Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Hot Off The Presses

The 2006 Football schedule for the Virginia Cavaliers is out.

Since it is never too early to talk about football, let's take an educated look at what the Cavaliers will have to look forward to as they continue their quest for ACC glory.

Sept. 2 at Pittsburgh
Sept. 9 Wyoming
Sept. 16 Western Michigan

The first game is interesting because Pittsburgh had a very topsy turvy season in the Big East. Virginia will probably be favored and should win, but it will be an early indicator of how good this team will be. Wyoming has surprised teams before but this game along with Western Michigan should be simple enough if the Cavaliers come to play. This would take the Cavaliers to a potential 3-0 start before ACC play begins.

Sept. 21 (Thurs.) at Georgia Tech
Sept. 30 at Duke
Oct. 7 at East Carolina

ECU should be another W, the other two games are interesting. Duke should be easy enough, but it's important to keep in mind that they do have talent and Virginia will have 5 games in one month. The big problem might be GT. Virginia has had trouble beating GT on the road and this game will be on 5 days rest. A win here and UVA is in ACC heaven, but I predict that one could be a loss. So we finish this stretch 5-1.

Oct. 14 Maryland
Oct. 19 (Thurs.) North Carolina
Oct. 28 N.C. State

Maryland has always been a tough rival, but they also have fared horribly at UVA under Friedgen. UNC should also go into the win column. The Wolfpack had a breakout end to their season. Will the loss of Mario Williams take down their vaunted defense? I'll stay conservative here, and say we drop this one. However, with the way UVA has played at home, a win is very possible. Going into November we're 7-2...but my oh my, look at the horizon.

Nov. 4 at Florida State
Nov. 18 Miami
Nov. 25 at Virginia Tech

This stretch is hell. If the Wolfpack play like they did to end 2005, NO team has a harder 4 game stretch to end the year...PERIOD. FSU and Miami may not be dominating but they're still very good. I can't pick us to win either road game, and Miami might be asking alot. Therefore, a conservative estimate of 7-5 with a potential bowl win to notch that up.

This is very early and many things will happen to alter this. Hopefully UVA can pick up a few of those games like GT and NCSU. An upset or two after that, and UVA could be in the ACC championship. That is how fickle the preseason is. Nevertheless, UVA contains some winnable games, some strong match ups and entertaining possibilities. Until then, let the debate begin.


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