The return of Bronco Mendenhall. If this season was four years ago there would be a lot rivalry and resentment towards the former coach, but both teams have moved on, and BYU fans should give a warm welcome to the Mendenhall who led the Cougars to many memorable and great seasons.
This game should be an interesting matchup as Virginia continues to try to build themselves up as a real contender in the ACC. The Cavaliers appeared to be heading that way improving themselves every year from 2016-2019 with an appearance in the Orange Bowl. Last year the team took a step back finishing 5-5 with a 4-5 record in the ACC.
The interesting thing about last year was that the Cavaliers only had two games decided by one score. Every other game was either a blowout win or loss.
Outside of a good win against North Carolina, Virginia struggled against good teams. Brennan Armstrong, UVA’s quarterback was really good when healthy throwing for 18 TD’s, 2117 yards passing and 552 yards rushing in nine games. His one weakness is his touchdown/interception ratio. In games not against FCS opponents, Armstong threw 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. BYU will have to capitalize on those opportunities.
The most concerning aspect to this game is that Virginia likely will be coming off a three game winning streak with games against Louisville, Duke and Georgia Tech.
In the end, BYU’s offense will be too much for Virginia’s defense who gave up 6.39 yards per play last season and ranked 96th in the country in yards given up per game. BYU’s defense should be able to contain Armstrong’s mobility with their linebackers and secondary matching up very well with the Cavalier offense.