Old rivals collide with massive conference and national implications as the Miami Hurricanes host the Virginia Tech Hokies. Kickoff is set for 8:00 EST on Saturday, November 4 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. The game will be nationally broadcast on ABC.

The Hurricanes opened as 2-point favorites in this matchup. However, early betting has favored Virginia Tech, who is now listed as a 2.5-point favorite. The over/under for the game is 49 points.  Click here to see a full list of Week 10 betting odds and links to game previews.

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Miami enters the game 7-0 overall and 5-0 inside the ACC. However, the College Football Playoff committee placed them at no. 10 in the initial rankings. A big reason for that is Miami’s propensity this season for being unable to put teams away and playing close games against lesser competition.

Last week’s win against a 1-8 North Carolina team was quite disconcerting for Miami. It was a game the Hurricanes should have won going away. But in the end, they were a little fortunate to leave Chapel Hill with a win.

The Hokies, meanwhile, are 7-1 and a respectable no. 13 in the Playoff rankings. Virginia Tech’s only loss this season came against Clemson, and despite their most impressive win being against West Virginia, they have taken care of business against lesser opponents.

A win against Miami will put the Hokies on track to play in the ACC title game if they win out. If the Hokies can do that and go on to win the ACC Championship Game, a spot in the Playoff isn’t impossible.

Of course, these two teams have a rivalry that dates back to their days in the Big East. Virginia Tech has won five of the last eight meetings between these two teams, including a convincing 37-16 win in Blacksburg last year.

Free Pick & Point Spread Predictions: Miami +2.5

It’s hard to trust Miami, especially after their poor effort last week, but I’m going to do it. The Hurricanes don’t always look good, but they get the job done week after week. With the Hokies now listed as the favorites, I’ll lean toward Miami to pull out a close win at home.

Virginia Tech is the more consistent and reliable team. But Miami is a 4th quarter team that just finds a way to win. With a primetime game on national TV, that “U” swagger will be omnipresent and carry the Hurricanes to a big win that keeps their conference and national title hopes alive.

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Remember, Virginia Tech quarterback Josh Jackson is a redshirt freshman. He’s played well this season, but the Hokies have only played two road games all year. The toughest road environment Jackson has ever faced came against Boston College. Playing a night game in Miami will be a new experience and a massive challenge for him.

More importantly, Miami’s defense is good. The Hurricanes managed to bend but not break against Georgia Tech’s triple-option and they forced four turnovers against the Syracuse high-tempo offense that had its way against Clemson the previous week. They have stood up to every test they’ve faced and created 13 takeaways in their five ACC games. I expect the Miami defense to play at a high level against Virginia Tech.

To be fair, the Hokies also have one of the best defensive teams in the country. However, part of that is related to their weak schedule. West Virginia scored 24 points against Virginia Tech and Clemson scored 31 points, so good offenses can find a way against the Hokies.

Miami quarterback Malik Rosier has struggled on the road this year. But at home, he’s been a completely different quarterback. When he’s locked in and playing at his best, he’s tough to stop and is arguably the best quarterback the Hokies face this year.

I’d be surprised if this wasn’t a close game heading into the 4th quarter. It’s not hard to envision either team playing in the ACC title game. But I can’t go against Miami, knowing their track record for winning close games. At home, the Hurricanes will find a way to win the game.