Greg’s Game Report: EMU

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Mike London’s Hoos grabbed a big win against EMU.


  • Cavaliers dominate second half vs. Eastern Michigan
  • Virginia does not surrender a sack for the first time since 2007
  • Offense nets sixth century-mark game of the year
  • Run defense continues to struggle, allows 290 yards to Eagles

First Impressions

I’ve noted before that one of the key factors in progress for a rebuilding team is the ability to win the games it is supposed to win. To Mike London’s credit, his team is winning the games where the Cavaliers are clearly the superior outfit and that is an important element in this club’s progress.

After falling behind early, the EMU Eagles made things interesting by scoring 14 unanswered points in the second quarter to tie the game at 14. But after trading touchdowns that led to a 24-21 Cavalier lead, UVa dominated the final 22 minutes of play and showed glimpses of what this team could be. With two of the three operations grading out over 82%, Virginia produced, as expected, its best game against a Football Bowl Subdivision opponent this season.


In response to many reader requests, this season I am instituting an Opponent Strength Rating (OSR) number in the weekly grades. All 12 opponents have been assigned an OSR number based on where they rank among the 120 FBS schools. Read about the system on the blog. EMU is considred a Tier 1 opponent. In addition, the chart below will keep the week-to-week grades in place so you can watch the trends and the season average. I also have broken out the season grades into FCS only (Richmond and VMI) and FBS only (everyone else) lines.

Greg’s Game Grades