Miami’s loss to V-Tech means what?
On a Saturday full of drama, with big upsets and wild finishes, a dud and a thud hit Blacksburg, Va. Miami’s meteoric rise back to college football prominence crashed with a thoroughly uninspiring 31-7 loss at Virginia Tech.
So what does that mean for Oklahoma, which plays at Miami on Saturday? Several things.
1. Miami is not yet back as a juggernaut. The U’s victory at Florida State was impressive, though the Seminoles are perhaps the weirdest team to come down the pike in a decade. And Miami’s waxing of Georgia Tech was solid, though that’s a bad matchup for the YellowJackets.
2. Don’t dismiss Miami as a fraud. It was a terrible spot for the Hurricanes. Coming off two huge games, with another next week, Miami was bound to have a letdown. I don’t know why sports teams can’t find the magic level week after week, but there is a century of evidence that they can’t.
Plus, in the same way Georgia Tech was a great matchup for Miami — trying to run option against Miami’s speed — Virginia Tech was a horrible matchup for Miami. A doberman defense, like always in Blacksburg, that could get after quarterback Jacory Harris. An offense that isn’t flashy but generally doesn’t beat itself. A home crowd that makes for a tough place to play.
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