Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cavs continue to look west in scheduling

Virginia announced Monday it will play a home-and-home football series with Boise State in 2015 and 2017.

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Virginia's 2013 football schedule

  • Aug. 31, vs. BYU
  • Sept. 7, vs. Oregon
  • Sept. 14: OPEN
  • Sept. 21: vs. VMI
  • Sept. 28: at Pittsburgh
  • Oct. 5: vs. Ball State
  • Oct. 12: at Maryland
  • Oct. 19: vs. Duke
  • Oct. 26: vs. Georgia Tech
  • Nov. 2: vs. Clemson
  • Nov. 9: at North Carolina
  • Nov. 16: OPEN
  • Nov. 23: at Miami
  • Nov. 30: vs. Virginia Tech

By the time the ACC released its 2013 football schedule at mid-afternoon Monday, Virginia already had moved on to the second half of the decade.

UVa announced at mid-morning that it has added Boise State as a non-conference opponent in 2015 and 2017.

The Broncos will play at Scott Stadium in 2015 before the Cavaliers head to Boise in 2017.

Virginia and Boise have not met previously, although the Cavaliers won't be strangers to Bronco Stadium.

That was the site of the 2004 MPC Computers Bowl, where UVa was a 37-34 loser to Fresno State.

"We're excited to announce this series with a program that has been exceptional over the last decade," executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver said in a prepared statement. "They've done it with great coaching, solid recruiting and a fearless approach to competition.

"We are trying to do the same thing and this will be an incredible challenge as we continue to build our program."

Oliver is a graduate of Boise State, where he played guard on the basketball team, and he later served as an administrator at Washington State before coming to Charlottesville.

Since his arrival, UVa frequently has looked westward, both in its scheduling and some of its hirings. Tony Bennett, UVa's fourth-year men's basketball coach, previously had been the coach at Washington State.

Virginia had a home-and-home football series with Southern Cal in 2008 and 2010, and also has games on the books with UCLA (2014-15) and Stanford (2017-18).

The Cavaliers also announced recently that Oregon, which was No. 2 in the final 2012 college football poll, will be coming to Scott Stadium next season.

Virginia opens the season Aug. 31 at home against Brigham Young, with Oregon due at Scott Stadium the next week.

The Cavaliers will play eight home games for the first time in the program's history.

"With eight home games, our fans can really make a difference," Mike London, who is entering his fourth season as UVa's head football coach, said. "We can't do it without them.

"This is a challenging schedule, but it is the type of schedule I want us to play each and every year."

UVa's road games next year will be at Pittsburgh, Maryland, North Carolina and Miami.

It will be the first meeting between Pittsburgh and Virginia as fellow ACC members and may be the Cavaliers' last trip to Maryland - at least for a while - with the Terrapins headed to the Big Ten in 2014.

Pittsburgh, an ACC newcomer that will be joining Virginia in the Coastal Division, had a two-game home-and-home series with Virginia in 2006-2007.

The Cavaliers will not be playing Atlantic Division members Boston College, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Florida State in 2013.

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