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2022 Virginia Cavaliers Betting Odds, Picks & Predictions

2022 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS BETTING ODDS, PREDICTIONS, PREVIEW

It was a pretty so-so season for Virginia last season, going 4-4 in the conference, and 6-6 overall. Head coach Bronco Mendenhall elected to hang up his whistle, retiring after an illustrious career. The Hoos hired former Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott to lead Virginia into a new era of football in 2022 and beyond.

The good news for Elliott is that QB Brennan Armstrong is back for his fifth season in Charlottesville. He posted single-season school records with 4,444 passing yards, 4,700 total yards of offense, 326 completions and an impressive 31 passing touchdowns. He didn't have many miscues, and he was able to score nine rushing touchdowns, too.

The bad news for UVA is that Armstrong might be running for his life. Three offensive linemen elected to transfer to other programs, and only one O-lineman is back with any modicum of experience. The O-line issues and the coaching regime change was enough for RB Wayne Taulapapa, as he elected to bounce for Washington in the Pac-12. That likely leaves a trio of RBs Amaad Foston, Mike Hollins or Ronnie Walker, Jr. to try and pick up the slack.

The defense needs to be much, much better in 2022, too. The offense held its own and was upper-tier in the ACC. The defense was terrible, and it's up to new DC John Rudzinski to turn things around in a hurry. This team allowed a dismal 31.8 PPG to rank 104th in the country. The pass rush and secondary are inexperienced, and might be the Achilles' heel of the team again.

The good news is that the non-conference schedule, and early portion of the conference slate is pretty favorable. It's not hard to envision UVA going 5-0 in the first five games. They likely will be 4-1, losing one of the three road games to start. UVA misses Clemson, NC State and Wake Forest, which is tremendous news, and they get UNC in the South's oldest rivalry at Scott Stadium in early November. The schedule sets up for good things, but the defense is a huge concern again. Seven wins is likely the ceiling here, so look to the UNDER.

Best Bet: Virginia Under 7.5 Wins (-130)

2022 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS SCHEDULE

  • Sat., Sept. 3 - vs. Richmond
  • Sat., Sept. 10 - at Illinois
  • Sat., Sept. 17 - vs. Old Dominion
  • Fri., Sept. 23 - at Syracuse
  • Sat., Oct. 1 - at Duke
  • Sat., Oct. 8 - vs. Louisville
  • Thu., Oct. 20 - at Georgia Tech
  • Sat., Oct. 29 - vs. Miami-Florida
  • Sat., Nov. 5 - vs. UNC
  • Sat., Nov. 12 - vs. Pittsburgh
  • Sat., Nov. 19 - vs. Coastal Carolina
  • Sat., Nov. 26 - at Virginia Tech

WIN TOTAL ODDS

  • Over 7.5 (+100)
  • Under 7.5 (-130)

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS ODDS TO WIN ACC CHAMPIONSHIP

+2500

The Hoos have the offense to compete for a division title in the Coastal, but the defense will likely keep them in the bottom half of the standings. It isn't even worth a small-unit wager to play Virginia, as even if the D is able to jell, it's unlikely this team vaults Miami, UNC, Pitt or rival Virginia Tech.

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS ODDS TO WIN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

+40000

Tiki Barber or Thomas Jones aren't walking through that door. Herman Moore, Alvin Pearman or Olamide Zaccheaus aren't walking through that door. And even if they did, the Hoos didn't tick off national championships, or anything close to it, during the halcyon days of Virginia football. The last 10-win season was in 1989, and that's the only one in school history. This team has lost four or more games in 23 consecutive seasons, and three or more games in 37 straight years. In other words, Virginia hasn't been close to winning a natty, and it likely never will be, either.

QB Brennan Armstrong was not the problem for UVA in 2021. (Getty Images)

VIRGINIA CAVALIERS 2022 HEISMAN CONTENDERS & ODDS

Brennan Armstrong (QB) +5000

Armstrong has the tools to be a top-flight quarterback in the country, and he might end up being one of the better quarterbacks to ever matriculate in Charlottesville. In addition, this might not be it, as many feel he could have a future in the NFL. But he has some personnel issues around him, namely on the offensive line, and the better bet would be taking Armstrong to miss at least a game or two due to injury.

2021 VIRGINIA CAVALIERS BETTING RESULTS

  • SU: 6-6
  • ATS: 7-5
  • O/U: 4-8
  • ATS-Home: 4-3
  • ATS-Road: 3-2
  • ATS-Favorite: 4-2
  • ATS-Underdog: 3-3

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