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“It’s like another rivalry game, as well as Georgia Tech and (Virginia). We look at it just like that,” Hokies cornerback Rashad Carmichael said. “And we came out and had a big game against them last year, so we know they’re going to bring their A-game out against us this year. With the championship on the line, it makes it even better.”

After starting the season with losses to powerful Boise State and less-than-powerful James Madison, Virginia Tech has won eight straight, outscoring opponents 304-137. The defense is clicking, with nine sacks and eight interceptions in the last three games alone. And on offense, quarterback Tyrod Taylor is having a senior season to remember.

Taylor’s career numbers against Miami are far from impressive: 11 of 23, 178 yards, one touchdown in parts of three games. But he’s been part of two wins already in his career against the Hurricanes, and Miami coach Randy Shannon has nothing but the highest praise for Virginia Tech’s leader.

“Right now, he’s the best offensive player in the conference,” Shannon said.

Taylor’s numbers back up Shannon. In six ACC games, he’s completed 62 percent of his passes for 1,318 yards, 12 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

“The media wants to see Miami and Florida State play for the ACC championship every year,” Taylor said. “But things just don’t float out that way.”

And with a win Saturday, the Hokies could doom Miami’s hopes again.

“It’s going to be a big challenge for us as a football team to make sure that we come up with our best game,” Shannon said.