FINAL TCU 27 Virginia 7
The Virginia Cavaliers head into Fort Worth, Texas trying to turn their season around after an abysmal performance in their road opener against Georgia Tech.
Texas Christian, conversely, is trying to continue its roll and justify an early Top 25 ranking with a strong victory over a BCS conference opponent.
Virginia knew that its defense would be a question mark entering 2012—the team's entire first-string secondary is occupied by sophomores. Against the unconventional option attack of Georgia Tech, they looked greener than the grass on the field.
The Cavalier defense has heard all week from defensive coordinator Jim Reid about the 594 yards of offense they allowed last Saturday, 461 of them on the ground.
Perhaps even more concerning was that Virginia's rushing attack could only muster 98 yards on 28 carries. After accruing just 32 yards on the ground the previous week against Penn State, the offensive trademark of 2011 is strangely absent in 2012.
The Cavaliers will have a tall task in trying to stop a TCU team ready to make a statement in their inaugural season in the Big 12.
Horned Frog quarterback Casey Pachall, who threw for 335 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 20-6 win over Kansas, will be testing this inexperienced defense all game long.
Of course, he knows that his team has to avoid silly turnovers like the four fumbles that kept the Jayhawks in contention last week.
The question remains, was the Georgia Tech game an anomaly of a quirky offensive scheme for Virginia or a trend for a disappointing season?
Fortunately, we are about to find out.