Virginia vs. Pitt: Live Score, Updates and Analysis

Ben GibsonSenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2013

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: Virginia Cavaliers head coach Mike London looks on during the game against the Oregon Ducks at Scott Stadium on September 7, 2013 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Oregon won 59-10. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Halftime Pitt 14 Virginia 0

As the month of September winds down, the ACC season begins for the Virginia Cavaliers as their hopes for a postseason bowl berth are put on the line against the Pitt Panthers.

Through three games, it is hard to make any definitive conclusions about Virginia heading into their first road contest of the 2013 season. A strong defensive performance against BYU led to a surprising victory, but an expected—but nonetheless disappointing—dismantling by Oregon showed big holes to be filled. Virginia is coming off of a lopsided victory over VMI, 49-0, but the Cavaliers cannot take pride in beating a school that has already lost to a D-II program this year.

Virginia's quarterback, David Watford, will need to play perhaps the best game of his career on Saturday if the Cavaliers want to leave victorious. The lack of a vertical passing game has put tremendous pressure on the running game to eke out wins. With five interceptions already, Virginia is ranked 118th in turnover margin and cannot afford to give up a short field in this game.

An inept offense this time around could mean another losing season for the Cavaliers.

As for the Pitt Panthers, their offense is in high gear with a combined 107 points in the past two games. Despite an impressive Virginia defense with emerging stars like Anthony Harris and Eli Harold, Pitt will pose an intimidating threat.

Their signal-caller, Tom Savage, is really the opposite of Watford. Savage is a fifth-year senior who has bounced around schools but has plenty of experience and confidence heading into this weekend.

Can Virginia's defense surprise and help the Cavaliers pull off a strong win?

Will Pitt pick up a needed home win before their showdown with the Hokies next weekend?

We are about to find out!

Related

    Leach's Hoax Tweet Showed Why Bigger Schools Won't Hire Him

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Leach's Hoax Tweet Showed Why Bigger Schools Won't Hire Him

    Dan Wolken
    via USA TODAY

    In a Pinch, UVA Football Turns to Grad Transfers to Fill Out Roster

    UVa Football logo
    UVa Football

    In a Pinch, UVA Football Turns to Grad Transfers to Fill Out Roster

    Mike Barber
    via Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Welcome to Lane Kiffin's Charlie Weis Jr. Experiment

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Welcome to Lane Kiffin's Charlie Weis Jr. Experiment

    Andrea Adelson
    via ESPN.com

    Pitt Lands 9 Commits on Father's Day

    College Football logo
    College Football

    Pitt Lands 9 Commits on Father's Day

    Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports
    via USA TODAY High School Sports