Below you’ll find Virginia football’s schedule. As you can see, plenty of this year’s games are winnable! The real test will come once conference play heats up. Unfortunately, the toughest matchups this season are clustered around the end of the schedule, so the Cavs will need to get off to a fast start and hope to carry that momentum into a potential bowl bid.
Virginia Football Upcoming Games
- Saturday, Sept. 3 – vs Richmond
- Saturday, Sept. 10 – at Oregon
- Saturday, Sept. 17 – at UConn
- Saturday, Sept. 24 – vs Central Michigan
- Saturday, Oct. 1 – at Duke
- Saturday, Oct. 8 – OFF/BYE WEEK
- Saturday, Oct. 15 – vs Pitt
- Saturday, Oct. 22 – vs North Carolina
- Saturday, Oct. 29 – vs Louisville
- Saturday, Nov. 5 – at Wake Forest
- Saturday, Nov. 12 – vs Miami (FL)
- Saturday, Nov. 19 – at Georgia Tech
- Saturday, Nov. 26 – at Virginia Tech
Now let me run through the schedule quickly and give my feeling on each game. Richmond should start us off with a victory, while the trip across the country out to Oregon doesn’t bode well for the second game of the season. After that we are at UConn, home against C. Michigan, and at Duke. These are all winnable games, and I’d expect at least a 2-1 record heading into the bye week at 3-2. The next three games will be extremely tough. While I’m optimistic about an upset, I’d project all three as losses.
After the Louisville game there are winnable matchups at Wake Forest and at Georgia Tech, but the Cavs are likely underdogs in their last three games. At this point they’ll need to win three of their last four to automatically qualify for a bowl bid, which seems unlikely given the schedule.
I’ll project the Cavs to win 5 games, but think 3-4 is probably the most likely outcome. This is still a program in rebuilding mode, but I expect their recruiting to continue to improve and turn them into contenders sooner rather than later.