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Hokies, Hurricanes to collide in south Florida for Coastal Division lead

12th Top 25 meeting between the two schools

BLACKSBURG, Va. –         Justin Fuente's Hokies have certainly weathered the storm, running out to a 7-1 start.  But what awaits is still perfect--in its powerful ACC path of destruction. It's a 7-0 hurricane that's formed in South Florida.  And Saturday's coastal collision between Virginia Tech and the Miami Hurricanes will likely decide divisional  supremacy.

      "It's the 'U' we're playing so you know it (the game) obviously has all that behind it. It's a big game especially for the coastal,  so it'll be very big for us to get a win down there," Hokie quarterback Josh Jackson said.


     "These games, obviously they don't get any bigger than this. Then the next week will be even more important," Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster said.

       Foster's guys are second in the nation in scoring defense but it's going to feel like Virginia Tech looking in a mirror.  Miami's defense is pretty disruptive as well.  It is third in the nation in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks.

       They play very aggressively.  They're extremely fast and extremely downhill so they're real impressive defense,  highr isk high reward on some plays," Virginia Tech center Eric Gallo said.

 Even with the victories returning under coach Mark Richt, the track of the 'Canes remains unpredictable. They were 4-0 in October by only a combined 18 points.
     Dominant? No.  Effective and dangerous? You bet.

      "They look like what Miami should look like," Fuente said.  "I mean they're big and athletic and well-coached and certainly have guys that can make big plays on you if you're not careful, " Fuente said.     

     Miami's coastal division surge will reach the Hokies in South Florida at 8 p.m. Saturday night.