MIAMI (Ticker) -- Once again, Virginia Tech is the final obstacle for Miami on its way to a berth in a national championship game.
Top-ranked Miami will take a 34-game winning streak into Saturday's game at the Orange Bowl, where a victory over No. 14 Virginia Tech will put the Hurricanes into the Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State.
A loss by the Hurricanes, however, will throw the Bowl Championship Series into chaos.
The Hurricanes advanced to the Rose Bowl last season with a 26-24 win at Blacksburg. The Hokies' Ernest Wilford dropped a two-point conversion pass with 6:03 left and Miami sacked Grant Noel five times and intercepted four passes.
Miami (11-0, 6-0) left nothing to chance in a 49-7 win over Syracuse last week and would love nothing better than to do the same thing against the Hokies, who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 21-9 win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
"Virginia Tech is going to come in with a lot of energy," quarterback Ken Dorsey said.
The question on Saturday will be if the Hurricanes show up with that same intensity. Miami came out flat against Florida State and Rutgers and was lackluster at times in a win over Pittsburgh. But when Miami is in high gear, it can be unstoppable.
The Hurricanes can clinch their eighth Big East Conference title with a win on Saturday and will put a number of streaks on the line. Miami has won 23 straight Big East games since a loss to Virginia Tech in 1999 and has won its last 21 games at the Orange Bowl, the longest current run in the country.
Miami has won all 23 games under second-year coach Larry Coker.
Saturday also will be the final Heisman Trophy audition for Dorsey and running back Willis McGahee.
Dorsey made his case on Saturday, throwing for 345 yards and two touchdown passes. It was his fourth 300-yard game of the season.
McGahee carried 14 times for 134 yards and two long scores. He has rushed for 21 touchdowns this season to extend his own school record and went over the 100-yard mark for the ninth time this season, breaking the school mark held by Ottis Anderson and Clinton Portis.
Defensive back Maurice Sikes has returned a pair of interceptions for scores this season.
Saturday's game at one point looked like it could be a de facto national title game. The Hokies (9-3, 3-3) won their first eight games and appeared to be a serious Fiesta Bowl candidate, but losses to Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia changed that.
Virginia Tech regained its stride last week against Virginia as Lee Suggs ran for 108 yards and a touchdown. Suggs and Kevin Jones have combined for 2,035 rushing yards.
If the Hokies are to have a chance on Saturday, they will need a mistake-free game from quarterback Bryan Randall, who threw a key interception in a loss to West Virginia.
The Hokies also will need another big game on special teams. Freshman Daryl Tapp last week became the 56th different Virginia Tech plater to block a kick under coach Frank Beamer.
Miami has won the last two meetings with the Hokies, including a 41-21 win at the Orange Bowl in 2000.