Tale Of The Tape: No. 23 Virginia Tech at Virginia

Virginia and Virginia Tech will duke it out for the 101st time Friday, with both the ACC Coastal Division title and the Hokies’ 15-game winning streak against the Cavaliers on the line.

The Wahoos (8-3, 5-2 ACC) and their 23rd-ranked bitter rivals to the south (also 8-3, 5-2) have both had a successful month of November, each having won three games in a row, and each side will put everything on the line in Friday’s regular-season finale, which will be televised nationally on ABC.

The winner will claim the division championship and will face Atlantic Division winner Clemson, the No. 3 team in the land, in next weekend’s ACC Championship game in Charlotte.

The Hokies haven’t allowed a single point in the last nine quarters, going all the way back to the end of the third quarter of their Nov. 9 upset of then-ranked Wake Forest. It’ll be longtime defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s final regular-season contest, as he announced his plans to retire at the end of the campaign.

The ‘Hoos would like nothing more than to send Foster out with a loss, end the streak, silence the chatter, and in the process claim the Coastal crown for the first time.

Tale Of The Tape

The Coaches

UVA — Bronco Mendenhall

4th season at Virginia (24-25); 15th season overall (123-68); Record vs. VT: 0-3

VT — Justin Fuente

4th season at VT (33-18); 8th season overall (59-41); Record vs. UVA: 3-0

The Depth Chart

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Coastal Division Standings

Broadcast Information

TV: ABC

Announcers: Dave Flemming (play-by-play), Jim Mora (analyst), Paul Carcaterra (sideline)

Radio: Virginia Sports Network

Announcers: Dave Koehn (play-by-play), Tony Covington (analyst), Jay James (sideline)

Satellite Radio:

Sirius Channel — 84

XM Channel — 84

Internet Channel — 84

Kickoff Forecast

Sunny, 51 degrees

Precipitation — 0%

Wind — 4 mph

Humidity — 43%
(Courtesy AccuWeather)

The Vegas Take

“The Coastal Division and Commonwealth Cup are up for grabs in Friday’s matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and the Virginia Tech Hokies. Both teams are coming in hot, but sharp bettors are favoring the Hokies. This line opened UVA -1 and got hit hard by a few sharp groups to move it to its current number, Va. Tech -2.5. The total has been stagnant at 47-48, as it looks like good weather for this in-state matchup.

My prediction: UVA 27-24.”

— Professional Sports Bettor Anthony Esposito from krackwins.com will give his exclusive analysis and perspective on Virginia’s matchup each week.

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