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Miami (FL) vs. Virginia Tech 11/14/2020 College Football Picks, Prediction, and Preview

The Miami (FL) visits Virginia Tech on 11/14/2020 at 12:00PM.

Miami (FL) and Virginia Tech face off in an important game for both teams as every game in this shortened season with limited or no fans in attendance means more. Miami (FL) has a record of 6-1 this season. Virginia Tech is 4-3 this season. Both have players to meet and know.

Miami (FL) Team Defense Preview

Miami (FL) has had 84 total defensive drives this season and they yield 5.37 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Miami (FL) has a generally average defense. Nothing too special about it, but they are capable of rising up when needed. Passing plays make up 54.77% of their opponents’ play calls.Miami (FL) tends to face teams that prefer to air it out or opponents want to air it out against them.

Miami (FL) is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 2.8 yards per carry. Generally speaking, this is an average defense when it comes to how offensive lines control or fail to control them on the ground. This is a team that is getting gashed too much for the tastes of their base. Linebackers are not stopping the bleeding well enough. Opponents have shown a relatively average level of explosiveness in the running game, maybe there will be a breakout rushing play against them.

Disruptive plays are a part of the fabric of this team’s defensive effort. Game changing plays that drive Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks crazy, they find ways to deliver. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Miami (FL) has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Miami (FL) Team Offense Preview

Miami (FL) has had 84 total drives this season and they generate 5.67 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Miami (FL) is an average offense when it comes to staying ahead of the chains, getting into 3rd and Short scenarios, and converting on 3rd and 4th Down. Miami (FL) passes the football 50.21% of the time.Relatively speaking, this is a team that favors run/pass balance.

Miami (FL) struggles with running the ball, getting zero or negative yard plays is disspiriting and the offensive line is not effectively making a good push. Poor playcalling, pre-snap adjustments or post-snap reads may be responsible and this could fall on the Quarterback, Offensive Coordinator, and Head Coach. Based on the Adjusted Line Yards metric, which measures the amount of credit that should be ascribed to the offensive line for a rushing play, they average 2.64 yards per carry. So what does this mean? It means that the offensive line has been incredibly disappointing in their contribution to the ground game. This is also a team that is getting to the second-level in an average fashion. Offensive line and running backs are average in this regard. They are capable of busting out a long run, which is really good when the team has the ball in their own territory.

Defenses have been able to impose their will on the Miami (FL) Offense this season. Front sevens of opposing defenses are causing a lot of problems. Miami (FL) is a better passing team than running team this season.

Virginia Tech Team Defense Preview

Virginia Tech has had 83 defensive drives in non-garbage time minutes and they yield 5.7 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive opponents run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Virginia Tech has shown an inability to stop defenses from converting on 4th Downs and they let opponents get into manageable 3rd Down situations where an RPO may be especially deadly. Virginia Tech opponents pass the football 48.84% of the time.Opponents typically have some form of run/pass balance against them.

Virginia Tech is not doing anything particularly special as far as their ability to create negative yardage plays on the ground. Opponent rushing yards attributed to their offensive line this season comes out to 3.26 yards per carry. This defense lets offensive lines have too much control over them on the ground, too much push from the opposing offensive line. Running backs should look forward to this porous defense filled with poor tacklers who take terrible angles. They are capable of giving up a long run, which is really demoralizing when the opposing team has the ball deep in their own territory.

This Defense has had average success disrupting the flow of the opposing offense.. Getting more specific, this front seven is a cause of a lot of headaches for offenses. They may be good enough to cause trouble in pass rush with just four rushers!Virginia Tech has shown themselves to be better at stopping the pass than the run this season.

Virginia Tech Team Offense Preview

Virginia Tech has had 83 total drives this season and they generate 5.41 plays per drive. There is not much to take away here when it comes to how many plays per drive they run, but they are a team that falls in the average window when it comes to plays per drive. Any defense is in for a challenge with Virginia Tech, given their ability to accrue more than 5 yards on 1st Downs and their ability to convert on 3rd and 4th Downs. They put a lot of pressure on opposing defenses.Passing plays make up 36.08% of their play calls.They favor running the ball as opposed airing it out.

On first downs, getting ahead of the chains is crucial and running the ball well on first down can get a team there, Virginia Tech has done a good job avoiding the negative yardage rushing plays. How effective is the offensive line given what we know about their ability to prevent negative yards on rushing plays? More than you think, thanks to the Adjusted Line Yards metric. Virginia Tech can take credit for 3.53 yards per carry. This is an elite offensive line when it comes to generating a push for the running game. They know how to create creases for running backs to break loose. Playing 7 in a box may not be enough for opposing defenses, this is a great O-Line. The offensive line and running back corps deserve a lot of credit for gashing defenses with their running game like the way they have this season. They have an explosive running game and they are capable of breaking big yardage runs on First and Second Down. This puts a lot of pressure on Linebackers and Safeties.

Defenses have had trouble making big, disruptive plays against Virginia Tech this season. There has been a relatively good job done by this Offensive Line to prevent opposing front sevens from causing problems consistently. Virginia Tech has shown themselves to be a better running team than passing team this season.

The Miami (FL) Roster

The Players to Watch for Miami (FL)

D’Eriq King QB 5-11 202

This season, D’Eriq King has put up 1828 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has thrown 4 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 152.6thus far this season. D’Eriq King has thrown 4 interceptions this season.As a rusher, D’Eriq King has 406.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 98.22 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 82.0 times this season, which puts him in the 98.04 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 2.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Cam’ron Harris RB 5-10 210

This season, Cam’ron Harris has 396 rushing yards on 81 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 5 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Cam’ron Harris picked up 87 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 13 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Mike Harley WR 5-11 180

This season, Mike Harley picked up 497 yards. He caught the ball 35 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 4 receiving touchdowns this season.

Quincy Roche DL 6-3 245

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Miami (FL), Quincy Roche has 31 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 99.48 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 2 times this season, which put him in the 85.91 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 1 fumbles this season.

Bubba Bolden S 6-3 200

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami (FL), Bubba Bolden had 40 tackles which puts him in the 95.91 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 4 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 98.27 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 1 times last season. Bubba Bolden as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 87.26 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

AL Blades CB 6-1 192

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Miami (FL), AL Blades had 25 tackles which puts him in the 94.75 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. AL Blades as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2 passes last season, which puts him in the 95.08 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

The Virginia Tech Roster

The Players to Watch for Virginia Tech

Hendon Hooker QB 6-4 228

This season, Hendon Hooker has put up 870 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has thrown 3 interceptions. He has a QB Rating of 158.3thus far this season. Hendon Hooker has thrown 3 interceptions this season.As a rusher, Hendon Hooker has 515.0 rushing yards, which puts him in the 99.64 percentile among Quarterbacks. He ran the ball as opposed to throwing the ball 82.0 times this season, which puts him in the 98.04 percentile. Has he hit paydirt as a runner? He has 8.0 rushing touchdowns this season.

Khalil Herbert RB 5-9 205

This season, Khalil Herbert has 804 rushing yards on 97 carries. Was he able to get to the end zone on the ground? He has 6 rushing touchdowns.As a receiver in the backfield, Khalil Herbert picked up 114 yards. He caught the ball as opposed to taking handoffs or catching laterals 5 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Tre Turner WR 6-2 190

This season, Tre Turner picked up 344 yards. He caught the ball 23 times this season. Did he score often as a receiver? He had 1 receiving touchdowns this season.

Amare Barno DL 6-6 235

The leading tackler among Defensive Tackles for Virginia Tech, Amare Barno has 29 tackles this season. He was able to keep rushers back and penetrate the offensive line with 10 tackles for loss, which puts him in the 99.48 percentile among Defensive Tackles. When it came to rushing the Quarterback, he has been able to take them down 4 times this season, which put him in the 96.71 percentile among all Defensive Tackles in College Football. He has forced 2 fumbles this season.

Chamarri Conner DB 6-0 211

He is the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Virginia Tech, Chamarri Conner had 58 tackles which puts him in the 99.66 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 2 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 90.67 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Chamarri Conner as a ball hawker was able to pick off 1 passes last season, which puts him in the 87.26 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Devin Taylor CB 6-1 200

Considered the leading tackler among non-exclusive Defensive Backs (meaning he can play either Safety Position, Nickel Back, Star or even play as a Cornerback in coverage) for Virginia Tech, Devin Taylor had 25 tackles which puts him in the 94.75 percentile among returning non-exclusive Defensive Backs. He was able to keep rushers and receivers back on screens with 0 tackles for loss last season, which puts him in the 37.12 percentile among Secondary position players. When it came to blitzing the Quarterback, last season he was able to take them down 0 times last season. Devin Taylor as a ball hawker was able to pick off 2 passes last season, which puts him in the 95.08 percentile among returning secondary position players last season.

Miami (FL) vs. Virginia Tech Prediction, Picks, and Odds


Prediction: Miami (FL) 26 Virginia Tech 24

Spread Pick: Miami (FL) +2.5 -110 bet365
Moneyline Pick: Miami (FL) +120 Bookmaker
Total Pick: Under 68.5 -108 Heritage