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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. Eastern Michigan

Today will mark the seventh game -- and the seventh different uniform combination -- for the Virginia football team. The Cavaliers are warming up in orange jerseys and white pants, hoping to improve on their 2-4 record over the next few hours against an Eastern Michigan squad that has won once since 2008.

Virginia is the heavy favorite entering this evening's contest, and if all goes as planned for the Cavaliers, they'll enter next weekend's matchup against Miami with some renewed confidence and a small measure of momentum. Virginia ranks No. 11 in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring offense (23.5 ppg), though the Eagles defense has yet to allow fewer than 28 points in a game this season.

Of particular note will be today's attendance. The smallest crowd announced at Scott Stadium since it expanded in 2000 was 41,713 last season against Duke. The last time a Scott Stadium crowd was announced at fewer than 40,000 was during the 1997 campaign, also against Duke (36,600). But the stadium's capacity back then was 40,000; the current capacity is 61,500.

The crowd is pretty sparse right now, but that's typically the case this far in advance of kickoff. We'll see if the pleasant October weather draws people to the game in spite of the underwhelming visiting competition, not to mention the home squad that has struggled mightily of late.

By Steve Yanda  | October 23, 2010; 4:57 PM ET
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