Cavaliers going for share of ACC crown

RBs Alvin Pearman and Wali Lundy along with a solid pass defense will lead Virginia to a road upset of rival Tech.

Originally Published: November 25, 2004
By Steve Muench | Scouts, Inc.
Saturday's game will mark the 86th meeting between Virginia and Virginia Tech, with the Hokies holding a slight 43-37-5 edge in the all-time series. Both teams come into this game nationally ranked for the first time since 1999 and both are very much in the mix for this year's Atlantic Coast Conference championship.

Who: Virginia (16) vs. Virginia Tech (11)
When: Sat., 1 ET (ABC)
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, VA
Virginia, which owns a 5-2 mark in league play, is currently tied for third place in the conference standings with Miami. A win on Saturday would at least guarantee the Cavaliers a share of the league title. Meanwhile, the Hokies sit atop the conference ledger alone at 5-1 and can win the league championship outright by knocking off the Cavaliers and Hurricanes over the next two weeks.

These two in-state rivals will also be competing for the Commonwealth Cup, the annual trophy given to the winner of the Virginia-Virginia Tech game. The Hokies had won the Cup for four straight years before losing at Charlottesville in 2003. With conference championship implications, an annual trophy and in-state bragging rights on the line, the 86th edition of this rivalry is sure to be filled with emotion. Can the Cavaliers rise above it all to stake their claim for the league crown or will the daunting task of playing in Blacksburg prove too much?

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Steve Muench played four years of Division I-AA football before joining Scouts Inc. in 2002. He has evaluated both NFL and college players for Scouts Inc., but his current focus is on the NFL draft.