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.
Live Stream: ESPN3
Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)
- Over/Under: 41.5
- Spread: Virginia Tech (-13)
Hokies Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Drew Burns||LB||11/09/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||arm|
|Antone Exum||CB||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||ankle|
|Kyle Fuller||CB||11/18/2013||is expected to miss 4-6 weeks||Out||groin|
|Tony Gregory||RB||08/17/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
|Dakota Jackson||TE||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||ribs|
|Ryan Malleck||TE||08/30/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||shoulder|
|Corey Marshall||DT||08/22/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||personal|
|Carlis Parker||WR||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||groin|
|Matt Roth||DE||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||head|
|Joe St. Germain||LS||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||foot|
|Wyatt Teller||T||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Ronny Vandyke||LB||08/17/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||shoulder|
|Devin Vandyke||LB||09/17/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||knee|
Cavaliers Injury Report (via USA Today)
|Sean Cascarano||OL||10/01/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||hip|
|Ian Frye||K||10/09/2013||is out indefinitely||Out||hip|
|Jack McDonald||T||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech||Questionable||leg|
|Demetrious Nicholson||CB||11/03/2013||will miss the remainder of the season||Out||toe|
|John Pond||C||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Kelvin Rainey||S||11/24/2013||is questionable for Saturday's game against Virginia Tech||Questionable||undisclosed|
|Wilfred Wahee||CB||08/22/2013||will miss the entire season||Out||knee|
Can Logan Thomas Take Care of the Football?
Remember those losses to unranked opposition I mentioned? Hokies fans can thank senior quarterback Logan Thomas for two of the three.
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.
Which team wins?
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