Time: 3:30 p.m.
Date: November 26, 2011
Place: Scott Stadium
TV: ABC / ESPN 2
Radio: Virginia Sports Radio Network
Spread: Virginia Tech -5.5
Last Meeting: 2010; Virginia 7, Virginia Tech 37
Last Time Out: Virginia Tech 24, North Carolina 21
Series: Virginia Tech leads, 50-37-5
Opposing Site: Gobbler Country
Holy crap, how are we where we are right now? Hoo couldn't sleep last night because of all the buzz in the air? By all accounts, there's been an "it" in the air in Charlottesville, as, for the first time in a long time, this game has an implication beyond the Commonwealth Cup, something that our players haven't seen since 2003.
On top of the Coastal division title implications, there's also plenty of hype for Senior Day in Charlottesville. The fourth- and fifth-year football players to be honored include: Mike Ahunamba, Kris Burd, Matt Conrath, Terence Fells-Danzer, Steve Greer, Trevor Grywatch, Chris Hinkebein, Jacob Hodges, Jimmy Howell, Nick Jenkins, Cam Johnson, Dom Joseph, Ray Keys, John Maghamez, Kyle McCartin, Rodney McLeod, Matt Mihalik, Anthony Mihota, Max Milien, Chase Minnifield, Corey Mosley, Brian Oden, Austin Pasztor, Colter Phillips, Johnny Pickett, Robert Randolph, Buddy Ruff, Billy Schautz, Ryan Shaw, Aaron Taliaferro and Erin Thornton.
Allowing an average of only one sack a game (leading the conference and 16th in the country), Virginia has had offered plenty of protection for QB Micahel Rocco, who over the past seven games (6-1), has thrown for 1,356 yards and has 10 TDs to just two interceptions. The Hokies and Cavaliers are first and second, respectively, in the conference for pass efficiency defense. Expect a lot of running from both teams (and be wary of any time Hokies RB David Wilson touches the ball).
Hoos of course are looking for a different result than the 2007 showdown between the two teams, when both No. 8 VPISU and No. 16 UVA had a 9-2, 6-1 ACC record, with the winner clinching the division title.
I mean. You guys get it. This is a big game. There's a lot of hype. IQ levels in Charlottesville have dropped significantly over the past 24 hours. Here's a preview of the game. Leave your pre-, in- and post-game thoughts here, and Go HOOS!