How will the Miami Hurricanes respond coming off a bye week last week and a lackluster 17-12 win over Central Michigan two weeks ago?
That’s the question UM’s players will be faced with this week as they look to get back on track against a Virginia Tech team that is looking to have a bounce back game of their own.
The Hokies are coming off a 45-10 thumping from Duke last Friday at Lane Stadium.
Saturday’s game vs. Virginia Tech is the 37th matchup in the history of the series; UM leads the series 22-14, including a 13-6 lead in games in Miami.
The Hurricanes are seeking their third straight win over Virginia Tech; UM has not won three straight over VT since a stretch from 2000-2002.
Miami is in the middle of a five-game home stand.
The last time the Hurricanes had five home games in a row during a single regular season was 1987 – a year Miami won the national championship. The Hurricanes played the final five games of their 1987 season at home beginning on Nov. 7 vs. Miami (Ohio) and finishing Dec. 5 vs. South Carolina
Manny Diaz and the Hurricanes finished 5-1 at home in 2018 and are 18-3 in 21 regular season home games since Diaz joined the staff as defensive coordinator in January 2016, including a 2-0 mark in 2019.
Since joining the ACC prior to 2004, UM is 11-4 in ACC home openers and has lost one ACC home opener since 2011 (2016).
Virginia Tech owns an 8-5 mark in ACC road games under Justin Fuente.
VT’s offense ranks second the ACC on third down, converting 48.3% (28 of 58) tries, trailing only Wake Forest (54.5%). Miami’s defense leads the ACC and ranks fourth in the nation in third-down defense (24.5%), trailing only Wisconsin (15.5%), Oklahoma (19.6%) and Kansas State (20.5%).
Read on for a look at the ten Hurricanes that need to win their match-ups against Virginia Tech on Saturday.