The University of Virginia men’s football team has turned losing into a very bad habit. The Cavaliers, as they are known, endured their worst season in the past thirty years in 2013. Then, under fifth year Head Coach Mike London, this squad got off to a 4-2 record in 2014 before losing five straight games to Conference foes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The team finished with a poor Won-Loss record of 5-7, winning just three of eight Conference games.
The mediocre showing did not sit well with the Coach, his players and the team’s fans. So Coach London decided that 2015 would be the start of a new era in Cavaliers football. He reasoned that his recruitment of quality high school athletes was ready to start paying dividends.
The new football season got off to a poor start. The University of Virginia traveled to Los Angeles to compete against the thirteenth-ranked Bruins of the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) on September 5th. Although the Cavaliers played well, the Bruins won the game by a score of 34-16.
The University of Virginia opened its home season the following week, on September 12th, with a second straight loss. It was beaten by the ninth-ranked Fighting Irish of the University of Notre Dame. The final score was 34-27.
Finally, this past Saturday, September 19th, the Cavaliers hosted a team they could beat. William and Mary University provided the competition and the Cavaliers prevailed by a score o 35-29. In its two losses and in its win, as well, the games have been competitive.
That is a good sign for the Cavaliers as they navigate their way through the remainder of their schedule. This squad’s remaining home games include contests against Boise State University on September 25th, the University of Syracuse on October 17th, twentieth-ranked Georgia Tech University on October 31st, the Duke Blue Devils on November 21st and Virginia Tech University on November 28th.
When the Cavaliers “hit the road” later this season, they will visit the Pittsburgh Panthers on October 10th, North Carolina University on October 24th, the Miami Hurricanes on November 7th and the University of Louisville on November 14th.
The Cavaliers play football in one of America’s toughest conferences. They compete against ranked teams every season. And, more often than not, they do well. That hasn’t been true in recent years because it has been “hard times” for the University of Virginia.
But even in their two losses in this still-young season, this squad has competed very well. There have been no blowouts. And while “moral” victories still count as losses, there is every reason to believe that the Cavaliers are finally moving in the right direction.
The team may not win a lot of games this season, but a transition to better times seems to be “just around the corner.”
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