The Miami Hurricanes are 4-0 at home but winless on the road this season.
Blacksburg, VA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Two teams with identical records will square off in ACC action on Thursday evening, as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Virginia Tech Hokies in conference action at Lane Stadium.
It has been a tale of two seasons for Al Golden's Hurricanes, who are a perfect 4-0 at home, while still seeking their first road win. Miami has fallen on the road at Louisville, Nebraska and Georgia Tech. The Hurricanes have had a long layoff, as they closed out its non-conference slate last time out, knocking off Cincinnati, 55-34 back on Oct. 11.
Frank Beamer's Hokies are an identical 4-3 on the season and like Miami, have some ground to make up in the ACC's Coastal Division standings at 1-2. Blacksburg has not provided its usual safe haven for Tech this season, with two losses at Lane Stadium already. The team was last in action on Oct. 16, losing at Pittsburgh, 21-16.
Miami holds an 18-13 series advantage against Virginia Tech, although it was the Hokies who earned the win last year, a 42-24 decision in Miami Gardens.
The year of running backs
Brandon Lawrence, FBS Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
We've all noticed the trend: NFL teams are more reliant on the passing game offensively than ever before, which makes the running back position more of a commodity than a necessity.
That wasn't always the case, though. Decades ago, the running game was the most effective way to move the ball down the field. But with such athletic and talented passers nowadays, it's become commonplace for the majority of downs to be passes.
The devaluation of the running back position at the highest level was epitomized in May, when the first running back taken in the NFL Draft - Washington's Bishop Sankey to Tennessee - was the lowest selection for a player at the position in the history of the draft (54th overall pick - second round).