Miami quarterback Brad Kaaya, right, hands the ball off to Joseph Yearby against Duke last month. Tonight, Miami visits Virginia Tech.(Photo: Getty Images)It might not be quite as important as the two teams’ contests in the Big East routinely for the league championship but there’s still a lot on the line for Miami and Virginia Tech in their ACC Coastal Division contest tonight.
Both come in with identical 4 3 overall and 1 2 conference records.cheap jerseys The loser of the game is likely out of the division race, while the winner would still harbor legitimate hopes with two wins inside the division.
The ‘Canes have received solid play from freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya. Aided by an impressive fleet of playmakers, including Duke Johnson, Phillip Dorsett and Clive Walford, Kaaya has thrown 16 touchdowns this season, as compared to just nine last season, while throwing for over 1,800 yards.
Miami will look to exorcise its demons on the road, where it’s gone 0 3 this season. The Hurricanes have been poor defensively, giving up 100 points in three games in losses at Louisville, Nebraska and Georgia Tech.
Conversely, the Hokies have been uncharacteristically shaky at home, where they’ve already dropped two games. Part of the problem relates to turnovers from junior quarterback Michael Brewer, who has thrown as many touchdowns (11) as he has interceptions.
Virginia Tech is trying to right the ship after what seemed to be a very promising start to 2014. A nationally televised, high profile win at Ohio State vaulted the Hokies into the national spotlight but subsequent home defeats to East Carolina and Georgia Tech quieted that, and a loss at Pittsburgh last Thursday night put the team in an even deeper hole.
The Hokies are a banged up team which will be without star defensive tackle Luther Maddy, who is out for the season, and will likely be without two of their top three running backs, though Marshawn Williams is expected back after missing last week’s game with Pittsburgh.
With the running game a question mark, the Hokies will rely on a group of young playmakers in the passing game. Leading the way is Isaiah Ford, who has caught 32 passes for 424 yards and four touchdowns.
Miami would also do well to watch freshman tight end Bucky Hodges, who has caught 20 passes for 289 yards and four touchdowns.