10 Things I Learned 2010 … VMI

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Dontrelle Inman ‘s leaping touchdown grab helped the Hoos get a win.

With a game like UVa’s match-up this past weekend with VMI, you can argue that there is only so much to learn. I beg to differ, especially when you are dealing with a team in transition like Virginia’s 2010 squad. In this game, like each on this year, there will be plenty to learn.

1. Predictable. This game never was going to be close. Period. It was just a matter of when the Hoos managed to get things together and stop getting in their own way. And when that happened, this game was not going to be close.

Keep in mind that going into this game, VMI was coming off a 45-0 loss to William & Mary. Now while I grant you that a lopsided loss to William & Mary may not be all that embarrassing in the FCS ranks, it certainly did not offer the promise that the Keydets were going to perform better against FBS competition.

Ironically, the fact that Sparky Woods moved the VMI offense from a triple option attack to a more conventional scheme made it far less likely that this game ever was going to be competitive as the UVa defense – which physically outmatched the Keydet offense – was not seeing anything all that different than it saw throughout the offseason in practices. On top of that, the value of the game as a teaching moment for an upcoming triple option opponent – now, who could I be thinking of …? – certainly was lost.

So did that mean the game was not worth playing, particularly since it could not count toward bowl eligibility for UVa this year? I will not go that far. First, there was the issue of needing to schedule an opponent, period, but that is not a point on which we need to dwell. Beyond that, I think it is great for the Virginia program to play the other in-state programs, whether it be Richmond or VMI or William & Mary or Liberty or JMU. And finally, any win is important for UVa this season. And this weekend, the Hoos accomplished just that. And that was predictable from the start.