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#109 Virginia 46.5 vs.
#110 Miami - FL -2.5
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 8:00pm EDT
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami
Written by Scott Reichel

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Week seven of college football continues as #20 Virginia travels to Hard Rock Stadium to take on Miami FL on Friday, Oct. 11 at 8:00 P.M. This will be the 17th meeting between these two teams. The last meeting occurred last season when the Cavaliers narrowly beat the Hurricanes at home by a score of 16-13.

Virginia Looks To Remain Ranked

Virginia enters this game with a 4-1 record as it lost to Notre Dame two weeks ago before having week six off. Virginia actually led at halftime in that game before eventually losing by 15 points due to some sloppy play in the second half. However, it is still ranked in the top-20 and it will definitely need to continue its winning ways on Friday if it wants to remain ranked in week eight. Now, Virginia will look to use its extra preparation time to gameplan for a Miami team that will be looking for a statement win at home. If Virginia does not limit its turnovers on Friday, the Cavaliers will definitely be on upset alert and their shot at making the ACC Title Game could potentially be over.

Leading the Cavaliers offensively will be senior quarterback Bryce Perkins who has been solid so far this season. Specifically, he has 1,177 passing yards along with eight passing touchdowns. In addition, he also has 164 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns so he does possess a lot of dual-threat ability. However, Perkins has also been very turnover prone as he has thrown six interceptions. With a very athletic defense up next, he will need to do a better job at limiting turnovers.

Virginia's biggest threat on defense is junior linebacker Zane Zandier who has been amazing through its first five games. So far this season, he has a team-high 37 tackles along with three sacks. In addition, he also is tied for another team-high with one interception and even managed to return that one for a touchdown. With an inexperienced quarterback up next, Zandier should have a lot of opportunities to create some more turnovers on Friday.

Hurricanes Look To Save Their Season

Manny Diaz has the Hurricanes in terrible form headed into this game. After entering the season with hopes of potentially competing for a conference title, Miami has already imploded and is now entering this game with a losing record. Specifically, Miami got embarrassed at home by Virginia Tech last week as its supposedly solid defense gave up a whopping 42 points. As a result, this game is crucial for the program as a 2-4 start could lead to a potential disaster as Miami might not qualify for a bowl game. If Miami plans on winning this home game, its defense will need to play a lot better since its offense is not built to win many shootouts.

Leading the Hurricanes offensively will be junior running back DeeJay Dallas who has been great so far this season. Specifically, he has 409 rushing yards along with six rushing touchdowns. In addition, he has also been extremely efficient as he is averaging a whopping 7.2 yards per carry. Look for him to get back into the endzone on Friday.

At quarterback, Diaz announced that N'Kosi Perry will start after tossing for 422 yards against Virginia Tech. He entered that game as a backup late in the first quarter and wound up with four touchdowns and one pick.

“I want to take all the suspense out of it,” Diaz said. “We are going to start N’Kosi Perry at quarterback on Friday night. Jarren Williams is dealing with an upper extremity issue and we believe N’Kosi gives us the best chance to win.”

Miami's biggest threat on defense is freshman defensive lineman Gregory Rousseau who has been solid through its first five games. So far this season, he has a team-high four sacks along with one fumble recovery. With an extremely mobile quarterback up next, Rousseau will need to do his best to contain Perkins in the pocket while also forcing him into making some poor decisions.

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This line is a bit sketchy considering the fact that a ranked team is currently an underdog to an unranked team but I think there is a mismatch in this game. Miami's defense just got embarrassed last week by an average Virginia Tech team so I question just how good this unit truly is. Meanwhile, Virginia is off a bye week and will be motivated to remain ranked despite this trip into a hostile environment. Give me the road team as a result.

Prediction: Virginia +2

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Based on how these defenses have played this season, I have to take the under. Miami was awful last week defensively but it has the speed and the athleticism to give Virginia's offense some serious issues by creating a lot of pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Meanwhile, Virginia is coming into this game off a bye week so I think the added preparation should allow it to have a solid defensive gameplan for Miami in this game. As a result, I think the first team to 20 points wins. Give me the under.

Prediction: Under 45
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.