Long Streaks On The Line in Commonwealth Clash
The UVa football team has lost 14 games in a row against Virginia Tech. The Hokies have played in 25 consecutive bowl games. Both of those streaks could end in the Commonwealth Clash on Friday
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The UVa and Virginia Tech football teams will be playing their biggest game of the season on Friday.
The Cavaliers (7-4, 4-3 ACC) are looking to end a long losing streak against their rivals, while the Hokies need a win for a chance to get to a bowl game again this year.
The last time Virginia Tech lost a game against Virginia, the current senior class was in elementary school.
Hokies senior defensive lineman Ricky Walker says, "This game is my favorite game of the year. There's nothing like playing against those guys up the road. No matter what, they always think that they're better than us, and we just keep on winning and dominating."
Tech has won 14 games in a row against Virginia, and 18 of the last 19, but it's the Cavaliers who are 4.5 point favorites heading into the Commonwealth Clash.
UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "There is no chance we'll be overconfident. There's so much work we have to do in our program, and the things we have to correct. Who's favorite or not means nothing to me. We have a really good opponent to play, in the ACC, on the road, in a rivalry setting, and that alone is challenging enough."
Cavalier quarterback Bryce Perkins injured his leg in the loss at Georgia Tech on Saturday, and he missed a few plays, after getting helped off the field.
While the UVa players aren't talking to the media this week, Perkins found a way to get a message across, but playfully jumping behind offensive coordinator Robert Anae during an interview.
Anae says his players will be ready.
"You coach them the best you can, you get 'em out there, and turn 'em loose, and they compete with each other," says Anae. "We're looking forward to a great atmosphere, and a great opportunity, for an ACC game."
The stakes are different for the Hokies, who need to win to keep their hopes alive of making it to a bowl game for the 26th year in a row.
Virginia Tech head coach Justin Fuente says, "We have an opportunity here, essentially playoff football for us, between this rivalry game, and if we win, we get another game."
Teams need six wins to get to a bowl game, so if Virginia Tech beats Virginia, the Hokies (4-6, 3-4 ACC) will add a game against Marshall on December 1st, to make up for the one that was canceled due to the hurricane earlier this season.
UVa and Virginia Tech will kick off on Friday at 3:30 PM in Blacksburg.