2006 Keys to the Game and Matchups to Watch: Virginia Tech vs. Virginia

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State pride is on the line as the rebuilding Virginia Cavaliers visit
Blacksburg to face the resurgent Virginia Tech Hokies. UVA is coming off their
best game of the season in defeating Miami 17-7, while the Hokies have a
five-game winning streak after last week’s impressive defeat of the #14 Wake
Forest Demon Deacons 27-6. Virginia needs this win to become bowl eligible and
salvage a season that had a disappointing start. Virginia Tech needs this win to
have 10 wins and gain a premier bowl slot, preferably to face an SEC team in the
Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta.

Lots riding on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s big rivalry game and the
atmosphere should be electric. Much has been written about UVA’s inability to
play well on the road this season, and many of those problems can be attributed
to youth, particularly the young quarterback Jameel Sewell (#10, 6-3 219,
r-Fr.). Sewell has steadily improved and he is coming off his best game of his
young career, so Wahoo fans are optimistic about his future.

Virginia Tech has also started a rookie quarterback in Sean Glennon, who has
faced the usual ups-and-downs of a new quarterback in a tough defensive league.
Glennon is also coming off his best game of his young career and Hokie fans are
becoming more comfortable with Glennon at the helm. Glennon has also steadily
improved and he is becoming more proficient at reading defenses and making
quicker decisions.

In listening to both coaches talk about the youth of their squads over the
course of the season, I decided to take a closer look at both of the depth
charts to see just how young each of these teams really is. The following table
breaks down the depth charts by class to compare the experience on each team
(note that injured players, such as Ryan Shuman, are still counted as starters):

Virginia Virginia
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