Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Prediction, Picks and Game Preview - 11/20/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 7:30 pm ET, Saturday, November 20, 2021
Venue:  Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, FL
Where to Watch:  ACC Network

 

Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  VT +8, Miami -8; Over/Under:  56 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  VT +8, Miami -8; Over/Under:  56 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  VT +8, Miami -8; Over/Under:  55.5 points
 

Season Record

Virginia Tech Hokies:  5-5 (4th place, ACC Coastal)
Miami Hurricanes:  5-5 (3rd place, ACC Coastal)
 
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Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes Preview and Analysis

 
Recent Form
Virginia Tech Hokies:  won at home on Nov. 13 against the Duke Blue Devils 48-17.
Miami Hurricanes:  lost on the road on Nov. 13 against the Florida State Seminoles 31-28.
 
 
 

Virginia Tech Hokies Analysis

The Virginia Tech football team is coming into this game with a 5-5 record overall and they are 1-2 in their road games this college football season where they will be in this game. This will be their 7th conference matchup of the year and they are currently 3-3 in their conference games this season. They have won 2 of their last 3 games and are coming into this one off of a win in their last game. Quarterback Braxton Burmeister played alright in that game as he completed 9/15 passes for 215 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 INT. Raheem Blackshear had a nice day on the ground as he led the team in rushing with 117 yards and 1 touchdown on 12 carries while Keshawn King had 90 yards and 1 touchdown on 9 carries. Tayvion Robinson led the receivers with 78 yards on 4 receptions while Kaleb Smith, King, and Blackshear all caught the touchdown passes in that game with 1 each. Dax Hollifield led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. Hollifield along with Chamarri Conner and Norell Pollard all recorded the only sacks in that game with 1 each while no one on the defense was able to come up with an interception for them in that one. They have scored 243 points in their 10 games this season averaging 24.3 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 213 points against them allowing 21.3 PPG. Their offense is averaging 360.4 YPG while the Hokie defense is allowing 371.6 YPG.
 
 

Miami Hurricanes Analysis

Miami is coming into this college football game with a 5-5 record overall and they are 4-2 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. This will be the 7th conference matchup on their schedule this year and they are currently 3-3 in their conference games this season. They have won 3 of their last 4 games but they are coming into this one off of a loss in their last game which snapped a three-game winning streak that they were on. Tyler Van Dyke played alright for the quarterbacks in that game but he also struggled at times as he completed 25/47 passes for 316 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Jaylan Knighton led the team in rushing with 32 rushing yards on 16 carries but they did not really get anything going for them on the ground in that game. Charleston Rambo led the receivers with 95 yards on 6 receptions while Will Mallory, Knighton, Mike Harley, and Keyshawn Smith all caught the touchdown passes in that game with 1 TD each. Avantae Williams led the defense in that game with 7 solo tackles. Corey Flagg Jr., Jared Harrison-Hunte, and Deandre Johnson all recorded the only sacks in that game with 1 each while no one on the defense was able to come up with an interception for them in that one. They have scored 324 points in their 10 games this season averaging 32.4 PPG and they have allowed their opponents to score 305 points against them allowing 30.5 PPG. The Miami offense is averaging 444.5 YPG while their defense is allowing 408.1 YPG.
 

 

Virginia Tech vs Miami Prediction

VT is coming into this game as an 8 point underdog with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. VT played a lot better in their last game after the firing of their head coach and they still have lots to play for as they have 2 games left and just need 1 win to become bowl eligible. Miami has also been playing better recently but they are coming off of a bad loss to rival FSU who has not been good at all this season. Even if Miami bounces back in this game, they have stayed close to their opponent in most of their games this season and have not really won a game by that much this season. Their largest margin of victory against an FBS team this season was by 4 points. VT still has lots to play for and they will try hard in this game to keep it close since Miami is no powerhouse team. The best bet to place in this game is on VT to cover the spread here.
 
Virginia Tech Miami Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, November 20, 2021 (7:30 pm ET start time) is Miami 33 VT 30.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

 
Virginia Tech Hokies: 27-18 ATS as an underdog of 3.5 to 10 points. 184-171 ATS in all games. 50-41 ATS as an underdog. 26-19 ATS as a road underdog. 78-66 ATS in road games. 119-110 ATS against conference opponents.
Miami Hurricanes: 32-45 ATS as a favorite of 3.5 to 10 points. 173-178 ATS in all games. 126-140 ATS as a favorite. 67-82 ATS as a home favorite. 81-92 ATS in home games. 109-113 ATS against conference opponents. 
 

Key Injuries

 
Virginia Tech Hokies:  C. Blumrick (QB) Ques Sat - Leg injury. J. Payoute (WR) Ques Sat - Hamstring injury. D. Ferguson (LB) out for season - Shoulder injury.
Miami Hurricanes:  O. Traore (OL) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. B. Jennings Jr. (LB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. G. Hall Jr. (S) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury.
 

Notable Quotes

 
"Just proud of our kids — their perseverance through tough, adverse times. They continue to amaze all of us in this building that see them every single day with their resilient nature and their care for each other." - Justin Fuente on his team’s win against Duke in their last game.
 
 
"Tough one to swallow there. Another classic Miami-Florida State game. This time we ended up on the wrong side of it." - Manny Diaz on his team’s loss against FSU in their last game.
 
 

Starting Lineups

 
Virginia Tech Hokies
WR Smith, Kaleb 
WR Tre Turner
WR Robinson, Tayvion 
TE DeIuliis, Drake 
QB Burmeister, Braxton 
RB Thomas, Malachi 
 
Miami Hurricanes
WR KeyShawn Smith
WR Rambo, Charleston 
WR Mike Harley
TE Mallory, Will 
QB Van Dyke, Tyler 
RB Knighton, Jaylan 
 

Statistical Leaders

 
Virginia Tech Hokies
Passing: B. Burmeister (1710)
Rushing: R. Blackshear (539)
Receiving: T. Turner (631)
Touchdowns: R. Blackshear (5)
 
Miami Hurricanes
Passing: T. Van Dyke (2193)
Rushing: J. Knighton (493)
Receiving: C. Rambo (955)
Touchdowns: C. Harris (5)
 
Coaches:
Virginia Tech Hokies: Justin Fuente (6th season)
Miami Hurricanes: Manny Diaz (3rd season)


Amedeus Mastrangelo

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Amedeus Mastrangelo has been heavily wagering on all sports for years and plays just about everything, including sides, totals, favorites, underdogs, against the spread, alternative spreads, first half, second half, player props, and futures. The bottom line is, if Mastrangelo can see an edge in any way shape or form, then he's going to take advantage.

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