Virginia 2016 football regular season schedule
2016 UVa regular season schedule
Bronco Mendenhall takes over as head coach for the Virginia Cavaliers. What can we expect from the Hoos in 2016? Here's the regular season schedule for year one of the Mendenhall era.
Sat. Sept. 3 vs. Richmond 3:30 p.m.The Spiders are an FCS team, but they are no pushover. They made it all the way to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs just last season, but will have to replace leading rusher Jacobi Green who accounted for 22 touchdowns
The Spiders are an FCS team, but they are no pushover. They made it all the way to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs just last season. This year they will have to replace leading rusher Jacobi Green who accounted for 22 touchdowns last season. This is a good game for Bronco Mendenhall to start his Virginia career with.
Sat. Sept. 10 at Oregon 10:30 p.m.
Oregon took a step back in 2015 after reaching the College Football Playoff in 2014, but the Ducks certainly have the talent to remain a powerhouse. Can the Cavaliers defense keep up with the high tempo of the Oregon offense?
Sat. Sept. 17 at UConn
Most people may think of UConn’s football team as a punchline, but they showed in 2015 that head coach Bob Diaco may have this team on the right track. The Huskies handed Houston their only loss of the season and reached a bowl game for the first time since their Fiesta Bowl berth in the 2010 season.
Sat. Sept. 24 vs. Central Michigan
They may not be a power conference team, but Virginia will have to look out for Central Michigan. The Chippewas return eight starters from what was the 16th defense in the nation in 2015. They also boast a very dangerous passer in Cooper Rush
Sat. Oct. 1 at Duke
Some believe this could be a step back year for Duke after seeing them manage only an 8-5 record in 2015, but count out the Blue Devils at your own risk. Head coach David Cutcliffe has managed to build a respectable football team at Duke and they always seem to be surpassing expectations. The Blue Devils were decimated by injury on the defensive side of the ball last season and will look to rebound this year. The biggest question mark is on offense as Zac Roper takes over at offensive coordinator for Scottie Montgomery who left for ECU. In addition to what looks like a lack of talent at the skill positions, Roper may also be without his starting quarterback. Dual threat Thomas Sirk ruptured his Achilles tendon in February and his status remains uncertain.
Sat. Oct. 15 vs. Pitt
Pat Narduzzi impressed in his first season at Pittsburgh leading the Panthers to eight wins in 2015. That has led many to believe Pitt are well on their way towards contention in the Coastal Division. Running back James Conner’s successful battle with Lymphoma has been the feel-good story of the offseason. Hopefully he will be able to return to the field this fall and if he does, he will provide an offensive spark to go along with the stout defense Narduzzi has built.
Sat. Oct. 22 vs. North Carolina
Marquise Williams won’t be under center for the Tar Heels, but the defending Coastal Division Champions look well stocked for another run at the division crown. The main focus for North Carolina this season will be getting quarterback Mitch Trubisky up to speed.
Sat. Oct. 29 vs. Louisville
The last time Louisville visited Charlottesville, Virginia handed them their first ACC loss in team history. Lamar Jackson leads the Cardinals at quarterback this season after scoring 23 total touchdowns in 2015. With Todd Grantham still the defensive coordinator, Louisville will hope to break through the Florida State-Clemson ceiling in the Atlantic Division.
Sat. Nov. 5 at Wake Forest
Wake Forest has managed only six wins in the past two seasons, but head coach Dave Clawson has a more experienced group to work with in 2016. It’s still unclear whether John Wolford or Kendall Hinton will start at quarterback, but the defense is expected to be solid despite the loss of linebacker Brandon Chubb.
Sat. Nov. 12 vs. Miami
For years Virginia seemed to have Al Golden’s number, but now Golden is gone and Mark Richt is in his place. Richt is a clear upgrade at coach having won the SEC twice and the SEC East six times in his 15 seasons at Georgia. Miami hasn’t looked like The U for many years, but now the chronically underachieving Hurricanes look poised for a comeback thanks to Richt and budding star quarterback Brad Kaaya.
Sat. Nov. 19 at Georgia Tech
After an 11-win season in 2014 much more was expected from the Yellow Jackets in 2015 behind quarterback Justin Thomas. Georgia Tech managed only three wins and now the state of this team heading into this season anyone’s guess. At this point, you know what you’re going to get from Paul Johnson’s option offense. The question for Virginia is how will this new coaching staff defend it?
Sat. Nov. 26 at Virginia Tech
Bronco Mendenhall will wrap up his first regular season by heading to Blacksburg to meet Justin Fuente who is also in his first season at Virginia Tech. The Hokies have won the Commonwealth Cup for 12 consecutive seasons, but does Frank Beamer’s retirement represent a changing of the guard? A win for Mendenhall over Fuente would sure feel like it. With Bud Foster still running the defense, however, and plenty of returning players at the skill positions including Isaiah Ford, Travon McMillian and Bucky Hodges, it will be tough for the Hoos to finally knock off their rivals.