championship. To say there’s a lot on the line would be an understatement.
This should be a really competitive, fun game to watch. Both teams have had their fair share of struggles this season, but are in a position to put themselves in great shape coming down the stretch (thanks, if nothing else, to North Carolina’s postseason ban and ACC mediocrity). Again, broken record, here: if Tech can establish the run game (which it has no reason not to do), it's going to be just fine.
Hokies 27, Hurricanes 21