Virginia Tech vs. Virginia: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistNovember 28, 2013

Nov 24, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) rushes the ball after Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Mike Moore (32) missed a tackled during the first half at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

As has been the case since 1996, the Virginia Tech Hokies and Virginia Cavaliers will do battle Saturday for the Commonwealth Cup in a rivalry that dates back to 1895.

The Hokies have won nine straight in the series and 13 of the last 14. They enter the matchup with a chance to play in the ACC Championship Game with a win and a Duke loss to North Carolina.

Unfortunately, things have not been positive as of late. The 7-4 Hokies have lost three of their last four—with all losses coming to unranked teams.

Things have been even worse for the 2-9 Cavaliers. They enter on an eight-game skid, and seven of those losses have been by 10 or more points.

The following is everything fans must know about the upcoming rivalry clash.

 

When: Saturday, Nov. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.

Television: ESPNU

Live Stream: ESPN3

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 41.5
  • Spread: Virginia Tech (-13)

 

Hokies Injury Report (via USA Today)

Hokies Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Drew BurnsLB11/09/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutarm
Antone ExumCB11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionableankle
Kyle FullerCB11/18/2013is expected to miss 4-6 weeksOutgroin
Tony GregoryRB08/17/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
Dakota JacksonTE11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionableribs
Ryan MalleckTE08/30/2013will miss the entire seasonOutshoulder
Corey MarshallDT08/22/2013is out indefinitelyOutpersonal
Carlis ParkerWR11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionablegroin
Matt RothDE11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionablehead
Joe St. GermainLS11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionablefoot
Wyatt TellerT11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Questionableundisclosed
Ronny VandykeLB08/17/2013will miss the entire seasonOutshoulder
Devin VandykeLB09/17/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOutknee
USA Today

 

Cavaliers Injury Report (via USA Today)

Cavaliers Injury Report
PlayerPos.DateDetailsStatusInjury
Sean CascaranoOL10/01/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuthip
Ian FryeK10/09/2013is out indefinitelyOuthip
Jack McDonaldT11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia TechQuestionableleg
Demetrious NicholsonCB11/03/2013will miss the remainder of the seasonOuttoe
John PondC11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia TechQuestionableundisclosed
Kelvin RaineyS11/24/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia TechQuestionableundisclosed
Wilfred WaheeCB08/22/2013will miss the entire seasonOutknee
USA Today

Can Logan Thomas Take Care of the Football?

Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies quarterback Logan Thomas (3) is tackled by Maryland Terrapins linebacker Cole Farrand in the fourth quarter. The Terrapins defeated the Hokies 27-24 in overtime at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Remember those losses to unranked opposition I mentioned? Hokies fans can thank senior quarterback Logan Thomas for two of the three.

Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver D.J. Coles (18) celebrates with quarterback Logan Thomas (3) and wide receiver Willie Byrn (82) and running back Trey Edmunds (14) after a touchdown catch in the first quarter at Lane St
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

In a 13-10 loss to Duke, Thomas tossed four interceptions and failed to throw a touchdown. Likewise, in a 34-27 loss to Boston College, Thomas threw a pair of touchdowns and interceptions.

Thomas has thrown multiple interceptions in four games this year to end up with his current line of 15 touchdowns to 12 interceptions and a sub-60 percent completion rate.

The task at hand appears easy for Thomas against a Cavaliers defense that ranks outside the top 100 in the nation with an average of 34.8 points allowed per game. Then again, Thomas threw two interceptions per game against Western Carolina of the Southern Conference and Marshall of C-USA.

Thomas must take care of the football, or this one will be too close for comfort.

 

Prediction

Luckily for Thomas, he may not have to do much for the Hokies to pick up the win.

As iffy as Thomas has looked at times, his defense has been able to bail him out. The Hokies have a top-10 defense that allows an average of 18.5 points per game.

This perfectly sets up the Hokies for a win. The Cavaliers likely have an upset on the mind, but an offense that ranks outside of the top 100 in the nation with an average of 21 points scored per game will find it difficult to score enough to win.

Thomas won't have a perfect game, but the Virginia Tech defense will hold the Cavaliers in check.

 

Final Score: Hokies 21, Cavaliers 14