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2008 Virginia Cavaliers Football Preview

2008 Virginia Cavaliers season preview from Maddux Sports. Below you can find our official Virginia Cavaliers football preview as well as the 2008 Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule. When betting on college football against the bookmakers odds dont dismiss our NCAA football picks to help build your bankroll this year.

Coach: Al Groh (8th year at Virginia)
Team Name: Cavaliers
2007 Overall Record: 9-4
Returning Starters: 11

The Cavaliers of Virginia (9-4 overall, 6-2 ACC) were second in the Coastal division of the ACC. They went to the Gator Bowl where they met and lost to Texas Tech 28-31. This team has a decent chance of capturing another bowl invite in 2008.

Academic problems have taken QB Jameel Sewell away from the team, which means that sophomore Peter Lalich will most likely get the start. The offensive line needs to step up and protect their QB and breakout their running backs. If they do, then the Virginia quarterback and rushers will do well. TB Cedric Peerman (113 CAR, 585 YDS, 5 TDs) leads a deep running unit. WR junior Kevin Ogletree, who missed the 2007 season due to injury, is back and should make a difference.

Last season, the defense proved to be effective against the run, ranking 13th versus the rush and 16th in points allowed. But the frontline has been decimated. This unit will be taxed and tested. The linebacking squad returns senior OLB Clint Sintim (9 sacks) and ILB Jon Copper (109 tackles, 56 solo). This is a solid group. The secondary has also suffered important loses. Senior Byron Glaspy at SS and junior Vic Hall at CB bring starting chops to this squad.

One win is assured when Virginia meets Richmond on September 6. Seven to eight loses and three tossups add up to this team’s 2008 season. September 20 versus Duke, October 11 against East Carolina and October 25 with Georgia Tech are all swing contests. The Cavs have a tough schedule that will take its toll on the team.

In seven years at Virginia, coach Al Groh is 51-37. Last season, his team won a slew of close games, including a 17-16 win over Wake Forest and an 18-17 victory over Maryland. Can the Cavs post a winning record again and a 6-2 ACC mark? Important loses, thinning reserves and inexperienced players all say that this club will finish out of the money in 2008. Still, they have to play every game and the Cavaliers may once again be the Cinderella team of the ACC.

Virginia Cavaliers Football Schedule

Date
Opponent
Home/Away
Aug 30
USC
Home
Sep 6
Richmond
Home
Sep 13
Connecticut
Away
Sep 27
Duke
Away
Oct 4
Maryland
Home
Oct 11
East Carolina
Home
Oct 18
North Carolina
Home
Oct 25
Georgia Tech
Away
Nov 1
Miami Fla
Home
Nov 8
Wake Forest
Away
Nov 22
Clemson
Home
Nov 29
Virginia Tech
Away

 

For more info on the 2008 Virginia Cavaliers football program, view the Cavaliers sports website or scroll down below to read up on the rest of the ACC foes.

 

2008 ACC Football Team Previews

All teams from the ACC Coastal & Atlantic divisions are listed to the right. Clicking on the team link will give the individual preview. For all other teams visit the 2008 college football preview page.

At any time you may return to the Atlantic Coast Conference Preview page for our order of finish. Will Virginia Tech continue to dominate? Is Butch Davis ready to turn around the Tar Heels? Can Clemson ride Davis and Spiller to the title game? All questions are answered.


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