Virginia Betting Odds Preview
Virginia has done the yo-yo thing in its three seasons under head coach Mike London. The Cavaliers went 4-8 in his debut in Charlottesville in 2010, then jumped to 8-5 with a bowl berth in 2011. But last year UVA fell back to 4-8. This year the Cavaliers have plenty of returning starters and can use the products of three straight top-25 recruiting classes to fill holes and upgrade overall talent. However, they'll also have to deal with a fairly nasty schedule, so a return to a bowl is by no means a good bet.
The Cavaliers only had 12 starters back last year, but some experts still thought they had a chance to contend in the ACC's Coastal Division, and at least make a bowl. Instead, UVA struggled on offense and with turnovers, suffered several close losses, and fell two wins short of bowl-eligibility. Virginia started 2-0, with a come-from-behind victory over Penn State, but then lost its next six games, including its first four conference bouts.
The Cavaliers then managed to beat North Carolina State and Miami, but lost their last two to finish at 4-8 overall, just 2-6 in ACC play. They also went just 3-9 ATS, thanks in part to a –14 turnover ratio. So in three seasons under coach London Virginia is 14-23 ATS and -28 on turnovers. This year the Cavs return 16 starters, third-most in the ACC. Nine starters are back on offense, including last year's leading rusher, top two receivers, and four along the offensive line, while seven starters return on defense, including the entire secondary. So Virginia will have to replace its starting QB and four of the defensive front seven.
The Cavaliers will also have to navigate one of the toughest schedules in the league this year. Virginia has home games with BYU, Oregon, Clemson, Georgia Tech, and Virginia Tech, and road games at Pitt, Maryland, North Carolina, and Miami. From afar it looks like the Cavaliers might be favored in as few as four games this season.
ACC Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of July 30
Florida State +240
Virginia Tech +775
North Carolina +850
Georgia Tech +1050
NC State +7000
Boston College +8500
Wake Forest +15000