- Associated Press - Friday, November 19, 2010

MIAMI (AP) - Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer understands the reality.

He’s choosing not to accept it yet.

Yes, the 14th-ranked Hokies _ written off after an 0-2 start _ are in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s most enviable position. They’ve gone 8-0 since that miserable beginning, matching the school’s longest winning streak since 1999, and need only to win one of their final two games to secure a spot in the ACC title game on Dec. 4.

“All our attention right now is not on two games,” Beamer said. “It’s on one game.”

With that, his mindset is clear: Virginia Tech (8-2, 6-0) is coming to No. 24 Miami (7-3, 5-2) on Saturday to clinch the Coastal Division title, something he doesn’t want left to chance in a rivalry game against Virginia next weekend. The Hokies have owned Miami like no other team in the nation since 1995, winning 10 of 15 meetings with the Hurricanes in that span.

And this weekend, the Hokies can deal Miami another fierce blow by celebrating a title on the Hurricanes’ home field.

“Honestly, man, we’ve got a lot more to fight for,” Miami cornerback Ryan Hill said. “Everything’s at stake. … We still have faith. We still have a future, if we can just play hard and do what we have to do.”

The Hurricanes can still win the Coastal, but only if they beat Virginia Tech on Saturday, then have the Hokies fall to Virginia next week. If Miami hadn’t lost at Virginia on Oct. 30, then this game would have decided the Coastal Division title and possibly been enough to send the Hurricanes to the ACC title game for the first time.

Instead, they have to win this week _ then hope.

“We just have to play our game,” running back Lamar Miller said. “We can only control what we can control, so we’re just working hard, working hard in practice, putting it all on this game.”

They’re putting it all on quarterback Stephen Morris again, too.

Morris will make his third straight start; not only did Miami win its first two under Morris, but they racked up back-to-back 500-yard offensive efforts for the first time in nearly eight years. Beating Maryland and Georgia Tech, though, won’t measure up as the sort of challenge that Virginia Tech will bring, especially with a championship up for grabs.

Virginia Tech’s Jayron Hosley entered the week tied for the national lead with seven interceptions, and his assignment on Saturday will be to give Miami’s true freshman quarterback fits.

“Definitely, this is a game I’ve been looking forward to,” said Hosley, a South Florida native who was recruited by Miami _ a school he said he never rooted for as a kid. “I’m ready to get after them.”

With that, it sounds like Beamer’s message is getting through to his team. The Hokies, who rolled past Miami 31-7 in Blacksburg last season, don’t want to wait another week for their title.

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