Check back every Wednesday for the Cavaliers Report to get all the biggest Virginia headlines for each week, a recap of last week's game and a look ahead at next week's contest.
Virginia 2-4, (1-1) in the ACC
In the news
Cavs miss out on tight end recruit...again: Tight Chris Clark will transfer to Syracuse he confirmed to Scout.com. Clark was a major target for UVa's 2015 class, but elected instead to go to UCLA. When he announced he wanted to transfer, there was some thought that Virginia could be back in the mix, but once again, Clark has elected to go elsewhere.
Malcolm Cook out for the year: According to the team's injury report released on Monday, linebacker Malcolm Cook will miss the remainder of the season due to an upper extremity injury. Cook has three tackles this season, but has not played since the game against William & Mary.
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Last week's game: 44-38 3OT win over Syracuse
Virginia earned a desperately needed win last week in a triple overtime thriller against Syracuse. It is the Cavaliers' first ACC win of the season and their first win over an FBS opponent.
That's the good news.
The bad news is that for much of the game, Virginia was outplayed by one of the worst teams in the ACC and the weakest team they still had on their schedule. This game was an absolute must-win because if they lost you would have a hard time looking at the schedule and finding another possible win this season.
Considering how close it was, there still does not appear to be any slam dunks on the schedule, but the Cavaliers are in a much better position with the win than they would have been with the loss.
Overtime wins are the type of games teams can build around. Perhaps at season's end we will be able to point to this game as the catalyst for a strong second half to the season for the Hoos.
This week: Virginia at North Carolina, Sat. 3:30 p.m.
Virginia heads to Chapel Hill this week to take on the red hot Tar Heels. North Carolina has won five-straight and have established themselves as one of the front-runners in the Coastal Division thanks to their tremendous offense.
If you had to guess which team had the best offense in the ACC, you would probably look at Florida State with Dalvin Cook or Clemson with Deshaun Watson, but actually it is the Tar Heels who lead the league with 482.2 yards per game. The always dangerous Marquise Williams is a threat both on the ground and through the air and with running back Elijah Hood behind him, this is a tough offense to stop. For a Virginia team that has had trouble stopping anyone this season, this could be a rough day for the Hoos.
What will keep Virginia in this game is North Carolina's defense. This is a matchup that should have Steve Fairchild drooling. The Tar Heels have the worst rush defense in the ACC and Taquan MIzzell, Olamide Zaccheaus and Daniel Hamm should have plenty of room to run.
While fans have screamed over the years about Virginia not running a balanced offense, this is not the day for that. North Carolina is terrible against the run, but has a strong offense. The key then is maintaining possession and keeping Williams and Co. off the field. There's no better way to do that than to establish the run and this week, the Cavs should be able to do it.
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