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Live from Scott Stadium: Virginia vs. No. 22 Miami

It's been more than a year since Virginia defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent and more than two years since the Cavaliers took down a ranked Division 1-A foe. Should Virginia end both of those streaks today against No. 22 Miami, the Cavaliers would provide first-year Coach Mike London with the first milestone victory of his tenure at the helm here in Charlottesville.

Miami has won the last two games in this series. The Hurricanes claimed a 52-17 victory last season in Florida. In four tries, Virginia has never defeated a ranked Miami team.

One of the key matchups to watch today will be between Virginia quarterback Marc Verica and Miami quarterback Jacory Harris. The guess here is that whichever one of those two has a better performance, their team will win. Both guys have shown a tendency to make questionable -- at best -- decisions throwing the ball this season.

If Miami's defense slips through a reshuffled Virginia offensive line and gets in Verica's face early, it could be a long day. Likewise, if the Cavaliers can suddenly find some semblance of a pass rush -- other than from defensive end Cam Johnson -- Harris is likely to throw an interception or two.

By Steve Yanda  | October 30, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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