Va Tech at Miami (FL)
Time: 2:30 PM CST, Saturday
Spread: MIA -14
Odds c/o 5dimes
The Miami Hurricanes lost its first two to Florida and North Carolina but rallied to win its last two over Boston College and Central Michigan. It find itself 14-point favorites at home over Virginia Tech in Week 6 college football odds at 5dimes. The over/under is set at 47 total points, and the game will kick off at 2:30 PM CST on ESPN.
Miami’s defense has got it done in the last two weeks. It allowed just 12 points last week to Central Michigan while shutting out Boston College in Week 3. It was an improved effort after surrendering 26 points per game its first two weeks in the losses. Overall, Miami is allowing just 16 points per game while scoring 31.3 itself (No. 62-tie). The pass offense ranks top-40 at 276.5 yards per game, while the rush has been mediocre at best in generating 143.5 yards and ranking No. 87 nationally.
Quarterback Jarren Williams has been very good. He has thrown for 1,027 yards at a 72.7 percent clip with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. Williams has not rushed well, though. He has 31 attempts for negative-49 yards on the season. DeeJay Dallas has been great as the top backfield option with 6.7 yards-per-carry and 343 yards, and a team-high five rushing touchdowns. Dallas has also caught six passes for 56 yards. Tight end Brevin Jordan leads the team in total catches (T-16) and total yardage with 233 yards and one touchdown. KJ Osborn ties him in receptions and has three TD catches and 181 yards.
The Miami Hurricanes have five players with 100 receiving yards ore more on the season and have balanced its rushing-passing TDs with eight each. Kicker Bubba Baxa has had his struggles and is just 5 of 9 on field goals with two misses from less than 30 yards, though he has hit a long of 50-yards. He is 12 of 13 on PATs. Camden Price may see some field goal action though he has just attempted two PATs thus far. The defense has been anchored by Gurvan Hall Jr and Shaquille Quarterman. Hall has 28 total tackles and Quarterman has 26. Miami has 12 sacks and has taken 80 yards away on those plays. The Hurricanes defensive pressure needs to match its last two outings and not regress to what it was against Florida especially.
Virginia Tech is 2-2 following it 10-45 loss to Duke the last outing. It defeated Old Dominion and Furman, and it lost to Boston College in Week 1. The Hokies have not been so pleased with the accuracy of quarterback Ryan Willis. Though he is good for a respectable 60.5 percent completions, he has thrown five interceptions to his eight touchdowns and averages just 7.5 yards-per-reception. Willis also has been ineffective rushing the ball, as has the entire Hokies team. Virginia Tech averages just 3.6 yards-per-carry and has four rushing touchdowns on the season. Lead running back Deshawn McClease has no touchdowns and though he has 222 yards he is under four per attempt. Keshawn King is better at 5.6 yards-per-carry and has 191 yards on his 34 attempts.
The Hokies have four receivers with 100 yards or better and displaying some versatility, seven players have caught a TD pass thus far. Hezekiah Grimsley is the only with multiple, two, touchdowns, and he ranks No. 2 in receiving yardage despite having only seven catches (152 yards). The Hokies have been good attacking via the pass, but the five interceptions in four games need cleaning up and the team defense has been marginal at best. Virginia Tech ranks No. 99 in the nation with 23.3 points per game but surrenders 28.5 per game. Its overall pass attack and rush are both mediocre at No. 85 and No. 79. It will need just about everything to go right to stay in this game with an aggressive Miami defense eager to force the miscues the Hokies are already becoming known for in 2019.