Miami vs. Virginia Prediction, Game Preview

    Miami vs. Virginia prediction and game preview. The Hurricanes try to win their second game in a row as they host the Cavaliers in Sun Life Stadium.

    November 3, 2015

    The Virginia Cavaliers (3-5) head south to play the Miami Hurricanes (5-3). Check out the Miami vs. Virginia prediction and game preview.

    Miami vs. Virginia Game Preview

    Broadcast

    Date: Saturday, November 7
    Game Time: 3:00 ET
    Network: RSN

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    Why You Need To Care

    Now that Miami received an early Christmas gift, what will it do with it? The Hurricanes were gifted a victory over Duke in Week 9, thanks to some of the sloppiest officiating in college football history. And if they can build off their controversial, eight-lateral kick return to stun the Blue Devils, they’ll earn a bowl berth before having to close with Carolina, Georgia Tech and Pitt. UVA, too, has remained alive for the postseason by winning two of its last three, including over the Yellow Jackets last weekend. Beleaguered head coach Mike London needs three more wins to reach .500 and have a prayer of saving his job.

    Why Virginia Will Win

    London has the defense playing much better since bottoming out at the end of September. The Cavaliers allowed just 21 points to Tech last Saturday and 26 to Carolina a week earlier, fueled by linebackers Mike Moore and Micah Kiser, FS Quin Blanding and linemen Andrew Brown and Trent Corney. And now, Virginia will play an emotionally drained Miami team that could be forced to use third-string walk-on QB Vincent Testaverde.

    Why Miami Will Win

    Lost in the chaos of last week’s finish was the fact that the Canes played very well against Duke for interim head coach Larry Scott. LB Jermaine Grace had 17 tackles, while backup QB Malik Rosier made good use of receivers Stacy Coley and Herb Waters. It was a solid all-around effort for a team in danger of being sidetracked by a coaching change and a blowout loss to Clemson. Virginia, meanwhile, has been erratic on offense, averaging less than four yards a carry and throwing more interceptions than touchdowns.

    Player Who Matters

    While it remains to be seen who starts at quarterback for Miami, one thing is certain—RB Joseph Yearby will be the focal point of the offensive attack. He’s been Miami’s most consistent and healthiest weapon, averaging more than five yards a carry. And he’ll be running at a Virginia defense that has displayed some softness when attempting to stop the run.

    What’s Going To Happen?

    Regardless of how it happened, last week’s upset of Duke breathed new life into Miami. And, yes, the quarterback situation is a fluid one, but Yearby and Mark Walton will carry the offense on the ground if necessary. And the Hurricane defense will step up by picking off a couple of Matt Johns passes and stunting UVA’s comeback bid.

    Miami vs. Virginia Prediction

    Final Score: Miami 24, Virginia 21, Line: No Line, o/u: No Line
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