“We’ll have to play our best game to date, no question about it, to go on the road and play these guys in the atmosphere that I’m quite sure we’ll be created.”
— Virginia Coach Mike London
If the Cavaliers hope to advance to the ACC championship game, they must win Saturday at Doak Campbell Stadium for the first time in program history. That was the reality created by Virginia Tech’s 24-21 win Thursday night against North Carolina.
Should Virginia defeat Florida State, it would create a winner-take-all situation the following Saturday in Charlottesville against Virginia Tech. The winner would represent the ACC’s Coastal Division in the conference title game against Clemson.
But first, the Cavaliers must address the Seminoles, who have won five straight ACC games by an average margin of 23.8 points. Florida State’s run defense ranks among the best in the country, and it’s passing offense ranks among the best in the conference. Conversely, Virginia’s rushing attack hasn’t been this potent since 2004, and its passing defense has been prone to giving up several big plays per game of late. Those are the key matchups to watch.
The Cavaliers are 0-8 all-time at Florida State, though it should be noted this has been a season of streak-snapping for London’s squad. Can Virginia engineer another upset Saturday? As always, feel free to expand on your vote in the comments section below and/or e-mail me your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.