Miami’s 2018-19 campaign has gone from disappointment to disaster as they now sit at 5-5 on the season. The season has defied everyone’s expectations… but not in the way we were hoping. Now, in order to finally clinch bowl eligibility, Miami must win in one of college football’s harshest environments.
Virginia Tech has experienced their own level of disappointment this year, holding a record of 4-5. Similar to Miami, they’ve watched their season lose its promise, and are currently on a losing streak. If the similarities weren’t apparent already, Virginia Tech has 2 ACC wins on the year, defeating Florida State and North Carolina - the same 2 opponents Miami has beat in-conference.
This year’s edition of the rivalry is a far cry from the high-ranked matchup that occurred last season at Hard Rock Stadium.
Despite both of the teams’ seasons being disasters, the stakes are still high. A win on Saturday would get both teams headed in the right direction, something that Head Coaches Mark Richt and Justin Fuente desperately need.
Winning in Blacksburg is no easy feat, as the ‘Canes were beaten soundly the last time they paid a visit. 2014 is the most recent time Miami won in Blacksburg, led by Duke Johnson’s massive day. In order for Miami to win, a performance such as that one may be necessary. Sadly, it’s incredibly unlikely due to how Miami’s offense has played as of recent. Averaging 15 points a game over the past 4 contests, Miami’s defense has to (basically) shut-out their opponent in order for the ‘Canes to win. A shut-out(s) is a lot to ask of a defense who already ranks amongst the nation’s best.
This season has been an emotional rollercoaster, and the wheels have almost completely fell-off. However, coming away victorious would boost the little morale that remains, and hopefully lead to success for the remainder of the season, carrying into the off-season.