CORAL GABLES, Fla. Enjoying a rare Saturday off in November, Miami's Dallas Crawford was told N.C. State had lost 33-6.
"I said, 'They played Virginia?'" the Hurricanes running back said Tuesday. "I just didn't expect that."
Few people did.
Virginia hobbled into Raleigh, N.C., on Saturday with a six-game losing streak, yet exited with a dominating victory.
"They have a lot of talent, they're very physical," Crawford said. "They could have been playing like that all year."
The question is: How will Virginia (3-6, 1-4) play against visiting Miami this Saturday?
The Hurricanes (5-4, 4-2) are aiming to capture the school's first ACC Coastal Division crown after seizing control by beating perennial conference powerhouse Virginia Tech on Thursday night.
Playing for something meaningful during the season's second half usually has a positive effect on a team. Makes it more focused, more determined.
But the first ...