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The football season is over as of yesterday.  So what better time to write about football?

Actually, no, I'm not being facetious.  I just witnessed literally the most successful UVA football season I've ever seen, so it demands at least a handful of retrospective words.  (My UVA fandom officially dates back to 2000 and the BYU game that opened the "new" Scott Stadium.)

No. 9 Florida 36, No. 24 Virginia 28

Here it is, a week after the Orange Bowl as I write this sentence, and I am ready for the next UVa football game. Anyone else missing Wahoos on the gridiron? There was a time not too long ago when the season seemed to end in early November -- or even earlier -- as apathy set in and fans turned their attention fully to the basketball team.

Virginia played hard until the Orange Bowl's final whistle Monday night, making Wahoos everywhere proud as they made it obvious they belonged on the same stage as the big, bad Florida Gators.

Bryce Perkins threw for four touchdowns and 323 yards -- and had perhaps the play of the night on a vintage scramble TD pass -- but it wasn't enough as the Cavaliers fell to the Gators, 36-28 in Miami Gardens, Fla. Perkins did become the all-time total yardage leader in pro...

Monday night brings Wahoo football history as 24th ranked Virginia (9-4) plays in its first ever New Year's Six bowl game. It's their second ever major bowl game joining the 1991 Sugar Bowl in program record books. The SEC will have supplied the opponent in each game as the 9th ranked Florida Gators (10-2) will occupy the opposite sideline in Hard Rock Stadium.

The Hoos will look to win their second consecutive bowl game, both against SEC opponents, finish the s...

Last month after the win over Tech, I wrote that the Hoos had earned themselves two bites at the big-boy-football apple.  Chance number one did not go particularly well.  Chance number two is upon us.

The Hoos gave up 62 points to Clemson, which is going to happen when you face Clemson's offense without your all-American cornerback - and the players still on the field leave their tackling skills on the bus.  And yet, even the 62-17 final score fel...

Former Hoo footballers Earl Sims and Ahmad Hawkins join Seattle and StLou to preview the Orange Bowl. Listen to these two Hoo greats reconnect with some great stories from their playing days - and oh yeah, dish a little on the game and make their predictions. After The Earl and Ahmad Show, StLouHoo jumps into the studio with his mountain of data and breaks down the matchup. This is a great one to enjoy on your drive to Charlottesville for the basketball game, or while traveling to Miami for the football game!

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Early Signing Day Recap

Posted on December 23, 2019 in The Team by Karl Hess.

Note that this piece was a combined effort from StLouHoo and Karl Hess. StLouHoo handled the roster projections and remaining needs. Karl handled the class composition and player profiles.

While most of the country gears up to celebrate Christmas this week, the college football universe celebrated their own holiday this past Wednesday. Popularly known as Early Signing Day, Wednesday was the beginning of 2019's Early Signing Period for college football programs. ...

No. 3 Clemson 62, No. 23 Virginia 17

The Cavaliers marched right down the field on the opening drive Saturday night in the ACC championship game against the Tigers, but on third-and-9 at the 12, Bryce Perkins threw an interception in the back of the end zone.

On the last play of the first quarter, Clemson was up 14-7 and facing a second-and-18 after...

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Final Bowl Projections

Posted on December 6, 2019 in The Team by Karl Hess.

Bowl selections are made on Sunday. Here at HoosPlace, that means that it's time to go on the record with final projections.

Kendall is back this week to pinch hit for Maize.

Note that these selections were made prior to the PAC 12 Championship Game. But Karl was selfishly on vacation this week and could not publish until late Friday night.

A huge opportunity awaits the Virginia football program Saturday night in Charlotte, and the players, coaches, and yes, even fans, should treat it as such.

Obviously, pundits, analysts and the like, including yours truly, give virtually no shot to UVa in this game. I asked my friend what result would make him happy, and he said a loss by 21 points or less. I'm on record saying I'd be ecstatic with that result. I am just hoping Virginia can at least beat the spre...