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Virginia 2-5, (1-2) in the ACC
In the news
Hurting: The Cavaliers have lost two more players for the season as Mike London announced Michael Mooney and Eric Gallon will both have season-ending surgery. Mooney has not played since injuring his knee against Pittsburgh. Gallon earned his first career start on Saturday, but suffered a Lisfranc injury that will now require surgery.
Third time's the charm? Virginia may get yet another shot at tight end Chris Clark after Syracuse withdrew their offer. Clark was a four-star rated tight end in the 2015 recruiting class according to Rivals.com. He was recruited by Virginia but ultimately chose to attend UCLA. Clark then decided to transfer from UCLA and UVa was thought to be back in the mix until he announced he was going to Syracuse. Now that he is once again on the market, Virginia may get yet another shot at the young tight end.
Tough to shake: Micah Kiser is making a name for himself in his first season as a starter. The sophomore linebacker currently leads the ACC in tackles with 71. He has 11 more than Quin Blanding who led the team in tackles last season and finished third in the conference.
FYI: With Virginia's 2-5 record and so many coaching jobs already starting to open up, there is plenty of speculation over whether London will keep his job as head coach. With that in mind, it is important to consider what it may cost Virginia to make a coaching change. David Teel of the Daily Press broke down just what exactly it would cost the school to replace London.
A school like Notre Dame can afford to pay former coaches like Charlie Weis in perpetuity, but Virginia can't. That's something the university will have to consider if they decide to make a move.
Last week's game: 26-13 loss at North Carolina
You cannot turn the ball over five times and expect to win. Virginia did just that...in one half and it cost them the game.
It wasn't so much a matter of giving up points to the Tar Heels--North Carolina only turned those five turnovers into six points--what really hurt the Cavs was the points the turnovers took off the board.
In Virginia's first three possessions of the second half, the Cavaliers punted once and Johns threw two interceptions. In North Carolina's first three possessions of the second half, they scored 13 points. Virginia was not able to keep pace with UNC because of those turnovers. That allowed North Carolina to pull away and forced Virginia to abandon the run despite the success they were having.
This week: Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, Sat. 3:00 p.m.
The challenge of playing against Georgia Tech is nothing new, but stopping the triple option has not gotten any easier over the years. Though it has been a down year for the Yellow Jackets, it is a confident team that heads to Charlottesville after Georgia Tech handed Florida State its first loss of the season.
Though Virginia's major weakness defensively this season is its pass defense, the rush defense has not faired much better as they rank 10th in the ACC. The Cavaliers cannot afford to simply load the box and hope to slow down the run because even the Yellow Jackets could exploit their secondary. Somehow Virginia is going to have to find a way to defend the option while staying honest in pass defense.
Don't be surprised to see a few long passing plays burn the Hoos on Saturday as they cheat up and focus on the run.
Offensively, the Cavaliers have found success on the ground as of late and they need that to continue because who knows where Johns' confidence level is after throwing four interceptions against the Tar Heels. The good news is that while the Hoos rank 10th in rush defense, Georgia Tech ranks 9th--they're not much better.
The defense has really hurt the Yellow Jackets this year. Offensively, they are averaging about 35 points per game and rank eighth in the nation in rush offense. Yet, they are 3-5 on the season because the defense can't keep opponents out of the end zone.
Expect a similar offensive game plan this week for Virginia to what we saw last week. The Cavaliers will focus on the run in order to exploit Georgia Tech's defense and keep their offense off the field.
The Yellow Jackets won last week off a blocked field goal that was returned for a touchdown as time expired. Those type of victories can have one of two effects: Either Georgia Tech will come into this game on an emotional high or they will find themselves emotionally drained and exhausted. If last week was a turning point for them and they are again the team we expected them to be at the start of the season, Virginia could be in big trouble.
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