Pro Football Focus Highlights: The Final Stretch

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Head coach Bronco Mendenhall noted during his November 8 press conference that the University of Virginia football program has “every single goal that we set out with at the beginning of the year still available.”

Devin Darrington has made the most of his carries this season, especially in the games versus Duke and BYU. ~ Phots by Kris Wright/The Sabre

With a 4-2 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference, UVA controls its Coastal Division destiny with matchups at Pittsburgh and at home against Virginia Tech on the horizon. Win those two, and the Hoos are in the ACC Championship game. Before UVA can focus on its remaining ACC battles, it welcomes the No. 7 Notre Dame Fighting Irish to Charlottesville this Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.

How do the Hoos (6-3, 4-2) measure up against its final three opponents? Including Notre Dame and all 14 Atlantic Coast Conference programs, here is a look according to Pro Football Focus grades.

(Note: A Pro Football Focus grade of around 65 is average. The higher the better. A grade in the 70s is above average, while a grade in the 80s and above is very good.)


Pittsburgh (91.1) and Notre Dame (90.8) are second and third behind Wake Forest (92.2) in the overall team grade category. As you’ll see below, the Panthers’ explosive passing offense is a major reason why the team grades out so well overall. Meanwhile, Notre Dame is anchored by its defense but is solid in almost all aspects.

Virginia ranks sixth with a grade of 83.2, while Virginia Tech is 11th with a 78.