VIrginia Cavaliers Football: 2015 Season Preview and Prediction

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Nov 28, 2014; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers head coach Mike London in the second quarter at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Final Thoughts and Predictions

Let’s not sugarcoat what is looking like the inevitable: Mike London is going to be fired in January.

In 2013, London led the Cavaliers to a 2-10 season. In 2014, he led the Cavaliers to an only slightly better 5-7 season. Unless he has a magic wand that fixes all problems and turns all players into NFL-ready superstars, London is looking at a three or four-game winning season again in 2015.

Within the first four weeks, Virginia will be facing UCLA (away), Notre Dame (at home), and Boise State (at home). Unless Matt Johns emerges from fall practice a changed and confident quarterback, Virginia will be losing all of those games, meaning they would start their season at 1-3. Despite the losses, these tough opponents will actually be a great opportunity for the defense to develop its identity; comparing and competing against a team better than you are is always better for setting a high personal bar, and Virginia’s defense will benefit from it.

Syracuse and North Carolina, both teams that appear during the middle of the season, are toss ups and all depend on if Virginia’s offense has figured out a viable strategy by this time. However, much like the first weeks of the season, the last three weeks of the season will hit the Cavaliers hard: Louisville, Duke, and Virginia Tech. When it counts the most is when the defense may flag the most, since by this time all players will be weary from all past games of the season and injuries may also be taking a toll.

All in all, Virginia fans should not get their hopes up too much for 2015. And they should brace themselves for a new head coach.

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