Greg’s Game Report: Duke


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The Cavalier defense had problems at Duke.

Headlines

  • Duke lights up scoreboard and Cavalier defense for most points since 1990
  • UVa rushing attack tops century-mark for fifth consecutive game
  • Postseason hopes fade as Cavs lose third straight game to Duke
  • Virginia defense surrenders fourth 200+ yard rushing game of the season

First Impressions

Last week, I used the word physical to describe the play of the Virginia Cavaliers. The team’s play in its 55-48 loss to Duke can also aptly be described with one word as well … undisciplined.

The offense had its share of sloppy plays and coaching, but the defense personified the word undisciplined from tackling to gap control, containment to pass coverage and from hustle to football smarts. If stupid penalties, blown coverage and over pursuit were the focus of practice this week then by all accounts Saturday’s outing was a tremendous success. Virginia did things Saturday that losing teams do.

With a chance to take the rebuilding process to the next level with a road win, a plus .500 record and maintain a remote chance to actually secure a postseason bowl bid, the Wahoos played like a losing team as the grades reflect.

Grades

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. Duke is considered a Tier 3 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.

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Greg’s Game Grades