With three more wins, Virginia can clinch the Coastal Division title and play for the ACC championship in Charlotte.
To say that would be a surprise in Mike London’s second season would be an understatement. The fact that Virginia is bowl eligible at this point in itself is worthy of Coach of the Year consideration.
While it is easy and tempting for Virginia fans to look at the possibility that lies ahead, London has made sure those within his program haven’t gotten ahead of themselves heading into the Duke game. When asked on Wednesday about the potential road to Charlotte, London said he didn’t want to be a “killjoy” on the possibility, but that it won’t matter unless the Cavaliers beat Duke on Saturday.
“Outside of a positive outcome, all that talk of the game after, the game after is a moot point,” London said. “For us and our players, we don't look beyond what's immediately in front of us. So we’ve got to take care of a situation where it's a home game, it's a conference opponent. They've been successful. Our guys have been here for three years. They have not experienced winning against them. They're a good football team.
“Like I said, their passing attack is third in the conference,” London said. “To look beyond that, human nature can look beyond it, but to look beyond it as a football team ... Probably the thing I like about this team is they see it out there, but at the same time they're like, ‘Coach, we don't want to get caught in the trappings of what's down the road, we want to take care of the challenges in front of us.’ That will happen this Saturday.”