During the offseason State of the U will be bringing you the 2017-2018 opponent previews. In this installment we take a look back at the rivalry that was, the current events that are and the future opponent that is: the Virginia Tech Hokies.
Background of the VT and Miami Rivalry
The Canes and Hokies have been rivals for the last 20-25 years or so. The two teams have played each other in football though since the 1950s. The first official meeting between the two was November 13th, 1953 and Miami won that contest. During the 1950s through 1987 the Canes and Hokies played sparingly. During that stretch of almost 40 years the Canes were a perfect 9-0. Since 1992 when both teams were members of the Big East (now the AAC) they’ve played annually and the winning ways have swung back and forth between the two schools. Overall the win/loss record between the two programs is Miami having 20 wins and the Hokies besting the Canes 14 times.
Great Games of the Past
The most recent 10-15 years has brought storybook finishes to this rivalry that has made it more interesting for the two programs. Back-to-back contests in 2001 and 2002 saw Miami win in close fashion and then a back and forth shootout in ’02 where both games were exciting.
The two games that stick out to me the most was another back and forth affair where neither team could stop each other on offense (2011, Miami lost 38-35) and then the game where Coach Golden finally got the most out of his players, at least for one night (2014, Miami won 30-6).
An Interesting Fact about the Rivalry
The ESPN announcers always bring this up but I think it’s worth mentioning here as well: Since 2000, neither team has won more than three games in a row in this series. To be more specific, each team has beaten the other three times in a row once and then the rest of the series is either a back and forth tradition (one year VT wins, the next Miami) or maybe either teams squeaks out two in a row but overall, this rivalry doesn’t stay one sided for too long.
Looking Ahead to Next Season
I’ll be honest, I live in UVA/VT “country” but overall I don’t know much about what the Hokies have coming back next year. They’re actually kind to similar to Miami at a high level glance. Both teams return personnel on defense and a well-liked, well regarded defensive coordinator (VT has grizzled veteran coordinator Bud Foster and Miami has Manny Diaz) and both have a new starter at the quarterback position. Besides that, I can’t tell you much about VT until I watch them come late August /early September. What I will tell you is this: if it’s a VT/Miami game it’ll probably be competitive and it’ll probably be exciting so tune in come week 7.
What do you think of VT heading into next year? Will Miami swing the victory against VT who won last year in dominant fashion? Leave your thoughts below!