William & Mary vs Virginia Live, Virginia will square off against William & Mary at 8 p.m. ET on Friday at David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium. The teams both come into the game bolstered by wins in their previous games.
It’s GAME DAY, ‘HOOS! Get excited for Virginia’s home opener tonight against William & Mary, which also marks Mike London’s return to Scott Stadium for the first time since Bronco Mendenhall took over the Virginia Cavaliers. Week 1 saw a big win over Pitt and the team hopes to get off to a 2–0 start with a win this weekend. Here are a few reads to get you ready for Friday night under the lights.
Virginia gets a Friday night matchup in Week 2 against William & Mary and it should be a nice warmup for the Cavaliers as they prepare to face Florida State in Week 3. Will the Cavaliers take care of business against the Tribe or will the focus be too much on the Seminoles that they overlook William & Mary? On paper, this is an easy win for Virginia and it should cruise to victory, but that’s why they play the games.
How To Watch
When: Friday at 8 p.m. ET
Where: David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium, Virginia
TV: ACC Network
Tribe players will also be returning home this weekend, including offensive lineman Mark Williamson, who grew up attending games in Scott Stadium to cheer on his favorite team, the University of Virginia.
“I’ve definitely been looking forward to this game for a long time,” Williamson said. “It’s been circled on my calendar probably since the last time I was there, so this game does mean a lot to me, but I know I need to stay grounded as well as all of my teammates know that we need to stay grounded, keep our eyes on the prize here.
Virginia, the heavy favorite, is 92-30-7 all-time in home openers, and has a 29-6-1 edge in the all-time series with William & Mary. The Tribe’s last win in the series was in 2009, when they beat the Cavaliers 26-14 at Scott Stadium.
William & Mary has a bit of a quarterback issue. Hollis Mathis, the projected QB1, had just 66 yards on 6-of-13 completions but he did rush for 127 yards and a score, leading the Tribe against Lafayette in Week 1. But he’s not going to be able to take off and run with ease against a defense like Virginia’s.
Backup quarterback Kilton Anderson had 100 yards passing on 4-of-8 completions and had the big-play throws, but neither is truly competent enough to give Virginia’s secondary problems.
The Tribe will have another lackluster performance through the air, passing for under 100 total yards while completing less than 50 percent of their passes. The two-quarterback system can only work against certain teams and Virginia is not one of them.
Anderson and Mathis are going to find it tough sledding to try and reach the end zone through the air against the Cavaliers.
Safety Joey Blount is going to be one of the key Virginia players to look out for. He is one of the most versatile safeties in the ACC and if he puts on the same performance he had against Pittsburgh, it could be lights out for the W&M offense.
The Virginia Cavaliers got their 2019 season off to a great start as the Cavaliers won their first game against a conference opponent no less.