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Poll: How will Virginia fare against William & Mary?

“I mean, if you think about it, we’re working way harder than you guys. So we definitely want to see all our hard work pay off.”

-- left tackle Oday Aboushi

That might have been the line of the week. None of the reporters to whom Aboushi directed that comment took offense. That’s what we deserved for asking him whether he was excited for the games to finally get underway.

We’re anxious, too. Think of all the questions that will begin to be answered starting Saturday when Virginia hosts Division 1-AA William and Mary at Scott Stadium:

How will sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco perform as the starter?

How much will true freshman quarterback David Watford play? For that matter, how much will any of the true freshmen play? Coach Mike London says to expect 10-12 to see the field this season.

In Year Two of the 4-3 base defense, how much improvement will the Cavaliers demonstrate against the run? Against the pass?

Has Virginia become any more disciplined, or will penalties torment the Cavaliers once again this season?

And those are just the first few that popped into my head. There are more. Many, many more. Is it time for kick-off yet?

Until then, here’s a question you all can answer: What will be the outcome of tomorrow’s season opener? Feel free to expand on your vote in the comments section below and/or email me your thoughts at


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