At Boston College, Oct. 8
The Cavaliers could be 4-0 when they make their first trip to Chestnut Hill, Mass., since a 30-21 loss in 1963. The game will go a long way toward revealing which of these teams can entertain hopes of playing in the ACC championship game and which will be hoping to scrape together six or seven wins to get to the Meineke Car Care Bowl.
Led by former Virginia assistant Tom O'Brien, the Eagles are playing their first season in the ACC and return 15 starters from a team that finished 9-3 last season, its last in the Big East. Defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka is one of the country's best pass rushers, and wide receiver-cornerback Will Blackmon is a great two-way player.
Virginia's Marques Hagans may be the key to this game, as much for his feet as his arm. In each of the Eagles' three losses last season, the opposing quarterback ran the ball effectively.
That won't be easy against a defense that, in addition to Kiwanuka's imposing presences has all three starting linebackers from last season returning.