Virginia Cavaliers College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
It’s hard to get too fired up for a 5-5 season after playing for the ACC Championship and putting up a good fight in the Orange Bowl the year before, but 2020 was better for Virginia than it might have appeared.
No, there wasn’t a bowl appearance – by choice, as the program decided not to take an invite – and it wasn’t a winning campaign. Worst of all, there was a loss to Virginia Tech to end everything on a sour note. But here’s the positive …
Things didn’t go right, and it was still a .500 season.
Set The Virginia Cavaliers Regular Season Win Total At … 6.5
There were way too many turnovers early, the pass defense was too often a rumor, and the team wasn’t able to control games like it could in key moments over the previous few seasons.
But the Cavaliers won most of the games they were supposed to, pulled off a shocker against North Carolina, and again, with the problems, it wasn’t a total disaster like it might have been not all that long ago.
This year’s team should be better, but it might not have the wins to prove it.
The offensive line should grow into a major plus, the secondary will be a whole lot stronger, and as long as the top skill guys can stay in one piece, everything should be more efficient.
The kicking game, though, is questionable, a few stars from the linebacking corps are gone, and everything will have to be close to perfect at times to come up with wins.
William & Mary, Wake Forest, Duke, Georgia Tech. The Cavaliers have to take down those four home games without blinking.
Notre Dame is on the slate, but there’s no Clemson or – in a big plus this year – NC State. However, going to North Carolina, Miami, BYU and Pitt – that’s a problem.
So expect Virginia to win most of the games it should, one it shouldn’t, lose one it shouldn’t, and get back to be more like the pre-2020 version on the way to a winning season and a bowl.