This ACC rivalry game features a top-15 team favored by a double-digit spread at home against a struggling opponent. Here are the Virginia vs Miami predictions and college football picks for Week 8 of the NCAA season.

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Virginia vs Miami Predictions

Odds courtesy of Bovada Sportsbook

Two teams that appear to be headed in opposite directions will clash in primetime on Saturday when Virginia travels to South Beach to tangle with 11th-ranked Miami. The expert College Football picks have sided mostly with the home favorite to this juncture. After opening as 10-point favorites, Miami has been bet up to the current spread of -11.5 at Bovada Sportsbook.

2020 has been far from the season Virginia had envisioned as an ideal encore to their ACC Championship Game appearance a year ago. The Cavaliers have lost three straight games and could very easily be winless if not for seven Duke turnovers aiding in an 18-point UVA win in the season-opener four weeks ago. Virginia is clearly missing Bryce Perkins under center. Brennan Armstrong was so bad over the first three weeks that he was benched after two early picks against North Carolina State. Lindell Stone hasn’t fared much better in his place. On top of that, Virginia’s defense is allowing an average of 34.7 points per game.

What might have been forgotten two weeks ago in a blowout loss to the current No. 1 team in the country is that Miami is a very good football team. The Hurricanes managed to get back to winning last week with a grind-it-out style win against a strong Pittsburgh defense. D’Eriq King continues to be the difference-maker for a Miami offense that has scored 30+ points in every game but the loss to the Tigers. Miami also boasts one of the ACC’s best defenses, far better than any unit Virginia has run into this season minus Clemson. The U ranks 19th nationally with an average of 23.8 points allowed. The coveted Turnover Chain continues to make several appearances on the sideline weekly.

College Football Picks: Miami -11.5

When it comes down to it, I just don’t see Virginia being able to hang with Miami. Add in the home field and the fact that the Hurricanes seem to always play better under the lights and the -11.5 line at Bovada Sportsbook just doesn’t seem high enough. Look to back The U at home as one of your Week 8 College Football picks in a game that I could see them winning by two touchdowns or more.

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