No. 2 Oregon a Tough Task for Cavaliers

Last weekend's win over BYU was enough for the Virginia football team to create a minor blip on the national radar.

The Cavaliers received a pair of votes in the second Associated Press national poll of the season, released Tuesday. It's the first time the UVa program received any votes in the poll, since November 2011, when the Cavaliers entered Virginia Tech's visit ranked No. 24 in the country.

This Saturday, the Cavaliers have a chance to put a pretty big dent in those national polls.

Oregon moved up a spot to No. 2 in both the AP and coaches poll on Tuesday, following the Ducks' 66-3 win last weekend over Nicholls State in Eugene.

"It's just another chance to put us on the map," UVa offensive tackle Morgan Moses said this week. "I think about my first year, when we played USC down in California, and we took it to those guys. The outcome was a little different than we expected. But it just shows that when we bring big-time schools into Charlottesville, or we go out there, we can play with the best."

USC was ranked 16th in the country when they beat Moses and the Cavaliers 17-14 in September 2010. The Trojans were the No. 3 team in the AP poll when they opened the 2008 season by beating UVa 52-7 in Charlottesville.

That game marked the last time a top-five team visited Scott Stadium. The Cavaliers have just two wins in nine games at home against top-five teams, with both coming against Florida State -- a 26-21 win over the fourth-ranked Seminoles on October 15, 2004; and a 33-28 win over No. 2 FSU on November 2, 1995, the Seminoles' first-ever ACC loss.

Oregon will bring a 15-game winning streak in non-neutral site road games to Charlottesville this weekend. The Ducks put up a school-record 772 yards of total offense last weekend, and put up 66 points despite possessing the ball for only 19:46 against the Colonels.

"They didn't punt this past game. Over 700 yards total yards," UVa coach Mike London said. "So there's a lot of things that they do that's predicated to the talent that they have and the systems that they use."

"Obviously this is one of the best college football teams in the country, and we have a chance to play them here in Charlottesville."


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