With bowl eligibility off the table, the Virginia football team is finding its motviation elsewhere. The Cavaliers finish off the season against Duke and Virginia Tech at home, and according to Ross Burbank the motivation for wins is simple.
“If there’s two teams left on our schedule that we would love to beat, it is Duke and Virginia Tech,” Burbank said. “It definitely adds a little bit of an edge to the end of the season, especially with us not being bowl eligible.
“I think having those two games is definitely a motivator for us finishing out.”
The Elephant in the Room
It's been there all season long, but the the Cavs no longer bowl eligible Mike London's seat is only hotter. The UVA Head Coach was asked about his future on Monday, but he simply put it aside.
“The biggest thing right now for me is dealing with focusing on the opportunities for these seniors,” London said when asked if he had given any thought to what his future could hold. “I never think about myself. It’s just always to think about the players and what’s good for them.”
For the players it's about keeping a positive attitude, while fighting for the man that has led you the last few years.
"Anytime the guy brought you in out of high school, recruited you and gave you a chance to come here, you don’t stick your head in the sand to what’s happening around us,” Burbank said.
“It’s just a lot of noise. Coaches talk a lot about that, drowning out the noise. I feel like that’s one of the things we have done well this season.”
Another Honor for Canaan Severin
For the second time this season Virginia wide receiver Canaan Severin was named the ACC receiver of the week. Severin had 118-yards, three touchdowns on six receptions against Louisville. This is the first time a Wahoo wide receiver had three touchdowns in a game since Tyrone Davis in 1994.
Severin also picked up the weekly honor after UVA's game against Notre Dame.
Zach Bradshaw is still questionable for the Cavaliers, after leaving the game against Louisville. Bradshaw remains on the depth chart, however.
Although linebacker Mark Hall is not listed on the two deep this week, London told reporters on Monday that he is cleared to play on Saturday, which means Hall could see more minutes especially if Bradshaw is out. Another linebacker who could see more minutes is C.J. Stalker.
Connor Wingo-Reeves is still not listed on the depth chart; he did not play against Louisville for medical reasons.