Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Charlie Red McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
Head Coach Mike London enters his sixth season at “UVA” with a 23-38 record. Twelve starters from last season’s squad are returning. Virgina went 5-7 in 2014, 3-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference action. The Cavaliers play in the Coastal Division of the ACC. Virgina has not been in a bowl game since the 2011 season, and London must turn the corner in 2015. The Cavaliers have an awesome recruiting base, especially in the Norfolk-Hampton Roads area. Virginia Tech has been the elite program in the “MOTHER OF STATES”. The Virginia Cavaliers plays home games at the 61,500 seat Scott Stadium on campus in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Five starters return to the Virginia offense, which lacked explosiveness last season. Offensive Coordinator Steve Fairchild has a reason for optimism. London brought in former Wisconsin assistant Chris Beatty to work with the running backs. 2014 starting Quarterback Greyson Lambert (1,632) passing yards was demoted in favor of the mobile Matt Johns. Former North Carolina State speedster T.J. Thorpe adds speed to the wide receiver position. Running back Taquan Mizzell will be the featured in the rushing game. The Cavaliers are set on the offensive line. The Virginia Cavaliers went 7-4-1 on NCAA Football Betting Predictions last season, going over the betting odds total four times and staying under the betting odds total eight times.
*The “UVA” offense ranked 90th in offense last season, with 374.2 yards per contest.
*The Cavaliers were 5-1-1 Against The Number at Scott Stadium.
*Virginia went 2-3 Against The Spread on the road.
*The betting odds total went 2-5 at home in 2014.
*Virginia went over the betting odds twice on the road.
*The Cavaliers stayed under the betting odds total three times away from Charlottesville.
*The Virginia passing ranked 58th in the nation, averaging 236.4 yards per game through the air.
*Virginia scored an average of 25.8 ppg, 88th in the FBS.
*The Cavaliers ground game averaged 137.8 yards per contest running the football, 100th in the NCAA football landscape.
The Cavaliers defense must replace the entire group of linebackers from last season, including two NFL draft picks. The defensive line is the strength of the unit. Senior defensive end Mike Moore, along with run stopper David Dean will anchor the group. Tackles Donte Wilkins and Andrew Brown round out the D-line. The defensive backfield has two experienced players at the cornerback position. Sophomore safety Quin Blanding has star written all over him and will be the leader of the secondary. If defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta finds athletic linebackers in fall camp, the Virginia defense will be very good against the run and pass.
*The UVA defense was 29th in the FBS last season, giving up 353.2 yards per game.
*The Cavaliers pass defense allowed 232.5 yards per contest through the air, 74th in the NCAA football landscape.
*Virginia opponents put up an average of 24.2 ppg, 33rd nationally.
*The Cavaliers run defense gave up 120.7 yards per game on the ground, 18th in all of College Football.
*Virgina has a very tough non-conference schedule in 2015. The Cavaliers start the season at UCLA, host Notre Dame in the second game, and Boise State visits Charlottesville the last week of September.
*The Cavaliers end the season with ACC opponents Duke and Virginia Tech invading Scott Stadium.
Bovada lists the Virginia Cavaliers at over/under four and a half wins in 2015.