It's rivalry weekend, and there is no shortage of storylines. On the Hokies side, Virginia Tech needs one more win for bowl eligibility and to make sure Saturday's game is not Frank Beamer's last game as the Hokies head coach.
On the other hand it's the final game for the UVA this season against their arch in-state rival.
“It’s a big game,” said UVa quarterback Matt Johns, “there’s no hiding that. If you sit here and say we’re going to ignore that, you’d be lying.”
It's no secret both teams might respect each other, but they don't like each other. It simply something that comes with the territory of being a Hokie or a Wahoo. But Virginia senior defensive end Trent Corney was one of the few Cavaliers that needed a crash course on the rivalry.
"I didn't know much about Virginia at all. I didn't even know where Virginia was," he said. “From my knowledge of Canadian hockey, Virginia-Virginia Tech, I’d say it’s a Maple Leafs vs. Canadiens-type of rivalry. And it might even be bigger than that. It’s crazy.”
After 11 years, the 'Hoos are ready to end the losing streak.
"[A win over the Hokies] would mean everything," said UVA wide receiver Canaan Severin. "There's been a lot of guys that weren't able to do it. As a senior, if [the team] is playing for me, I'm playing for the guys that didn't do it. The LaRoy Reynoldses, the Oday Oboushis and Morgan Moseses, [Chris] C-Long and all those guys. I want to get it for all them. I want to be in good company and tell them, `I got this one for you guys.' "
London's Swan Song
This could also very well be Mike London's last game as UVA's head coach.
“All my focus has been on is this game,” London said when asked about his job status. “We’ll talk about the season after the season.”
“We love Coach London,” Johns said. “We’re all here because of Coach London. This university and Coach London are the two main reasons we’re all here. We’re absolutely playing for him, and we love that guy to death.”
Sending Seniors Off Right
Throughout the year, London has continued to praise his senior leaders and their fight.
"When tough times and tough game situations occur they have been able to be the example of leadership." he said. "[The seniors have hung in there from a mental standpoint, from an effort standpoint...There's never been a lack of effort."
And the whole team has come together to make sure this group of seniors' legacy could feature the end of the losing streak.
"We're playing for our seniors. We want them to go our on top, and that's our focus."
"Those guys are my brothers, and they mean everything to me," Johns said. "It's one of those things where these are the guys that I've fought with all along. We've gone through the same journey, and we know how tough it's been. We've been on highs, we've been on lows. We really want to send them out on a high note and it's about those guys this Saturday."
Another Cavalier Honored
Micah Kiser was honored this week after recording a career-high 17 tackles. He was named the ACC Linebacker fo the Week after the win over Duke.
Good news: After missing most of the second half against Duke , UVA wide receiver Severin says he feels healthy and ready to go for Saturday.
Bad news: there is no update to linebacker's Zach Bradshaw's condition. He is not listed on the depth chart, while C.J. Stalker and Mark Hall are listed and Kelvin Rainey could feature in the linebacker role once more.