Team USA's oldest member is pleased with her first action in London.
Old Dominion coach Bobby Wilder was looking forward to catching Virginia in a more vulnerable state when the Monarchs added the Cavaliers to their schedule.
"I was really hoping when we scheduled this game three years ago that they wouldn't be this good if I'm being 100% truthful," Wilder said earlier this week about ODU's game Saturday night at No. 21 Virginia. "But I've been upstairs all morning studying them. They are a really good football team."
The Monarchs face an uphill battle to make headlines with an upset of the Cavaliers.
Virginia (3-0) is looking for its best start since 2004 when the Cavaliers won their first five games of the season. The Monarchs (1-1), in just their 11st season since reinstituting the football program, are coming of a 31-17 loss at Virginia Tech two weeks ago.
An early bye may have allowed ODU to prepare a few surprises for Virginia, but Wilder isn't sure.
"I think they are a complete football team," Wilder said, "and what I mean by that is they are solid in all aspects."
The Cavaliers are coming off a 31-24 victory against Florida State in a game they trailed for much of the contest. But Virginia fans were out in force for the matchup. The crowd -- 57,826 -- was the largest for the Cavaliers at home since Notre Dame visited to start the 2015 season.
"I was thrilled with the attendance and the support we received in our stadium," coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "Clearly made a difference for our team."
Virginia vs. Old Dominion Week 4:
Who: Virginia Cavaliers (3-0) vs. Old Dominion Monarchs (1-1)
What: Week 4 of the 2019 college football regular season
When: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, noon ET
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia
TV Channel: ESPN2
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Point Spread: -28
Weather: 88 degrees, sunny
Virginia 2019 season schedule:
Week 1: Saturday, Aug. 31, Virginia vs. Pittsburgh (30-14, W)
Week 2: Friday, Sept. 6, Virginia vs. William & Mary (52-17, W)
Week 3: Saturday, Sept. 14, Virginia vs. Florida State (31-24, W)
Week 4: Saturday, Sept. 21, Virginia vs. Old Dominion, 7:00 p.m.
Week 5: Saturday, Sept. 28, Virginia vs. Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m.
Week 6: BYE
Week 7: Friday, Oct. 11, Virginia vs. Miami, 8:00 p.m.
Week 8: Saturday, Oct. 19, Virginia vs. Duke, TBA
Week 9: Saturday, Oct. 26, Virginia vs. Louisville, TBA
Week 10: Saturday, Nov. 2, Virginia vs. North Carolina, TBA
Week 11: Saturday, Nov. 9, Virginia vs. Georgia Tech, TBA
Week 12: BYE
Week 13: Saturday, Nov. 23, Virginia vs. Liberty, TBA
Week 14: Friday, Nov. 29, Virginia vs. Virginia Tech, TBA
Associated Press assisted in the contribution of this story.
The Antonio Brown Era in New England is over.
Brown, one of the most prolific wide receivers to ever play in the NFL, was released by the Patriots Friday afternoon, just 11 days after signing with the team.
Shortly after his release from the Raiders, which preceded his signing in New England, reports surfaced of sexual assault allegations being levied at Brown. The receiver was facing charges of rape from a former trainer, and it was initially unclear how much the Patriots knew about prior to his signing.
Brown did end up playing in Week 2, his first opportunity with the Patriots, in Miami. He caught four passes for 56 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing the ball once for a five-yard gain.
Late Thursday night, additional reports surfaced of intimidating texts sent by Brown to someone involved in his court case. Less than a day later, the receiver tweeted a farewell to his now former team.
Minutes later, the Patriots announced they had parted ways with Brown.
The team released the following statement: “The New England Patriots are releasing Antonio Brown. We appreciate the hard work of many people over the past 11 days, but we feel that it is best to move in a different direction at this time.”
The investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Brown remains ongoing at this time.
The Redskins will host the Patriots in Week 5 of the 2019 NFL season.
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