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Poll: How will Virginia fare against No. 22 Miami?

"It's always a big deal when you're on television, particularly, you know, the package that the ACC has with ESPN. And being nationally televised, you're going to be auditioning for or playing in front of potential prospects that you've been writing or calling. And now they get a chance to see you up close and personal in terms of watching you on TV. And having a good showing, being competitive, can only help you. On the other side, if you're not very comptetitive and you don't do well, then it may hurt you."

-- Virginia Coach Mike London

For obvious reasons, Virginia football games have not been broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 too frequently in recent seasons. Since 2006, the Cavaliers have played on one of those two channels eight times, including twice last season when the team went 3-9.

So for London -- in his first year at the helm -- and the Cavaliers (3-4, 0-3 ACC), Saturday does indeed represent a significant opportunity in front of a national audience to display where the program is and provide glimpses of the direction in which it is heading. Virginia's game against Miami (5-2, 3-1) will be broadcast on ESPN.

The Cavaliers have not defeated Miami since pounding the Hurricanes, 48-0, in 2007 in the final game at the Orange Bowl. A victory Saturday would provide London his first ACC win as Virginia's head coach.

How do you think Saturday's game will play out? Feel free to expand on your choice in the comments section below and/or email me your thoughts at yandas@washpost.com.

By Steve Yanda  | October 29, 2010; 7:38 AM ET
Categories:  Football  
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