“I think they cut it in half and say ‘swag.’”
-- Coach Mike London
The Virginia football team has not played in the state of Indiana since falling to then-No. 1 Purdue, 44-6, on Sept. 21, 1968. That game, as you might imagine, did not go so well for the Cavaliers.
London’s squad is aiming for a better result this time around, and they’ll enter Saturday’s contest at Indiana with a little of that “swag” London was referring to. The Cavaliers should be feeling plenty confident coming of their season-opening 40-3 victory over FCS William & Mary last weekend.
Speaking of confidence, London said Wednesday sophomore quarterback Michael Rocco is developing more of it by the day. In fact, the question that prompted London to offer the quote that’s in italics up above was whether Rocco is starting to develop a swagger. London said Rocco’s self-assurance is more of the quiet, understated variety. But he feels the quarterback has more of it these days. And that can only help, right?
Rocco and the rest of the Cavaliers will face a stiffer test against Indiana than they did against William & Mary. And yes, I’m aware the Hoosiers are coming off a 27-20 loss to Ball State. The fact is on the whole the caliber of athlete that plays at Indiana is a level above that of the athlete at William & Mary.
That said, the last time Virginia met the Hoosiers on the gridiron, the Cavaliers came away with a 47-7 win at Scott Stadium in 2009. Will the final score be that unbalanced this time around? You tell me.
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