What: Virginia Cavaliers (4-2, 1-1 ACC) vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (3-3, 0-2 ACC)
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, October 22, 2011
Place: Scott Stadium
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: Virginia -5.5
Last Meeting: 2007: Virginia 24, NC State 29
Last Time Out: NC State 38, Central Michigan 24
Series: NC State leads, 33-21-1
I'm still living off of last week's big win over Georgia Tech. Hopefully Coach London and the players, though, have moved on and are focusing on what could be a dangerous game for the Cavaliers, who have a long and proven history of collapsing during a "should win" game after a big upset. See, e.g., last year after Miami. We don't need to rehash that.
The Wolfpack have not won in Charlottesville since 1994, when they upset No. 13 Virginia. Coincidentally, State head coach Tom O'Brien was actually the offensive coordinator / quarterbacks coach for Virginia that year. After his stint at Virginia, he left to become the head coach at Boston College in 1997, hiring none other than Mike London to coach the defensive line. So you see, it's all come full circle for these two head coaches.
Per usual, Tiki has his in-depth and spot on preview of the Virginia - N.C. State matchup. Pack is coming off their bye week, which, as we saw last week, can be a powerful thing, especially since they've been, and continue to be, plagued by injuries.
Leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and Go Hoos!