On Saturday the Panthers will play their seventh game down in Charlottesville, VA carrying with us a 4-2 record to date. We have played two previous ACC matches – a loss to North Carolina and a win last week in Heinz Field against Georgia Tech.
Virginia started off slowly with three straight losses. First to the Richmond Spiders on a surprise upset by the score of 37-20. The next week they played #24 Oregon up in the Great Northwest and dropped that one 44-26.
Then they played an old BE opponent and blew one to UCONN in a close 13-10 match.
But in the last two weeks they righted the ship somewhat – even if it was against weaker opponents; at home they beat Central Michigan 49-35 then went to Duke and beat the Blue Devils 31-20 for their one ACC win.
So what is the Cavalier team all about? here is the listing of standings as far as nation rank in the play categories – ranked ascending:
|Virginia Team Stats – Through games 10/12/2016|
|Red Zone Offense||44||0.889|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||46||0.500|
|Team Passing Efficiency||59||135.96|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||60||0.414|
|First Downs Defense||62||114|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||64||6.20|
|Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game||78||59.40|
|First Downs Offense||85||109|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||93||138.48|
|Time of Possession||100||27:15|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||106||0.375|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||115||0.474|
|Red Zone Defense||117||0.947|
|Passing Yards Allowed||126||309.6|
So you can see that an area of concern that pops out right away is the fact that they have been passing well. This is obviously a main area of concern for Pitt fans as well it should be. Currently we sit at this in the major categories:
|Pitt Team Stats – Through games 10/12/2016|
|Team Passing Efficiency||36||148.83|
|Passing Yards Allowed||124||302.3|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||121||154.57|
But this is old hat stuff and we have already discussed it. So then, what will we do in our running game against them? As it stands their rushing defense is giving up a lot of yards at 162 ypg and allowing other teams to score at a rate of 29.8.
The fact that they can’t run the ball very well helps also. When you can only generate 119.8 ypg on the ground and are going against a team (Pitt) that only allows 98.3 ypg (and that may be inflated due to the GT game) it has to be worrisome.
Here are U Virginia’s individual leaders:
|Punt Avg||Nicholas Conte||226.8|
|Punt Ret Yds||Daniel Hamm||63|
|Tot Off||Kurt Benkert||1,409|
Prediction thread tomorrow.