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February 25, 2013

Virginia will play eight at home

After much delay this winter and hand wringing among some fans, the Atlantic Coast Conference on Monday finally released the 2013 football schedules for its 14 member schools.

UVa's schedule includes eight home games among the 12 regular-season contests. It's the first time in school history that the Wahoos will play eight games at home.

"This is a very challenging schedule but it is the type of schedule I want us to play each and every year," head coach Mike London said in a release. "We will have to be our best in every practice and every game. With eight home games, our fans can really make a difference. We can't do it without them."

The Cavaliers open the season with three out-of-conference games, all of which will be played in Scott Stadium. The kickoff for the 2013 season will take place on August 31 when Virginia hosts BYU. The following weekend, on September 7, the Cavaliers will host national powerhouse Oregon.

After a bye week, UVa will host in-state foe VMI on September 21 before opening the ACC portion of its schedule on the road at Pitt on September 28.

From there, the Cavaliers return home for an October 5 matchup with Ball State and travel to Maryland the following Saturday.

Virginia will then host three consecutive league opponents in Charlottesville in Duke (October 19), Georgia Tech (October 26), and Clemson (November 2).

Following a November 9 game at rival North Carolina, the Virginia will have a bye week before the season's final two games: A November 23 game at Miami and the season-finale against arch rival Virginia Tech at home on November 30.

All times are to be announced by the league.

This season, the Cavaliers will not face ACC opponents Boston College, NC State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, or Florida State. The 2013 slate is the first for the ACC with Pittsburgh and Syracuse as conference members.

In all, UVa will face eight teams in 2013 that played in postseason bowl game in 2012 and two teams (Clemson and Oregon) that finished in final Associated Press and USA Today college football polls.

According to the University, UVa will begin spring football practice on March 18 with the annual Orange-Blue Spring Football Scrimmage set for Saturday, April 6.

UVa's opponent/series notes:

BYU (Aug. 31 at Scott Stadium)
The 2013 season opener will be the fourth meeting in the series between the teams. Virginia defeated BYU 22-16 during the 1987 All-American Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. The Cavaliers beat the Cougars 45-40 in Provo, Utah, in 1999 and the following season BYU downed UVa 38-35 in overtime in Charlottesville. The teams are schedule to meet in Provo during the 2014 season. BYU went 8-5 in 2012,including a win against San Diego State in the Poinsettia Bowl. In 2012, the Cougars finished third nationally in both total defense (266.08 ypg.) and scoring defense (14.0 ppg.). They were second in rushing yards allowed (86.92 ypg.). Senior linebacker Kyle Van Noy returns to anchor the defense after finishing fifth nationally with 13 sacks and 22 tackles for loss.

Oregon (Sept. 7 at Scott Stadium)
This will be the first meeting between the two teams and just the fourth meeting between UVa and a Pac-12 opponent. Oregon finished the 2012 season ranked second in both the Associated Press and USA Today college football polls. The Ducks finished 12-1, including a victory in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. It was Oregon's fourth consecutive BCS bowl appearance. Since the 2009 season, the Ducks have produced a record of 46-7. The Cavaliers and Ducks are scheduled to meet again in 2016 in Eugene at Autzen Stadium. Oregon ranked fifth nationally in total offense in 2012 at 537.38 yards per game. The Ducks were second in scoring, averaging 49.54 points per game.

VMI (Sept. 21 at Scott Stadium)
The matchup with the Keydets will be the 83rd meeting in the series that dates back to 1893, the sixth season Virginia fielded a football team. Virginia leads the series 56-23-3 and has won the last nine games between the schools. The teams last met in 2010 when Virginia won 48-7 at Scott Stadium. This year's matchup will be just the second between the schools since the 1991 season. The programs played every year between 1919 and 1970.

Pittsburgh (Sept. 28 at Pittsburgh, Pa.)
The 2013 meeting between Pitt and UVa will mark the first time they have met as ACC opponents. This will be the sixth all-time meeting in the series the Panthers lead 3-2. The teams have not played since 2007 when UVa defeated Pitt 44-14 at Scott Stadium. The teams have met once in the postseason when the Cavaliers handed the Panthers a 23-16 loss at the 2003 Continental Tire Bowl. Pitt is coming off a 6-7 season that saw the Panthers lose to Ole Miss in the BBVA Compass Bowl. Pittsburgh was 17th in total defense in 2012, allowing 330.54 yards per game.

Ball State (Oct. 5 at Scott Stadium)
This will be the first meeting in the series. Ball State went 9-4 in 2012 including a loss to UCF in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl. After starting the 2012 campaign with a 3-3 record, Ball State won six consecutive games to earn its first bowl berth since the2008 season. Ball State's nine regular season victories were the third most in the program's history. The Cardinals finished the season ranked No. 27 in the NCAA statistics for total offense, averaging 457.23 yards per game. Running back Jahwan Edwards rushed for 1,410 yards to finish 22nd nationally in rushing yards per game. Senior quarterback Keith Wenning will enter the 2013 season with 7,254 career rushing yards.

Maryland (Oct. 12 at College Park, Md.)
Maryland and Virginia will meet as ACC foes for the final time in 2013 with the Terps set to join the Big Ten Conference in 2014. This will be the 78th meeting in the series that dates back to 1919. Maryland went 4-8 in 2012, including a 2-6 record in ACC play. Sophomore wide receiver Stefon Diggs was eighth in the nation in all-purpose yards as a freshman, averaging 172.36 per game.

Duke (Oct. 19 at Scott Stadium)
Duke and Virginia will be meeting for the 51st consecutive season. The Cavaliers own the series lead 33-31. Last season the Blue Devils played in their first bowl game since 1995, losing to Cincinnati in the Belk Bowl. Duke finished the season averaging 409.15 yards per game and was ranked 31st in the final NCAA stats with 283.92 passing yards per game. Blue Devil head coach David Cutcliffe was the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year.

Georgia Tech (Oct. 26 at Scott Stadium)
Georgia Tech finished the 2012 season with a 7-7 record, including a 21-7 victory against USC in the Sun Bowl. The Yellow Jackets lost to Florida State 21-15 in the ACC Championship game. Georgia Tech finished fourth nationally and first in the ACC in rushing yardage in 2012, averaging 311.21 yards per game. The series between the two schools is tied at 17-17-1. The teams have met each season since 1982.

Clemson (Nov. 2 at Scott Stadium)
Clemson will be making its first appearance at Scott Stadium since 2008. The Tigers finished 11-2 last season, including a 25-24 victory against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. The Tigers lead the all-time series against UVa 37-8-1. Clemson ranked sixth in scoring offense in 2012, averaging 41.0 points per game. The Tigers' offense finished ninth in the final NCAA stats by averaging 512.69 yards per game. Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd was seven nationally in total offense at 339.23 yards per game while wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was sixth in receiving at 108.08 yards per game.

North Carolina (Nov. 9 at Chapel Hill, N.C.)
The South's oldest college football rivalry will continue on Nov. 9 when UVa travels to Chapel Hill for the 118th game in the series. The Tar Heels finished 8-4 in 2012, but elected not to participate in a postseason bowl game. North Carolina ranked No. 8 in scoring offense in 2012, averaging 40.58 points per game. UNC ranked No. 14 in total offense, averaging 485.58 yards per game. Quarterback Bryn Renner enters his senior season with 6,456 passing yards and 54 touchdown throws.

Miami (Nov. 23 at Miami Gardens, Fla.)
Virginia carries a three-game win streak against the Hurricanes into its 2013 matchup. Miami finished 7-5 in 2012, but elected not to participate in a postseason bowl game. The Hurricanes' freshman running back Duke Johnson was named the ACC's offensive rookie of the year. Quarterback Stephen Morris was 27th in the nation in total offense, averaging 284.58 yards per game. This will be the 11th meeting between the teams with the series tied at 5-5.

Virginia Tech (Nov. 30 at Scott Stadium)
The 2013 matchup will be the 95th in series history. The Hokies went 7-6 in 2012, including a 13-10 victory against Rutgers in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Virginia Tech was 18th in total defense in 2012, allowing 333.15 yards per game. Quarterback Logan Thomas will enter his senior season with 7,111 yards of career total offense, including 6,096 passing yards.

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