Virginia football schedule predictions and early game-by-game preview for 2016. Projecting how the Cavaliers will do this year.
It’s a new era with a new coaching staff, but will the results be more positive? Can the Cavaliers do much of anything positive? Check out the Virginia football schedule predictions for every game this season.
Sept. 3 vs. Richmond
It might take a little while for Bronco Mendenhall to get the talent in place to succeed, but he should start out his era with a win against a Spider team that just missed on winning the FCS title. The Cavalier defense will be ahead of its offense.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia 31, Richmond 14
Sept. 10 at Oregon
It’s the wrong time to make a trip across the country to deal with Oregon, who looks at this as a key tune-up. Virginia should hang around for a little while, and then the floodgates will open and the Cavs won’t have an offensive answer – they won’t be able to keep up the pace.
Preseason Prediction: Oregon 44, Virginia 17
Sept. 17 at Connecticut
Yuck. The UConn defense will keep this ugly, but Virginia’s offense will be a bit more effective and a bit better when it has to be. It’ll be an instant memory dump by the college football world with almost nothing happening from either attack, but Virginia won’t care – it’ll be 2-1.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia 16, Connecticut 10
Sept. 24 vs. Central Michigan
If Central Michigan isn’t the best team in the MAC, it won’t be far off. Cooper Rush and the Chippewa offense should be good enough to come up with a few nice moments, but there won’t be enough of them. Virginia’s ground game will have its best performance of the young year to end the month at 3-1.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia 38, Central Michigan 17
Oct. 1 at Duke
Duke will be in desperate need of a win considering what’s ahead in the ACC schedule, but so will UVA. The loser of this could end up finishing on the bottom of the Coastal, and both teams will play like it. The Blue Devils will pull it out with a late field goal at home.
Preseason Prediction: Duke 20, Virginia 17
Oct. 15 vs. Pitt
The Cavaliers get a nicely-time week off before trying to make a big run, but it’ll be tough against a Panther team that should be way too physical on both sides of the line. Virginia will get a great day out of the defense, but it won’t be enough to overcome a sputtering day from the offense.
Preseason Prediction: Pitt 20, Virginia 13
Oct. 22 vs. North Carolina
The North Carolina offense will be in need of a great day, and it’ll get it with everything working just right at home. UVA will hang tough for the first 20 minutes, and then the Tar Heels will click and put it away before halftime.
Preseason Prediction: North Carolina 40, Virginia 17
Oct. 29 vs. Louisville
The Cardinals will be rolling. They’ll be the hot thing going in the ACC with just one loss and thanks to a big win over Florida State, but they’re going to be in for a dogfight against the Cavaliers on the road. Virginia’s offense will finally start to work, but the Louisville offense will be just good enough to survive. This will be a frustrating heartbreaker for Mendenhall.
Preseason Prediction: Louisville 31, Virginia 28
Nov. 5 at Wake Forest
This is when the Cavaliers have to come up with a win over a Demon Deacon team that’s good, but also won’t have an ACC win to this point. The home field advantage will matter with a solid game from the Wake Forest defensive line keeping this tight throughout – just before the offense comes up with a late game-winning drive for the win.
Preseason Prediction: Wake Forest 26, Virginia 24
Nov. 12 vs. Miami
It’s Virginia’s final home game of the year, and it’ll pull out all the stops to try to get something positive out of the season – bowl eligibility will still be possible by winning out. Instead, the Hurricane defensive front will dominate in the second half to keep the Virginia woes rolling.
Preseason Prediction: Miami 17, Virginia 13
Nov. 19 at Georgia Tech
With bowl eligibility gone and the season not showing much of anything positive, this is where the wheels come off. Georgia Tech’s offense will march up and down the field in its home finale, putting the game away early and enjoying the day the rest of the way.
Preseason Prediction: Georgia Tech 40, Virginia 17
Nov. 26 at Virginia Tech
Can Virginia salvage something out of the season with a win over its rival? Nope. Virginia Tech is going to need this win to get bowl eligible, and it’ll play like it as it fights through a frustrating season of its own to win in a good, tough game with each one leaving it all on the field.
Preseason Prediction: Virginia Tech 26, Virginia 17
2016 Prediction: 3-9
2016 ACC Prediction: 0-8