Greg’s Game Report: VT

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Coach Mike London’s focus turns to the offseason.

Headlines

  • Cavaliers held under the century mark rushing for only the third time this season
  • 0-for November streak continues at 13
  • Hokies become 6th team to run for 200+ yards on the Hoos in 2010
  • Red zone defense falters in fourth straight game

First Impressions

Though many Virginia fans went into Saturday’s game expecting a defeat, preparing for the worst still never takes the sting out of a loss to the Hokies – especially a beatdown. So first and foremost, this loss hurts.

From a practical standpoint, what Saturday’s drubbing means for the future of Cavalier football, the final game of Mike London’s first campaign was a stark reminder of just how much work London & Co. have in front of them to rebuild the Wahoo program. Three times in the last four games of the season Virginia held a second-half lead and could not close the deal. Some might argue that would indicate the Hoos held a 7-5 record within their grasp. They would be wrong. Virginia did not finish 7-5 or 8-4 this season because the Cavaliers do not have 7-5 specials teams, a 7-5 man under center or a 7-5 defense. It’s that simple.

The Hokies have won three ACC conference titles, produced seven consecutive 10-win seasons and have played in four BCS bowls in the last decade. That is where Virginia wants to be. The lasting impression from Saturday is a painful reminder of just how far away the Hoos are from that goal.

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. VT is considered a Tier 5 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

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