The Miami Hurricanes will try to stay on top of the ACC Coastal Division when they take on the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Va.
The Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2 ACC) snapped a three-game losing streak last week with a 30-12 victory over Virginia Tech. The Hokies were better in most areas of the game, compiling 421 yards, 24 first downs and nine of 20 third-down attempts, but the Miami defense forced three turnovers and blocked a punt. Miami's defense has been abysmal all year, ranking 117th nationally in total defense and 83rd in points allowed. But even with poor defensive play and an offense that ranks in the middle of the ACC pack, the Hurricanes have won games and currently hold a half-game lead over North Carolina in the Coastal Division.
Virginia (3-6, 1-4) enters the game as the division's cellar dweller, but the Cavaliers are looking for their second straight victory. Mike London's team won its first ACC game last week, 33-6, over North Carolina State. Before that, Virginia had lost six consecutive games. Just as the Hurricanes have been better than their overall stats would indicate, the Cavaliers have been worse. Virginia ranks third in the ACC, allowing 341.2 yards per game, and fifth in the conference, gaining 412.1 yards per game.
Game date/time: Saturday, Nov. 10, noon ET
Location: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
Coverage map: the506.com
Odds: Miami -2