The Virginia Cavaliers got off to a good start in 2012 with a 43-19 win over Richmond, and the reward for the third straight opening victory under head coach Mike London is a showdown with the Nittany Lions of Penn State.
When these two team last played in Charlottesville in 2001, the entire landscape of college football was different. Virgina's upset of the top-25 Nittany Lions catapulted the program to a 9-5 record and second place ACC finish in 2002.
This time around, Penn State is the one looking for the springboard victory after a humbling loss to the Ohio Bobcats. Coach Bill O'Brien and the boys know that their season could hinge on this game—a victory puts them back on track but a loss will throw them deeper into the cellar.
So what does Virginia have to do to rise above all the drama surrounding the Penn State program and come away with a 2-0 start to 2012?
Here are some suggestions.