Voyaging southward, the No. 17 Virginia Tech Hokies will be facing off against the Miami Hurricanes in an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) clash on Saturday.
This will be the first time the two teams have met since 2017, when the Hurricanes came away with a 28-10 home victory.
The Hokies (4-1, 4-1 ACC) enter the game with an impressive streak of success, having won four consecutive contests. Led by quarterback Hendon Hooker, Virginia Tech has averaged over 34 points per game on offense and their defense has allowed just 16.2 points per game.
The Hurricanes (5-1, 4-1 ACC) have been similarly successful, winning five consecutive games and averaging 33.3 points per game on offense. Led by quarterback D’Eriq King, Miami’s defense has also been formidable, allowing just 14.3 points per game.
Both teams have been bolstered by their respective defenses, with the Hokies’ defensive unit leading the nation in total defense and the Hurricanes’ defense ranking second in the ACC.
Virginia Tech coach Justin Fuente expects a tough matchup against the Hurricanes.
“They have a really good team,” Fuente said. “They’re well-coached, they have a great quarterback, and their defense is really, really good. It’s going to be a difficult game for us.”
The Hokies will need to be at their best if they are to come away with a win, and will be looking to capitalize on their defensive strengths.
“We know we need to play well on defense, but we also want to make sure we’re creating scoring opportunities,” Fuente said. “We want to be aggressive and take chances to score points.”
Saturday’s clash between the No. 17 Hokies and Miami Hurricanes will be a hard-fought battle between two of the top teams in the ACC. Virginia Tech will be looking to put an end to their two-game losing streak against the Hurricanes, while Miami will be aiming to extend their winning streak to six games. It promises to be a thrilling game, and one that could have a major impact on the ACC standings.