Both Virginia and Indiana have not made a bowl game since 2007, but that was the Hoosiers first appearance since 1994.
These programs have been relegated to cellar dweller status and neither can afford a loss if they want to get back to winning ways.
The Cavaliers have been awful on the road historically, but they have a clear plan for success in this contest.
Virginia's biggest strength is Indiana's biggest weakness. The Cavaliers have three quality running backs and the Hoosiers have a defense that gave up 210 yards on the ground.
Clearly the plan will be to pound the rock until Indiana submits. Virginia must control the time of possession to quiet the crowd and really keep momentum on their side.
Indiana will try to do the same thing with their schemes, but it should not be enough.
The Cavaliers are simply more talented than Indiana. Maybe not by leaps and bounds but the Cavaliers have enough talent to win the game. They have a system that is two years in place and a blowout victory to their credit two years ago.
These are the kind of games you have to win to turn a program around. Both schools look at this as an opportunity to move their team in the right direction. With the youth on both sides, these freshmen are cocky enough to believe they can change the culture.
If Virginia wants to be taken seriously, they have to win this game. They cannot be afraid to throw the ball with Rocco and they must avoid turnovers.
They proved last week they could do these things, if they can do it again they will keep the Cavalier faithful believing.
Prediction: Virginia 31 Indiana 14