Virginia Comes Off Bye Week Eyeing Tigers

By: Marc Davis Email
By: Marc Davis Email

November 18, 2008

The Cavalier football team is coming off a bye week and now turns its attention to the Clemson Tigers. With two games remaining, Virginia needs at least one win to become bowl eligible for the sixth time in eight seasons, and will look to secure that victory on Saturday.

Virginia enters with a 5-5 record, 3-3 in the ACC. The Cavaliers are currently on a two game losing streak and used the bye week to correct some mistakes that they believe led to those two losses. The Cavs turned the ball over four times against Wake Forest, a number they hope to see drop significantly in the coming weeks.

Clemson, meanwhile, enters at 5-5 as well, and is 3-4 in the conference. Saturday marks the Tigers final ACC contest of the season. They have won two of their last three, including a 31-7 win against Duke this past Saturday. Clemson has fallen well short of expectations, as the Tigers were the preseason favorites to win the conference.

This marks the first meeting between these two teams since 2004, which saw the Cavaliers win at Scott Stadium, 30-10. No player on the current Virginia roster has seen any game time against the Tigers, and only five players were part of the team the last time these two squads clashed.

Click on the above video link to hear Virginia's thoughts on the bye week, and for a preview of Saturday's match up.

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