It could be a real (cliche alert) barn-burner Thursday night at Land Shark Stadium when the Jackets take on the Hurricanes.
Because these two teams make big plays and a lot of them. Granted, the season is young.
But Miami quarterback Jacory Harris had nine pass plays of at least 20 yards in their win against Florida State. Nine.
In comparison, Josh Nesbitt hit his ninth play (running or passing), in the third quarter of the Virginia Tech game last season.
That in no way means Harris is better than Nesbitt. Different quarterbacks. Different systems. Different expectations. Different everything.
It’s just used to illustrate the big-play potential that Harris possesses.
Now, Tech knows a thing or two about big plays, having scored six touchdowns using them this season (and others that didn’t lead to TDs), and having made 67 of them last year.
So, it would be easy to say the team that makes the most big plays will win the game.
I’m not sure if it’ll be that easy.
Paraphrasing something coach Paul Johnson said on Monday, just because you do something good, or something bad, in football or life, it doesn’t mean that you were great and the other team bad. And vice versa. Sometimes you can both be good and things still happen.
So perhaps there won’t be that many big plays. Perhaps it’ll just come down to who does what they do the best. Tech running vs. Miami passing.
Of course, that means that there will be big plays.
I give up. (I know, some of you have been waiting on me to say that for a long time now.)
What do you think the key to the game will be?