Cavs' running game should win out

Originally Published: October 7, 2004
Scouts, Inc.
Everyone knows Virginia has a good football team. But after beating up on four teams with a combined record of 7-13, the question is how good?

Who: Clemson vs. Virginia (9)
When: Thurs., 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
Where: Charlottesville, Va.
Clemson isn't nearly as talented as it was a season ago, but it also isn't as bad as its 1-3 record might indicate. The Tigers beat a tough Wake Forest team in the opener. Since then, they lost a heartbreaker at home to Georgia Tech and haven't been able to bounce back on the road against Texas A&M and Florida State.

When Virginia has the ball

Virginia eventually should be able to win this football game on the strength of its running game. In what promises to be QB Marques Hagans' toughest test to date as a first-year starter, the Cavs will look to establish a consistent running attack to take the pressure off.