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Virginia quarterback David Watford throws a pass against Oregon on Sept. 7 at Scott Stadium. The Ducks defeated the Cavaliers 59- 10.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
3:30 P.M. | ESPN3.com | SCOTT STADIUM
OFFENSE: EDGE CAVALIERS
The Keydets, with 341 yards per game in total offense, have a wide margin over the Cavaliers (260.5) in that category. Virginia ranks 119th out of 123 FBS teams in total offense. UVa is tied for 114th in scoring, with 14.5 points per game, compared to the Keydets’ 19.3. However, VMI has played a pair of Division II opponents while UVa has faced No. 2-ranked Oregon and Brigham Young.
DEFENSE: EDGE CAVALIERS
VMI is giving up more than 510 yards per game and ranks 103rd out of 114 FCS teams, giving up more than 300 yards per game through the air and more than 5 yards per carry. Oregon laid waste to Virginia’s defense in a 59-10 victory two weeks ago in Charlottesville but the Cavaliers’ defense was stiff enough to hold BYU to a pair of touchdowns in a 19-16 UVa victory in Charlottesville.
SPECIAL TEAMS: EDGE PUSH
The Cavaliers special teams, in their first season under guru Larry Lewis, allowed a blocked kick that led to a touchdown against Oregon and remain unimpressive on kickoff returns. Fifth-year senior David Eberhard has been a bright spot for the Keydets, with seven punts of 50 yards or more, five of which have been downed inside the 20. VMI has attempted one field goal.
INTANGIBLES: EDGE CAVALIERS
Some of VMI’s most impressive wins of the last half-century came over UVa in the 1970s, but the Cavs have won the last nine games in the series, with none of the last seven decided by less than 25 points. With rain in the forecast for today, the conditions could hold down the score but there’s almost no chance VMI can keep this game interesting going into the second half.
PREDICTION: Virginia 48, VMI 7
Weather JournalPossible scrape with snow Tues