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Three Keys For The Miami Hurricanes to Beat the Virginia Tech Hokies

Ari Russell



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The Miami Hurricanes on Thursday night will take on rival Virginia Tech in Blacksburg at 7pm ET. Both teams are coming off tough Coastal Division losses last week and it’s really do or die for both teams tonight. Here are three keys to the game.

Miami’s Offensive Line

Miami’s offensive live vs. UNC was more offensive than it was a line. I joked on my facebook feed that for Halloween, they ought to dress up as amusement park turnstiles. For Brad Kaaya, it’s not amusing and we are seeing what happens when you don’t have a mobile QB and a bad line. It’s no good. The line needs to do better tonight against another stout defense. Kaaya requires more time in order to connect with his weapons. If the line plays better the Canes should win.

Richt needs to adjust the offense

This goes back to the first key to the game. Since it’s well established the weakest link for Miami is the O-line, head coach Mark Richt needs to make adjustments to the offense. They have to get the ball out of the hands of Kaaya much quicker. They need to run hurry up offense throughout the game to keep the Hokies on their heels. They need to make sure both Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby are heavily involved in the passing game. They need their tight ends to block better and chip a few line backers and safeties while they are at it. The time for adjustments is now. The O-line is deficient, and even if they play better, they need to adjust the offense.

Defense needs to hold steady

The one consistent part of the Canes team has been their defense. They have spent a lot of time on the field and have done a really good job of bending not breaking. It’s difficult enough to play defense at this level. It’s even harder when your offense is struggling to put up points and sustain long drives. That said Manny Diaz has done a tremendous job with this unit. They kept Miami in the game the past two weeks. They are doing this with three freshman linebackers. This is a unit that next year is going to be one of the nastiest units in the country. This week they just have to keep doing what they are doing, and hope the offense steps up a bit.


If Miami follows three of the keys, they should beat Virginia Tech tonight in Blacksburg. Of course it’s always easier said than done.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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