Free Week 1 Prediction: Tribe vs Cavaliers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) William & Mary vs. Virginia Cavaliers (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virgina
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The William & Mary Tribe face in state rival, Virginia in a battle for state bragging rights. They play in the FCS and face Virginia as their only FBCS game of the season.
Hopefully this one is close.
Expect jitters from both teams in the beginning.
William & Mary finished last season 5-6 overall and tied for seventh in the Colonial Athletic conference. Virginia ended their year 2-8 overall and 1-7 ranking last in the ACC.
First year Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall is confident his team can turn it around in 2017.
William & Mary Tribe
William & Mary was not a good team last year.
The Tribe missed the FCS playoff again and is showing no signs of becoming a participate any time soon. Word out of the William & Mary camp is that the team has yet to name a starter at quarterback.
Tommy McKee, Brandon Battle and Shon Mitchell are all in the running to start at QB for the Tribe, but the question still remains. Who is the starter for opening day?
With no quarterback decided as the starter, one bright spot for the Tribe is their wide receivers. William & Mary returns six of their top seven receivers from last season, led by Daniel Kuzjak and DeVonte Dedmon.
The William & Mary defense will be led by the secondary in 2017. The group returns to hold teams to less than 155 yards passing per game again this year.
Captain Aaron Swinton will anchor the core while Corey Parker should put up big numbers again at safety.
The Virginia Cavaliers are excited to have first year head coach Bronco Mendenhall leading the program for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers fan base is hopeful Mendenhall can lead the team to a better record than last year’s 2-8 showing.
Everyone around College football is excited for a quick turn around by Mendenhall in Virginia, but that might not be the case this season.
The Cavaliers will start Kurt Benkert at QB again this season. Benkert passed for 2,552 yards and 21 touchdowns last year, but was inconsistent a lot of the time under center.
The Virginia defense was so bad last year, the Cavaliers gave up 37 points to FCS Richmond in last years opening game. The Cavaliers defense ranked 93rd in yards per game, and 99th in points allowed per game in 2016.
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The William & Mary Tribe should not be taken lightly by Virginia in week one. The Tribe are a FCS team, but look at what Richmond did to basically the same Virginia as last year.
The Cavaliers will struggle to score points throughout the game in this one.
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Don’t be surprised if the William & Mary Tribe jump out to an early lead at keep it throughout the game.
Everyone thinks coach Mendenhall will go to Virginia and work the Cavaliers in to a college football playoff team overnight.
That’s easier said than done. Especially with the team he inherited for 2017. Virginia will struggle as in years past to generate offense in this game.
The William &Mary offense will make big plays enough times to keep things close, and pull out the upset win late in the fourth quarter.
William & Mary wins this one.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: William & Mary 13 – Virginia 9
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