NCAA Football Betting Preview: Miami Hurricanes vs. Virginia Cavaliers – Friday, Oct. 11, 2019

by Earl Campbell | October 9, 2019 |

The Virginia Cavaliers will meet the Miami Hurricanes at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on Friday evening. After 4 wins in a row in the regular season, the Cavaliers fell to the Fighting Irish to Notre Dame in South Bend by a score of 20-35.

The University of Virginia stands at 4-1 and 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Coastal Division.

While the Hurricanes have two games won 2 out of its last 5 regular season games. In their most recent contest they fell to the Virginia Tech Hokies by a score of 35-42.

Miami is 2-3, 0-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic Division. Miami's best win of the season was against Central Michigan, this tells you all you need to know about how disappointing the Hurricanes season has been thus far.

Cavaliers Continue March To ACC Crown

Virginia is looking good for an ACC championship birth if they can win this game against Miami. They don't face Clemson during the regular season and their next toughest game will be at North Carolina.

The Cavaliers QB Bryce Perkins continued his solid play on the season by completing 30 of his 43 attempted throws for a total of 334 yards, 2 touchdown against Notre Dame. The only down side was that two of passes were intercepted by the Fighting Irish. His favorite target that game was Hasise Dubois who caught 9 passes and ran 143 yards.

Perkins has thrown for 1,177 yards by completing 111 of 167 passes for eight touchdowns and six interceptions. Dubois has been the the Cavs tops receiver with 25 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns.

The Virginia defense has been stout against the run allowing just over 91 yards a game on the ground. They allow 275.4 yards of total offense a game and 21.4 points.

Miami Looks To Turn Their Season Around

It has been a rough start to the 2019 campaign for the Hurricane. Their only two wins have come against Central Michigan and Bethune-Cookman. They did only lose by four to Florida to open the season, but the Gators team was sloppy in the win.

Hurricanes QB N’Kosi Perry, who came in of relief of injured Jarrenn Williams, connected 28 of his 47 passes for 422 yards from and four touchdowns with one interception against the Virginia Tech Hokies. Williams is questionable for Friday but with the way Perry played I think Miami would be wise stick with Perry.

Deejay Dallas leads the Miami run game with 409 yards on 57 carries for six touchdowns. He will look to run as well as Tony Jones of Notre Dame who ran for 131 yards and three touchdowns against a Cavaliers' run defense that came in with one of the top run defenses in the nation.

The Hurricanes defense look almost identical to Virginia's statistically. They allow 283 yards per game and 21.2 points. Their run defense is stout allowing only 78.4 yards per game on the ground.

The Line

Jazzsports has the line at Miami -2.5. The over/under is 44.5. The line opened at Miami -1.5 and the total at 42.5.

Free Betting Pick

These two teams are very close statistically. Their points per game allowed and scored are within .2 of each other. I think that Miami is just the better football team, now can they travel and win at Miami?

That is the big question. If Virginia wants to play in the ACC Championship game this is a game they are going to have to find a way to win. Virginia is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games against Miami. I think the Cavaliers get the win on the road, but I'll take the points just in case.

Spooky Express Free Pick: Virginia +2.5

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