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Virginia running back Kevin Parks (25) lunges forward for extra yardage against Virginia Military Institute in Charlottesville on Saturday.
Virginia defensive end Max Valles (88) sacks Pittsburgh quarterback Tom Savage (7) in the second quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
Saturday, October 5, 2013
OFFENSE: EDGE CARDINALS
The Cardinals rank 10th among 123 FBS teams in passing offense behind 6-foot-3, 220-pound senior quarterback Keith Wenning, who has completed 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,650 yards and nine touchdowns. Ball State has scored more than 30 points in four of five games and tallied 27 points in the fifth. Willie Snead, whose father played at UVa, has 35 receptions.
DEFENSE: EDGE CAVALIERS
Only Army failed to score 20 points on Ball State, which ranks 101st nationally in rushing defense and 86th in total defense. Army rushed for 363 yards in a 40-14 loss to the Cardinals, which probably inflated the first of those statistics. However, UVa is coming off one of its finest performances of the four-year Mike London coaching era and now ranks 16th nationally in total defense.
SPECIAL TEAMS: PUSH
London indicated that he would review UVa's return situation after Dominique Terrell botched a series of opportunities at Pittsburgh. The Cavaliers could be without place-kicker Ian Frye, who has handled every field-goal and extra-point this season. Ball State's Scott Secor is 6-for-10 on field goals, but is 1-for-4 from the 40 and beyond. Jamilil Smith has a 90-yard kickoff return.
INTANGIBLES: EDGE CAVALIERS
Virginia has had some teams that might have been inclined to overlook a Mid-American Conference foe, but the Cavaliers were embarrassed last week in a 14-3 loss at Pittsburgh and linebacker Henry Coley has said that today's affair is a "must-win game." Ball State doesn't have a great track record against teams from BCS conferences but did beat Indiana in 2011 and 2012.
PREDICTION: Virginia 24, Ball State 20
-- Doug Doughty, The Roanoke Times
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