Miami-Virginia Tech 2017: Prime-time, national TV game on tap

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The Hurricanes and Hokies will battle for ACC Coastal supremacy in prime time.

The game, which will put one team in the driver’s seat for the division title, is at Hard Rock Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday and will be shown on ABC, according to a tweet from Virginia Tech’s team account.

Both teams could be in the top 10 of both the Associated Press poll (usually released 2 p.m. Sunday) and the first College Football Playoff rankings (out Tuesday).

Miami (7-0, 5-0 ACC), which was ranked No. 8 by the AP before winning 24-19 at North Carolina, is the only unbeaten team left in the ACC and is one of four teams in Power 5 conferences without a loss. The others: Alabama, Georgia and Wisconsin.

No. 13 Virginia Tech (7-1, 3-1), whose only loss was a 31-17 setback Sept. 30 to Clemson, beat Duke 24-3 on Saturday. Since its loss to Clemson, Virginia Tech has beaten Boston College, UNC and Duke by a combined 106-20 score.

A Miami win would leave it needing to beat Virginia and win at Pittsburgh — the teams are a combined 9-8 (4-5) — to win the Coastal for the first since since joining the ACC in 2004.

A Virginia Tech win would give it a critical head-to-head tiebreaker over UM, entering a three-game finish at Georgia Tech, vs. Pittsburgh and at Virginia.

Hokies quarterback Josh Jackson entered Saturday leading the ACC in passer rating (157.88), having thrown for 1,832 yards and 16 touchdowns with four interceptions on 64.2 percent passing. His top receiver, Cam Phillips, was second in the league in receiving yards per game (93.9) and touchdowns (six).

The Hokies and Hurricanes were ranked second and third, respectively, in the ACC in yards per play allowed (4.58 and 4.74). Miami was second in the league in yards per play gained (6.94) and Virginia Tech was sixth (5.90).

 

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