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Schedule and Odds
Virginia is coming off a four-win season and made a number of changes to their coaching staff with the goal of reaching a bowl game. New coordinators on both sides of the ball highlight the changes, but there are plenty more additions at specific positions. The spot under the most scrutiny right now is at quarterback where David Watford and Greyson Lambert will be fighting for the job with a decision being made in early August. Former Alabama transfer Philip Sims was dismissed from the team in late May due to academic ineligibility.
After scoring few than 23 points per game last season, the Cavaliers made a big point at trying to improve on the offensive side of the ball. Whoever the new QB is, will have a lot riding on him. They'll have plenty of help returning, most notably at skill positions where running back Kevin Parks is projected to be one of the top rushers in the conference. The Cavs also return their leading receiver in Darius Jennings and tight end Jake McGee who both led the team with five TD receptions in 2012. Still, no matter who they have returning, it's the QB position that needs to find consistency.
The Virginia defense returns seven starters, but only two of them are seniors. They were average at best last year, giving up 42 points to Duke in one game. The unit will have a more aggressive style led by DC Jon Tenuta which will hopefully help. The front seven has plenty of talent to pick from while the secondary returns all four starters, although depth could be a concern in the back. They'll get a good taste of who they are after the first two weeks of play.
2013 Virginia College Football Schedule
Aug. 31 vs. BYU
Sept. 7 vs. Oregon
Sept. 21 vs. VMI
Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh
Oct. 5 vs. Ball State
Oct. 12 at Maryland
Oct. 19 vs. Duke
Oct. 26 vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 2 vs. Clemson
Nov. 9 at North Carolina
Nov. 23 at Miami (FL)
Nov. 30 vs. Virginia Tech
The Cavaliers will be at home for all of their non-conference games which is good, but their opponents aren't going to lay down for them. BYU and Oregon present contrasting styles of play in their opening games, and even Ball State can bring trouble with a top offense led by quarterback Keith Wenning.
A rough four-game stretch late in the season will be tough on Virginia. They'll get Georgia Tech and Clemson at home and then have to travel to North Carolina and Miami. Those are four of the better teams in the conference. That means the Cavs will have to get their wins early in conference play. Road games at Pittsburgh and Maryland will be tough as well.
To finish the season, Virginia will be back at home against in-state rival Virginia Tech and that needs to be a win if they want to finish with a better record than last season. The deciding of their new QB will go a long way for this squad because if they can't get consistent play out of him, another four-win season may be in the books. If all goes well, a bowl game may be in the cards in that season finale.
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