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SBN Reacts: Virginia fans rebuild confidence in team

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 Virginia at Clemson Photo by Dannie Walls/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NCAA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Virginia Cavaliers fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

Virginia returns to action this weekend against Louisville after having their matchup last weekend postponed due to positive testing and contact tracing among the Louisville team. Heading into the game, confidence among UVA fans is on the rise.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 94 percent of Virginia fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That’s up from 88 percent last week and 53 percent earlier in the season.

Attribute this to the rebound from four straight losses with a win over No. 15 North Carolina. Today’s matchup is of course very winnable, with two two-win teams going head to head for conference supremacy survival.

For now, fans around the country believe there is a clear-cut playoff picture. There is more than a 50 percent voting gap between the fourth seed in the playoffs and the No. 5 Florida Gators.

Notre Dame beat Clemson last week, but still sits behind the Tigers in the fan vote. That may be in part due to the belief held by more than 80 percent of fans that the two teams will face each other one more time this season, giving Clemson a chance at revenge.

The Notre Dame win last week caught much of the country off guard, but it wasn’t the most surprising thing, according to fans. 30 percent of fans said the most surprising result of last week was Penn State remaining winless on the season. Indiana beating Michigan also received more than 10 percent of the vote.

That may explain why the Big Ten received the least amount of votes when fans were asked which of the top three conferences in the country – Big Ten, ACC, SEC – is currently the best. However, despite placing two teams in the fan playoff bracket, the ACC also fell short in that vote to the SEC, which earned more than 50 percent of the vote.

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