The Virginia Cavaliers went to a bowl game in 2011, but have since gone 6-18 the last two years, despite the fact that they have had some solid recruiting classes. This year they have had a solid one again and if Mike London doesn’t produce then he may be looking for a new job real soon. Preview & Schedule below.
The Cavaliers ranked 109th in scoring last year, putting up 19.8 ppg, and if they hope to move forward then offensive improvement is a must. David Watford struggled at the QB spot last year, so it looks as if Greyson Lambert will take over this year. Lambert had a nice spring and is a definite upgrade over Watford. The top 2 WR’s are gone from last year, but 5 players return that caught at last 23 passes last year and 6 players are back that had at least 125 yards receiving, so there is experiences with this group. Kevin Parks had 1031 yards and 11 TD’s on the ground last year and leads a deep stable of RB’s, but the OL looks to be the weakest link of the offense, even with 3 starters back. The defense has struggled the last few years, but with 9 starters back and two huge recruits, this is the best defense that the Cavs have had in a while. DL Andrew Brown and DB Quin Blanding were both rated in the top 3 at their postions in high school last year and will both help this team right away. Brown should step in and be a starter right from the get go, Quin will work his way in as the secondary is already set with all 4 starters back. The LB corps also returns all 4 starters and will be a much improved group over last year.
The Cavaliers need to start turning things around or it will be adios Mike London. The offense will be improved over last year, with 8 starters back, a new QB and very solid skill players, but still the offense will not win games for this team. It will be their defense that will, with 27 letterman back on this side of the ball, to go along with 2 of the best defensive recruits in the nation. The Schedule is very difficult for the Cavs and though they will be vastly improved, it may not show up in the standings. Hard to see more than 3 wins from them this year. KEY TREND: 9-1 ATS after playing North Carolina.
2014 Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule
Sat, Aug 30th, 2014 UCLA
Sat, Sep 6th, 2014 Richmond
Sat, Sep 13th, 2014 Louisville
Sat, Sep 20th, 2014 at BYU
Sat, Sep 27th, 2014 Kent State
Sat, Oct 4th, 2014 Pittsburgh
Sat, Oct 18th, 2014 at Duke
Sat, Oct 25th, 2014 North Carolina
Sat, Nov 1st, 2014 at Georgia Tech
Sat, Nov 8th, 2014 at Florida State
Sat, Nov 22nd, 2014 Miami-Florida
Fri, Nov 28th, 2014 at Virginia Tech
Info gathered From Phil Steele's CFB Preview and Athlon Sports
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