For a program that has been traditionally bad at football, give all the credit in the world to head coach Bronco Mendenhall as a he turned a 2-10 team two years ago to a 6-6 team just this past season. This is an extra impressive feat considering that all the top in-state talent will always choose traditional powerhouse and rival Virginia Tech over the Cavaliers. Mendenhall is a defense first-type coach and he understands the talent difference between his guys and other ACC teams, however, that didn’t stop him from putting together a defensive unit that flashed top 25 potentials. They were able to hold a dominant Virginia Tech offense to just 10 points a season ago. The problem was that Virginia Tech allowed 10 less than that. It will be interesting to see what can Mendenhall can get out of his guys this year, but it would be wise to keep expectations low.
Coming off of a six-win season following a two-win season during the 2016 campaign, head coach Bronco Mendenhall has stuck optimism among the Cavalier fan base. Even with as a good of a job as Mendenhall has done with recruiting and seeking out transfers, such as new JUCO transfer quarterback Bryce Perkins, the Cavaliers face an uphill battle in 2018 thanks to a schedule that only has them being favorite in three games. However, the ACC is always a mystery and any team can achieve eight wins relatively easily, but this isn’t yet the time for the Cavaliers. The defense looks good and will certainly be the strong point of this team, but even with Perkins, the offense could still struggle mightily. The difference between bowling or not for the Hoos is going to come down to games against Pitt, North Carolina, and Louisville. If they could somehow get two of three, a six-win season could be in the cards.
Record: Wins 4, Losses 8
Week 1: Virginia 35, Richmond 17 (W)
Week 2: Virginia 28, Indiana 24 (W)
Week 3: Virginia 30, Ohio 17 (W)
Week 4: Virginia 17, Louisville 28 (L)
Week 5: Virginia 17, NC State 27 (L)
Week 6: Bye
Week 7: Virginia 26, Miami Fl 42 (L)
Week 8: Virginia 21, Duke 28 (L)
Week 9: Virginia 21, North Carolina 28 (L)
Week 10: Virginia 13, Pitt 38 (L)
Week 11: Virginia 41, Liberty 13 (W)
Week 12: Virginia 17, Georgia Tech 20 (L)
Week 13: Virginia 13, Virginia Tech 28 (L)