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Let's see: take twelve true freshman, a quarterback that has never started a college football game, an injured number two receiver and a team that was ranked 10th in the ACC in scoring defense last year.
What do you get?
A team that is vying for an ACC title.
Coach Mike London had a talented team but a very young team across the board. This team had to learn to win and that became obvious early on this season.
Against Indiana, Virginia gagged a 21-point lead before staging a dramatic comeback and surviving a must-win contest on the road.
Against Idaho, Virginia sputtered on offense and needed overtime to escape with a one-point victory.
The Cavaliers could not hold onto the momentum of knocking off previously undefeated Georgia Tech by losing at home to North Carolina State.
Virginia definitely had some low points this season, but the victory at Miami has catapulted their confidence and their game.
Now the boys in blue and orange have won five of their last games and are making plays when they need to.
Whether it was Chase Minnifield's shoestring tackle to save a touchdown against Florida State or Perry Jones being able to escape the Maryland defense twice on a 4th-and-goal, Virginia is finding a way to win.
Last year, Virginia was sixth in rushing offense and 10th in total defense in the ACC.
This year, Virginia is third in both categories and look to be improving by the minute.
In just year two of London's tenure, the Cavaliers have an identity and are having success with it.