Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 | 2 a.m.
The sixth season of the annual Play of the Day betting competition between the Sun's sports staff is now under way, effective July 1.
Bankrolls start at $10,000 for each of the four participants, with the objective to increase it as much as possible over the next year. The minimum daily wager is $300, with a $200 penalty assessed for failing to place a bet on an assigned day.
Past winners are Case Keefer in 2018-19 and 2017-2018, Ray Brewer in 2016-2017 and 2015-2016, and Taylor Bern in 2014-2015.
Virginia Tech plus-14.5 at Miami, $660 to win $600: Miami scored just 17 points two weeks ago as 30-point betting favorites against Central Michigan. Against Florida, the Hurricanes scored 20 points. Against North Carolina, they managed 25 points.
I just don’t see Miami scoring enough to beat anyone team — even lowly Virginia Tech — by two or more touchdowns. The Hurricanes have a freshman quarterback, and first-time starters are always inconsistent. Their running game also isn’t a strength, averaging just 148 yards per game.
Virginia Tech, though, isn't great. Both of its wins have come against lower-division opponents, and last week, the Hokies were drummed by Duke, 45-10. However, they played both Cincinnati and Boston College tough in close defeats, and Miami should be another close game. Expect few points from both teams.
Current Standings: Grimala (7-3, $10,445), Emerson (5-9, $7,420), Brewer (5-8, $7,275), Keefer (8-9-1, $6,415)