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Live from the L.A. Coliseum, it's almost time for Virginia-USC

In its first game ever in the state of California, the Virginia football program will take on No. 16 Southern California in a little less than three hours. The only other time the Cavaliers played a game on the West Coast was exactly 34 years ago. On Sept. 11, 1976, Virginia defeated Washington, 38-17.

As for today's contest, sophomore tight end Colter Phillips, who recently lost his father in an Alaska plane crash, has been chosen to carry out the American flag when the Cavaliers take the field this evening. His mother, Janet, and his 13-year-old brother, Willy, will be in attendance. They've been invited to spend some time during the game in the private box of Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage. At halftime, Janet and Willy will dash to the Rose Bowl, where eldest son Andrew Phillips and Stanford will be squaring off against UCLA.

The Trojans have won their past 12 home openers and their past 31 night games at the Coliseum. Virginia, on the other hand, has not won a road opener since 2005 when it won at Syracuse, 27-24. Tonight's game marks the Cavaliers' first road opener against a ranked opponent since they took on then-No. 5 Florida State in Talahassee on Aug. 31, 2002.

It's been a crazy day for the ACC so far. No. 13 Virginia Tech lost to 1-AA James Madison. No. 15 Georgia Tech lost to Kansas. No. 10 Oklahoma crushed No. 17 Florida State. And No. 2 Ohio State put away No. 12 Miami. What does it all mean for Virginia? Who knows? We'll find out in a few hours.

By Steve Yanda  |  September 11, 2010; 7:39 PM ET
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Go Dukes!!!

Posted by: sagerjf | September 11, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

This UVA team looks pretty good. They could have scored more points, and their D looks solid. I think they'll do well in the ACC for sure.

Posted by: BostonTrojan | September 12, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Respectable half but I can't understand why you'd sneak Verica instead of handing it to Payne.

Good effort against a vastly superior squad. Hope the 2nd half is as good.

Posted by: Hoo34 | September 12, 2010 12:14 AM | Report abuse

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