Hoo Preview 2011: The Schedule

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Can Mike London and the Cavaliers surpass last season’s win total in 2011?

Once again it’s time for the annual schedule breakdown. There are six winnable games on the schedule in my estimation and with some progress from the run defense and the quarterback position, I can see as many as eight possible wins. Not likely, but possible. Let’s wrap up TheSabre.com’s month-long “Hoo Preview” with a closer look at the 2011 Virginia football schedule.

First Quarter of the season

  • Projected Record: 2-1
  • Best Case Scenario: 3-0
  • Overview: The Cavaliers open the season against in-state and nationally ranked Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) foe William & Mary, and then hit the road for games in Indiana and Chapel Hill. Virginia should roll into UNC 2-0 – the question is can the Hoos take advantage of the turmoil in Carolina to pick up a third consecutive win?

William & Mary Tribe

  • 2010 Record: 8-4
  • Offense: Single back/multiple
  • Returning Starters: 7
  • Defense: 4-3
  • Returning Starters: 7
  • Victory probability: 75%

The memories of Virginia’s 26-14 loss to the Tribe in 2009 are still fresh in the mind of many Cavaliers fans. Mike London is hoping to avoid the fate of his predecessor Al Groh and another season-opening loss to Jimmye Laycock’s squad. But it won’t be easy.

College football analyst Phil Steel ranks the Tribe No.1 in the FCS and three of the other major ranking magazines placed William & Mary in the top three nationally. The offense could be one of Jimmye Laycock’s best with a returning starter at quarterback and a stud running back in Jonathan Grimes, who is arguably the top player in the CAA. Although the Tribe returns seven starters on each side of the ball, they did lose four key players off their front seven on defense and are in search of some playmakers. The team’s potent offense will score some points but the Hoos should be able to