Fighting Gobbler Predictions: Virginia Tech Hokies vs Miami Hurricanes


Kickoff is almost here for the return of Thursday Night football to Blacksburg in this primetime showdown between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Miami Hurricanes. Both of these teams are 1-2 in the ACC Coastal and are eager to get big wins tonight in what see as a toss-up games.

There is nothing like Thursday Night football in Blacksburg. Now, here are the predictions from our staff for the return of Thursday Night football to Blacksburg.

Joe Vitulli

The Hokies will continue their roller coaster season on Thursday night against long time nemesis Miami.  The Hokies are an enigma this season as they managed to defeat Ohio State on the road but lost to East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Pitt already this season.  However, Virginia Tech is a very young and this season may simply be the team going through some growing pains before an eventual return to national relevance.

The Hokie offense will be bolstered by the return of stud freshman Marshawn Williams and will look to run the ball against the Hurricanes and control the clock.  While I dreaded last week’s game against Pitt, I am loving the Hokies chances against a similarly situated Miami team.  I foresee a blowout in Blacksburg.  Quarterback Michael Brewer is about to have his best game in weeks and Williams is going run wild.  Hokies 27- Hurricanes 3.

Dwight Lester

Ladies and Gentlemen, its Thursday night in Blacksburg.  This week, the Hokies come home to face an old foe which has been a thorn in the side of Hokie Nation for the better part of two decades.  The Miami Hurricanes come to town to face a very angry and motivated Virginia Tech team.  The Hokies are coming in off a disappointing loss to the Pitt Panthers, where I honestly believe half the team was left on the bus.

The Hokies played by far their worst game of this 2014 campaign.  The offense was terrible and the defense was on the field too quickly because of this horrific offense performance.  However, fear not Hokie fans, the team should be in better shape this week with a revamp of the offensive line and the return of Marshawn Williams.

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Lets be honest, the offensive line revamp will have to be a wait and see type of thing before any judgement can be made if the move was a success or not.  Williams, on the other hand, is a sight all Hokie fans will be glad to see.  Virginia Tech needs to get their rushing attack back to form and control this game so the extremely fast Hurricanes will not have a chance to score quickly.  I believe both defenses will be challenged in this game.

The Hokies are suffering the loss of two big time players in the front seven in Chase Williams and Luther Maddy.  Maddy is out for the rest of the season, as was announced earlier this week.  I look for the defense to adopt a “we winning on for Big Luther” mentality and bottle up a Canes offense that at times can be very explosive.  The Hokies take advantage of the “Maroon Effect” and win this one late 27-24.  Lets GO HOKIES

Tim Thomas

Folks, this is the game we all have been waiting for as Thursday night football returns to Blacksburg for this ACC Coastal showdown between the Hokies and the Hurricanes. The loser of this game will probably be out of contention to win the ACC Coastal so the importance of this game is quite huge.

The Hokies suffered a disappointing loss last week at Pittsburgh but will be fired up for this game and have a “backs against the wall” mentality similar to what they probably had going to Ohio State, especially with many people wondering if the Hokies are really still in the hunt.

Michael Brewer has made some progress over the last two games especially in the turnover category with the Virginia Tech signal caller officially throwing only 1 interception against North Carolina and Pittsburgh. I expect that Scot Loeffler will be more aggressive in his play calling for the passing game this week and that Brewer will have a solid game.

Outside of Denzel Perryman, the Miami front 7 is not that talented and Marshawn Williams will take advantage of whatever holes he gets and have a big game. Duke Johnson will do some damage but true freshman QB Brad Kaaya will struggle with the ferocious crowd noise and high amount of pressure. The Hokies will shine on this return of Thursday Night football to Blacksburg and win a blowout 38-17.

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