Live from Scott Stadium: North Carolina vs. Virginia
Hello, everyone. It's a brisk day here in Charlottesville on homecoming weekend. The Cavaliers (2-3, 0-2 ACC) will wear orange jerseys and orange pants Saturday when they take on North Carolina (3-2, 1-1).
Virginia hasn't lost to North Carolina at home since 1981, a streak of 14 straight games. That mark will be put to the test today, as the Tar Heels possess one of the most improved players in the ACC -- quarterback T.J. Yates -- and a defense that has remained solid despite the losses of several key components to internal and NCAA investigations that stemmed from an agent scandal.
A quick start offensively will be paramount for the Cavaliers, who have struggled to compile points and yardage in the first halves of recent games. Complicating that task is uncertainty surrounding the availability of senior wide receiver Dontrelle Inman (ankle), who was listed as questionable on the injury report the team released Thursday. Inman is the team's second leading receiver, and if he is limited today, expect to see a lot more of junior wideout Matt Snyder.
Defensively, Virginia will have one more target to worry about. North Carolina announced Thursday that tailback Ryan Houston -- its leading rusher in 2009 -- has been cleared to play against Cavaliers after previously being wrapped up in the previously mentioned agent scandal. Houston will team up with Johnny White to form a potent tailback tandem in the Tar Heels' backfield. Virginia is allowing 210 rushing yards per game, which ranks last in the ACC and No. 109 in the nation.
Also, for those of you who were wondering, Eastern Michigan defeated Ball State, 41-38, in overtime Saturday for its first win since 2008. So, look out. The Eagles will be riding into Scott Stadium next weekend on a (relatively) huge wave of momentum.
| October 16, 2010; 4:29 PM ET
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