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Gillen's Schedule Gambit

We haven't seen every ACC schedule yet, but Virginia is an early bet to have
the weakest. Check out the non-con opponents:

  • Mount St. Mary's
  • Virginia Tech
  • High Point
  • Minnesota
  • VMI
  • James Madison
  • Loyola Marymount
  • Coastal Carolina
  • Florida A&M
  • Providence

Of these, Tech and Minnesota are basically mandated. Tech is their
in-state rival, and Minnesota is their mandated ACC-Big 10/1 challenge
opponent. If they don't win eight of these games, Gillen is in serious
trouble. He knows that of course. This schedule is designed to get Virginia as close to 20 wins as possible, and to blunt criticism. It could significantly backfire.