Saturday, September 26, 2009
Weather could be a factor in Blacksburg
By Heather Dinich
Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- There is a steady drizzle here, and Hokies fans are walking around in their ponchos and carrying umbrellas. It doesn't look like it's going to clear up anytime soon, and that will favor the team that can run the ball the most effectively today without turning it over. You would think it would help the Hokies, as rain can slow down the game and disrupt the timing and pattern of routes.
Virginia Tech is second in the ACC in rushing offense with 198 yards per game, and Ryan Williams is the kind of player who can make a difference in this game, especially with Miami down two starters on its defensive line. Of course, let's not forget Virginia Tech's rushing defense is 107th in the nation right now. Miami is averaging 137 rushing yards per game, but leads the conference in pass offense with 328 yards per game.
So yes, weather could be a factor here today, and should even the playing field a bit. If it really starts to rain, it's going to be anybody's game.