June 15, 2021
2021 Virginia Cavaliers Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
Virginia had a very strange season in 2020, ending up level with five victories in 10 contests. They started the campaign with a victory over Duke by 18 points. They then lost to Clemson, which isn't terrible, but they also saw starting QB Brennan Armstrong suffer an injury against the Tigers. That kicked off a four-game losing streak, including a 19-14 loss at Miami once Armstrong was able to return.
On Halloween, they showed they could play with anybody in the nation, upending a ranked North Carolina team at Scott Stadium, and the Hoos proceeded to rattle off four straight victories to get over .500. They suffered a disappointing 33-15 loss at Virginia Tech on Dec. 12, and they opted out of a bowl game, ending its season.
Remember, this UVA team won the Coastal Division in 2019, and injuries were a major reason for the backslide last season. Despite missing a couple of games due to injury, Armstrong still managed to finish third in the league with 296.6 total yards per game, and he'll have four of five starters back along the O-line to protect him. That's the good news. The bad news is one of his receivers, WR Lavel Davis Jr., went down with a torn ACL in the spring. That provides a big chance for WR Artie Henry, who comes over through the portal with TE Jelani Woods. WR Billy Kemp IV is also back, so the Cavaliers have some skill position players who can make noise.
Virginia also has a couple of studs on defense, as LB Nick Johnson might be one of the more underrated players in the league, and LB Noah Taylor has the chance to make big strides. CBs Josh Hayes and Anthony Johnson come to the program as transfers, shoring up the secondary.
UVA should start off with a win over FCS William & Mary, or else it's going to be a long season. Game No. 2 is winnable before the ACC opener on the road at UNC. A second straight upset of the Heels is unlikely, especially in their place. The biggest measuring stick game might be Sept. 24 against Wake Forest. A loss there likely means three straight setbacks, as a loss in Miami on Sept. 30, a Thursday night game, is likely.
The second half of the schedule features winnable games against even or lesser talent in a three-game stretch at Louisville Oct. 9, and home to Duke and Georgia Tech the next two weeks. The Hoos step out of conference Oct. 30 to take on BYU, a team which lost QB Zach Wilson to the NFL, so that might not be as scary. But the next game is a home date with Notre Dame, before a trip to Pitt and a home date with rival Virginia Tech in its traditional spot.
There are going to be some bright spots for this Cavaliers team, and some losses. In fact, it wouldn't be shocking to see them go .500 barring an unlikely upset like they had against UNC last season. That's what the books are thinking, too. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall gets the most out of his players, though, and the lean here would be to OVER 6, just play it lightly.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 6 -134
2021 Virginia Cavaliers Schedule
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Virginia Odds to win 2021 ACC Championship
Virginia pulled off the Coastal Division title in 2019 with a jumbled up group of teams, but they slid back in 2020 due to injuries and shaky defense. This team isn't likely to compete for the top spot, which should belong to North Carolina or Miami. This is a middling team, or perhaps even a fifth- or sixth-place side in the Coastal.
Virginia Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
Aaron Brooks or Matt Schaub isn't walking through that door. Thomas Jones or Tiki Barber isn't walking through that door. Herman Moore or Olamide Zaccheaus isn't walking through that door. Even then, those former UVA standouts didn't exactly propel the Cavaliers to the precipice of national dominance. Nothing to see here.
2020 Virginia Cavaliers Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Virginia Cavaliers
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