12:30 p.m. at Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C.
Internet: Game streamed at ESPN3.com. Radio: WSPZ (570 AM).
Records: Cavaliers 2-6, 0-4 ACC; Wolfpack 5-3, 2-2.
END THE MISERY: Virginia enters Saturday’s road game at North Carolina State with its season in a tailspin courtesy of six straight losses. Though a second straight bowl berth is still technically in the cards if the Cavaliers win their final four games, the focus at this point is on ending this skid. One problem, though, is that North Carolina State Coach Tom O’Brien, a former Virginia assistant under Coach George Welsh, has never lost to the Cavaliers as a head coach.
SIMS VS. GLENNON: The last time Virginia’s Phillip Sims and North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon were on the same field, Sims set Virginia AAA state passing records but Glennon emerged with a dramatic playoff victory as Westfield High bested Oscar Smith in 2007. This time around, their battle will again be a huge factor. The Wolfpack has the ACC’s worst pass defense, but Glennon has been the most prolific passer in the conference this year. If he’s given time to throw, it could spell trouble for Virginia’s inexperienced secondary.