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Gameday is here. Virginia will finish the day either .500 or fall to 2-4, which might be too tough to dig out of to reach a bowl game. Onto the morning stories...

A story digging deeper into one of the most-debated issues about Virginia football: whether the school's academic standards hurt the Cavaliers. To find our detailed breakdown of the game, check Saturday's gameday preview.

Virginia has been hot of late, but the streak will mean little if the Cavaliers cannot notch their third straight win. It's likely going to be an ugly day, so it helps that Virginia can rely on its defense.

It will be interesting to see whether Mikell Simpson plays, and if he does not, who replaces him. Many of the Virginia and Maryland players know each other.

Here's a piece from Penn State's student paper looking into coaches with NFL backgrounds, including Al Groh.

Maryland's Cameron Chism will return to the field after a difficult week. Find all your Maryland updates at Terrapins Insider.

Basketball practices started last night. Cavaliers Journal will be your place during the next few weeks to look in depth at some of the issues of the team. Reporters were closed out of the first practice, but Jeff White was allowed in, and observed an emphasis on defense.

Finally, Virginia fans might remember this Chris Long sack against Maryland two seasons ago...

By Zach Berman  |  October 17, 2009; 9:42 AM ET
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