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Observations on football, men’s basketball, Malcolm Brogdon joins initiative, and Chris Taylor makes a key play

Watch out, ACC Coastal

NCAA Basketball Tournament - First Round - Hampton v Virginia Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It was another successful weekend for Virginia Cavaliers football, as the Hoos dispatched Duke on the road, 28-14. With the win, the team earned 25 and 17 votes in the AP and Coaches Poll, respectively. Looking forward to the men’s basketball season, we also discussed here on the STL the top five defenses in the ACC and what the (sorry) UMBC loss means long term.

UVA mentioned in college football week eight observations (USA Today)

After another hectic weekend in college football, the USA Today’s Dan Wolken took a moment to discuss the Wahoos and their position within the chaotic ACC Coastal. While he noted how Virginia has not yet represented the division in the conference’s title game, he said this season might be “their best shot.” Get excited people.

Hoos clock in at number 12 in power ranking (ESPN)

Something we’ve grown accustomed to as UVA men’s basketball fans is a certain level of preseason disrespect. After starting last season unranked, the Hoos marched all the way to the number one spot and earned the first overall seed in 2018. In ESPN’s newest edition of its preseason power list, the site ranked Virginia, who returns a lethal backcourt in Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy, as well as proven players like De’Andre Hunter, at number 12. We’ll see if the team can prove the pundits wrong again in 2018-19.

Malcolm Brogdon and Martha Karsh to help lead new UVA initiative (UVA Today)

The university recently announced that former UVA basketball star and current NBAer Malcolm Brogdon will serve as a co-chair for the new “Honor the Future” campaign, which plains to bolster various departments across the university. Brogdon is joined by Martha Karsh ‘78, who is a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors.

In game seven of the NLCS, former Wahoo and current Dodger Chris Taylor robbed Milwaukee Brewer Christian Yelich of a game-tying RBI in the bottom of the fifth inning, making an outstretched catch on the warning track. Taylor and the Dodgers would go on to win the decisive game, 5-1.

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Eric Smith, who played for the UVA football team from 2014-2016, took to the dance floor on Saturday following his squad’s win over the Blue Devils. Watch the big man break it down below!