Tale Of The Tape: Virginia vs. William & Mary

After a huge win in Pittsburgh to start the season, Virginia returns to Scott Stadium for the first of three straight home games Friday night at 8 p.m. against William & Mary.

UVA coach Bronco Mendenhall will go up against his predecessor, as Mike London leads his new team into its first road contest.

London replaces longtime Tribe coach Jimmye Laycock, who spent nearly four decades roaming the sidelines in Williamsburg. London will be making his first trip back to Charlottesville after coaching the Cavaliers from 2010-15.

The Tribe (1-0, 0-0 CAA) defeated Lafayette by 13 in their first home opener in 12 years, as true freshman Hollis Mathis set a school record with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Owen Wright added another 63 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as the Tribe totaled 255 yards on the ground against the Leopards.

Kurt Benkert led Virginia to a victory over William & Mary in the 2017 season opener, 28-10, after jumping out to a 14-0 halftime lead. The Cavaliers have taken the last three meetings against W&M, with the Tribe’s last win coming almost exactly a decade ago (26-14 on Sept. 5, 2009) at Scott Stadium.

Tale Of The Tape

The Coaches

UVA — Bronco Mendenhall
4th season at Virginia (17-22); 15th season overall (116-65); Record vs. W&M: 1-0

W&M — Mike London
1st season at W&M (1-0); 11th season overall (63-61); Record vs. UVA: 0-1

The Depth Chart

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Broadcast Information

TV: ACC Network
Announcers: Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Ahmad Brooks (analyst), Kris Budden (sideline)

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

Satellite Radio:
Sirius Channel — 81
XM Channel — 81
Internet Channel — 81

Kickoff Forecast

Mostly clear, 76 degrees

Precipitation — 0%
Wind — 5 mph
Humidity — 61%

The Vegas Take

“The Cavaliers are listed in Vegas as an “extra game” this week as they host FCS opponent William & Mary. Though casinos in town don’t usually come out with the extra game lines before the day of the game, my numbers have Virginia favored between 31-35 points. Prediction: 37-13 UVA.”

— 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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