CHARLOTTESVILLE, V.A. (WVIR) - The ACC announced today that Virginia's annual showdown with rival Virginia Tech will be a Noon kickoff televised by ABC. That game is on Friday, November 29th.
Virginia controls its own destiny for the ACC Coastal Division championship and a win over Tech would send the 'Hoos to Charlotte for the ACC championship game.
Virginia is coming off a bye week. Coach Bronco Mendenhall said today the team did not talk at all this past week about Virginia Tech or prepare anything specifically for that game.
Mendenhall says the team's sole focus has to be on this week's game against Liberty, because he feels the Flames are very good football team.
Liberty has a record of 6-4 this season. The 'Hoos beat the Flames last season 45-24.
Mendenhall was asked if he thought it would be a challenge this week, keeping his guys focused on Liberty with the Virginia Tech game looming.
"I think it's hard when there's a game of that significance with the implications it has, meaning it is a rivalry game and it is potentially for the Coastal Division championship, until you watch Liberty on film and that's just a quick reality check," says Mendenhall. "When you get into the Liberty work specifically, the rest, there is no time for. It's just interference because of the quality of opponent."
"Liberty is a good team," says UVa receiver Hasise Dubois. "Their offense is very dynamic, they have a pretty good defense as well. You can't go into this game sleeping and thinking you can just walk in a knock them over. They're a good team."
Virginia’s game against Liberty this Saturday at Scott Stadium will be a noon kickoff.