The Virginia Cavaliers got in the win column this past weekend against the William & Mary Tribe after playing two top-10 opponents in back-to-back weeks to open up their college football season.
After being outplayed by the UCLA Bruins on the road in the season opener, the Cavaliers lost a heartbreaker at home to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. With under a minute to play, Notre Dame’s backup quarterback connected on a long touchdown pass to give the Fighting Irish a late lead. The effort from Virginia was encouraging, but would’ve been a huge statement win had they pulled it off.
In any event, the Cavaliers were able to dust themselves off and earn a home win against the Tribe. Of course, the quality of competition wasn’t the same as facing two top-10 programs, but getting that first victory was an important step. The high-quality competition does not slow down however, as Virginia hosts the Boise State Broncos on Friday night, September 25, at Scott Stadium. According to TiqIQ.com, Virginia Cavaliers football tickets have an average price of $36 and a get-in price of $17 on the secondary market. Hipmunk.com has flights to Richmond that will get out-of-town fans within an hour-drive of the Virginia campus. To complete the road trip, Richmond hotels start at $45 for this weekend’s game.
Boise State was on track to be one of the undefeated teams that could possibly be a dark horse contender for a spot in the College Football Playoff, but a hail mary throw in the closing moments of their game against the BYU Cougars did in their chances. Their focus remains squarely on winning another Mountain West Conference championship, and defeating the Cavaliers is the next step in that process.
For those looking ahead at Virginia’s schedule, the Cavaliers need to pick up some wins in the next four weeks to have a chance of becoming bowl eligible. After the game against the Broncos, Virginia has winnable games against Pittsburgh, Syracuse and North Carolina before getting into the teeth of their ACC schedule. The Cavaliers end the season with a five-game stretch that includes Georgia Tech, Miami (FL), Louisville, Duke and Virginia Tech.