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Virginia 38, Duke 20

Late in the third quarter of Saturday's game at Scott Stadium, the Wahoos were down 20-17, and the Blue Devils were nearing the red zone, trying to add to their lead. Virginia had only forced two Duke turnovers to that point -- a fairly pedestrian number compared to recent meetings between these teams.

Then the Devils remembered...

Football

Gameday Guide - Duke

Posted on September 25, 2020 in The Team by Karl Hess.

Welcome to the 2020 college football season, Hoos! After many twists, turns, and three other possible opponents, UVA will finally open its football season Saturday. Virginia (0-0, 0-0) will host Duke (0-2, 0-2) at Scott Stadium. This game was originally scheduled for November 14. But the ACC worked with both programs to move the game forward after Virginia Tech had to postpone UVA's third scheduled season opener after COVID issues within the Hokies' program. 

After two sub-par outings, and with an ever-growing injury list, Virginia desperately needed an easier game.  Traveling to Blacksburg for a second meeting with Virginia Tech, the Cavaliers were obliged by a Hokie team that would just be trying to score a second goal on the season. The game went to overtime when Claire Constant saved the game, and perhaps Virginia’s season.

Football

Wednesday Reset - Week 3

Posted on September 23, 2020 in The Team by StLouHoo.

Weeks 1 and 2 are in the books... well for near everyone else anyways, and it's time to take a quick look back at the takeaways from the ACC's first two weeks and evaluate both the coming week and remaining road ahead:

 

Quick Hit Thoughts Of The Week

Well here we are, bearing down on our 4th opening game opponent. First VMI cancelled ...

This was the bargain that the ACC made to play fall sports: away teams will, when possible, complete all their travel in one day. So the Virginia women, who left for  Durham early Thursday morning and returned home that night, left for Clemson on Sunday morning ahead of a six-hour bus trip. It might have been too much.

 

The overriding factor behind home field advantage is not the fans in the stands, but rather it is the wear and tear that the traveling team must endure just to play the game. Playing during the pandemic just exacerbates travel and places an ever more onerous burden on the visitors. That, plus the deluge, was too much for a never-in-synch Virginia team that drew Duke 1 – 1.

As we wrap our official season preview coverage and next week go into our usual game-week battle rhythm talking the Tech game, the last thing we want to do is share our Final Thoughts. This is our usual place for each of our writers to spend a few minutes stepping back to speak whatever is on their mind after spending the last month deep-diving the X's and O's surrounding the team and the conference. It's an open space for whatever feelings, concerns, hopes or fears ultimately weigh heavy on our minds as we christen another new season in Charlottesville.

We're almost done with our 2020 football preview content, and now's the point where we survey our writers and ask them to share their Bold Predictions for the season ahead. And when we say "bold," we're asking our writers to really go out on a limb, no safe predictions. As such, these may be a bit out there, but where's the fun in playing it safe?

So without further ado, let's see what our writers are betting on this year...

Every year as we wind down our season previews for football and basketball, we ask our writers to look critically at UVA and talk about the X-Factors to a successful season. What three things do they think the season will ultimately boil down to? Maybe it's a player, maybe it's  an aspect of the offense or defense, maybe it's an intangible. For everyone, they're looking for something different. What do our writers think it will be this year?