Saturday, November 14, 2020, Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Virginia, noon ET
Hurricanes at Hokies Betting Preview: Hurricanes (+2.5), Hokies (-2.5)
Miami Hurricanes Betting Preview
Thanks mostly to the play of quarterback D’Eriq King, the No. 9 Hurricanes (6-1, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) will put a three-game winning streak on the line Saturday at Virginia Tech.
Last week the Houston transfer became just the third ACC athlete to pass for at least 400 yards and run for 100 in the same game when he passed for 430 yards and rushed for 104 in Miami’s 44-41 win at North Carolina State. He is the reigning ACC Quarterback of the Week.
King, who has passed for 16 touchdowns and thrown just four interceptions this year, is third in the conference in passing yards per game (261.6).
Two other Hurricanes won ACC position honors last week: wide receiver Mike Harley and defensive end Jaelan Phillips.
Harley caught eight passes for 153 yards and two scores. In the past two games, Harley has caught 18 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns.
Phillips had a career-high 10 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one sack and one pass deflection.
The downside was that injured tight end Brevin Jordan missed a third straight game. In 22 career games, the junior has 85 career catches for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns. His backup, junior Will Mallory, had six catches for 78 yards and one touchdown against the Wolfpack.
Virginia Tech Hokies Betting Preview
The Hokies (4-3, 4-2 ACC) are coming off a deflating 38-35 loss to Liberty. They apparently had won the game by returning a blocked field goal for a touchdown as time ran out, but coach Justin Fuente had called a timeout just before the snap, which negated the play.
Given a second chance and a closer shot after completing a pass for an 8-yard gain, the Flames won the game on a 51-yard field goal.
Adding to their woes, the Hokies also lost three key starters to injury: running back Khalil Herbert (third in the ACC in rushing with 804 yards), linebacker Rayshard Ashby (second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss) and tight end James Mitchell.
Their status for Saturday’s game is undetermined.
Quarterback Hendon Hooker was nearly a one-man show against Liberty, completing 20 of 27 passes for 217 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran 20 times for 156 yards and one score.
Hooker was responsible for 373 of the Hokies’ 418 yards.
Hooker made his first collegiate start last year against Miami, passing for 184 yards and running for 76 in the Hokies’ victory over the Hurricanes but can use some help.
“We do need to bring along those other guys,” Hokies coach Justin Fuente said.
Hurricanes at Hokies Betting Pick for November 14, 2020
The Hurricanes lead the series 22-15 overall but trail in games in Blacksburg 8-7 and lost 42-35 at home last year. The Hurricanes have won three consecutive games (31-19 over Pittsburgh, 19-14 over Virginia, and 44-41 at North Carolina State) since a 42-17 defeat at Clemson, and the Hokies coming off a 38-35 home loss to Liberty.
Hurricanes at Hokies Betting Pick:
Hurricanes 38, Hokies 31
Hurricanes at Hokies Best Bet for November 14, 2020
King is coming off a huge game last week against NC State when he passed for 430 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 105. The Hokies, meanwhile, were gouged for 108 yards rushing and 217 passing by Liberty quarterback Malik Willis.
Hurricanes at Hokies Best Bet: OVER 66.5