Virginia football will look to end its two game skid on Saturday against William and Mary. The Cavaliers are favored in their matchup against the Tribe, but the 'Hoos were also shocked in 2009 when they handed UVa a 26-14 loss in front of a Scott Sadium crowd. So what does Virginia need to do to avoid an upset?
Concentrate on Themselves
How many times have you heard a coach say the team needs to concetrate on themselves and not the opponents? Well thats exactly what the Cavs have to do. Just like Albert Reid pointed out in his press conference on Monday, the 'Hoos will need to play with the same intensity they did against Notre Dame. In 2009 the 'Hoos committed seven turnovers in the loss, the Cavs will need to control the ball and play a clean game against the Tribe.
Matt Johns and Canaan Severin both had career days against the Irish on Saturday, when the 'Hoos and Steve Fairchild seemed to open the playbook and decided to air it out a bit more. UVa needs to carry on with this momentum as they look for that first win.
Establishing the Run
The 'Hoos have struggled on the ground in the first two games of the season. This game is the opportunity for the Wahoos to get the ground game going.
Avoiding Big Plays
There is no doubt the UVa defense has been plagued by big plays. William and Mary has a balanced attack and have the ability to pick up a touchdown of over 20 yards. Senior running back Malik Abdul-Saboor will provide the Tribe with a great weapon on the ground, while wide receivers DeVonte Dedomon, Christian Reeves, and Kevin Hart all have the ablity to extend the field at wide out. Look for UVa's defensive back to lock on those guys on Saturday.
In the end this should be a comfortable win for the Wahoos. The Cavaliers' offense should handle the Tribe and make it a two or three touchdown win.