Hurricanes have to be ready and put the Hokies out early.
The Miami Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1) come off their bye week to face a reeling Virginia Tech (2-2, 0-2) squad Saturday from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.
Virginia Tech is searching for answers after a 45-10 thumping at the hands of Duke. Embattled head coach Justin Fuentes is feeling the heat in Blacksburg. Longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster's once vaunted defense (51st overall) is a shell of its former self, allowing 80 points in two ACC contests.
They have had some success getting to the quarterback with 10 sacks, Miami's offensive line will be challenged.
The Hokies opened the season with a hard fought 35-28 loss at Boston College and followed that up with two "closer than they should have been" victories against Old Dominion (31-17) and Furman (24-17).
Miami has their own experience with close calls against an inferior opponent but should be hungry and rested after an extra week off.
The returns of Bubba Bolden and Nesta Jade Silvera to the defense may be what the doctor ordered to give the team a lift.
Virginia Tech ranks 86th nationally in passing and 79th in rushing offense, the Hurricanes 13th ranked defense should be able to keep them under control.
Quarterback Ryan Willis (69/114, 851 yards, 8 TD, 5 INT) does spread the ball around, seven different players have caught those eight touchdown passes.
Tayvion Robinson leads the team with 18 receptions for 190 yards and one TD. On the ground junior Deshawn McClease leads the team with 222 yards rushing but is only averaging 3.8YPC.
He did have a solid outing against Duke before the game got away from the Hokies, finishing with 102 yards on 17 carries.
This game on paper heavily favors the Hurricanes, but games like these have been a struggle. Time and time again they have played down to their competition and it has come back to bite them.
Miami must take care of business Saturday to even their ACC record at 1-1 before hosting 23rd ranked Virginia on October 11th. The Hurricanes enter the game as a two touchdown favorite.
Kickoff is at 3:30PM EST Saturday and the game will be televised on ESPN.