1. Both Sides
Virginia has won a game by 49 points this year (49-0 to VMI), and also lost a game by 49 points this year (59-10 to Oregon). Not sure many teams can say that.
2. Second-Half Defense
Georgia Tech's defense has given up a cumulative of 38* points after halftime in their last 9 games. Virginia's defense gave up 35 points after halftime to Duke last week.
* This does not include interceptions or fumbles returned for touchdowns.
3. Similar Fates
Virginia's defense gave up 187 yards rushing to BYU. Georgia Tech's defense gave up 189 yards rushing to BYU.
4. Major Strength of Schedule
The 6 FBS teams Virginia has played so far have an average of 5.5 wins thus far. The 5 FBS teams Virginia has left to play currently has an average of 5.6 wins -- and that's including 1-win North Carolina.
5. Scoring Issues
Virginia has scored 28 points in a game once this season. Georgia Tech has scored 28 points in 5 out of 7 games.
6. Busy Punters
Virginia is tied for fourth nationally in punts with 50 attempts. To compare, Georgia Tech has punted 23 times, good for 110th nationally. (Thanks to Matt Mills for the heads-up on this one.)
7. Less-Than Impenetrable
Virginia is allowing 1.86 sacks per game, tied for 60th nationally.
8. Quarterback Play
Virginia starting quarterback David Watford has thrown 5 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He also attempts 9.4 carries per game and has scored 2 rushing touchdowns.
9. Coaching Struggles
Mike London is in his 4th season at Virginia, where he has a composite 18-26 record. His only bowl appearance was a 2011 Chik-fil-A Bowl loss to then-defending national champion Auburn.
Mike London has signed 3 recruiting classes and is currently putting together his fourth. He has signed a combined 13 Rivals 4-star and 5-star players, and has another 3 commitments already this year, including 5-star DB Quin Blanding and 5-star DT Andrew Brown. The last three years, their recruiting classes have been ranked #25, #27, and #28, respectively.
Does any of this change your perspective on the game this weekend?