After 11 weeks of college football, there is a contest between two ACC teams who have exceeded preseason expectation. These teams are the Miami Hurricanes and the Virginia Cavaliers. Both teams started the season with bowl game expectations but no one expected Miami to be competing for a national championship. Virginia was expected to make a bowl game this season and that goal has already been reached. With both teams seeking to improve their resume, expect this game to be closer than people think.
The Miami Hurricanes entered the season with several question marks. The largest issue was the departure of starting quarterback Brad Kaaya. Kaaya, in his college career, had 69 touchdown passes and over 9,000 yards passing. Replacing him was going to be extremely difficult for the Hurricanes until they stumbled upon junior quarterback Malik Rosier. So far this season, Rosier has 20 touchdown and only four interception. His mobility and throwing accuracy are a lethal combo that helps keep defenses on their toes whenever he touches the ball. If Miami plans on winning this home game, Rosier will need to play extremely well. This game is especially important for Miami considering the fact that Miami needs to win out in order to make the college football playoff.
Virginia’s success is due to quarterback Kurt Benkert. This season, Benkert has thrown for 21 touchdowns and only seven interception. Benkert’s accuracy is a huge reason for the team’s success and that trend will need to continue if the Cavaliers plan on pulling off this upset. Another reason for their success is their deep receiving corps. Virginia has several receivers with multiple touchdowns and over 500 yards receiving this season.
As for my prediction, I have to side with Miami. Rosier looks like a solid quarterback and I expect Miami to roll against an inferior foe. This team just destroyed Notre Dame last week and I expect that momentum to carry over.
Miami FL vs. Virginia: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details
Event: Miami vs. Virginia
Date: Saturday, November 18, 2017
Start Time: 12:00 P.M. EST
Location: Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, FL
How to Watch Miami FL vs. Virginia: Game Time, TV Channel & Viewing Details On Your Tablet Or Mobile Device
You can live stream the game on the ABC app.
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