Pressure may be mounting ona bit after the step back that was last year's 4-8 campaign, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the Cavaliers' non-conference schedule, which includes games against BYU and Oregon. Virginia has new coordinators on both sides of the ball, and as unfortunate circumstances would have it, a new starting quarterback. It's tough to imagine a big bounce-back year for London given all of that turnover.
2013 Virginia schedule
Projections from Football Outsiders' 2013 college football almanac.
Mike Rocco and Phillip Sims, who combined to attempt 469 of the team's 474 passes a season ago, are no longer with the program. Rocco transferred out and Sims was an academic casualty, leaving Virginia with precious little experience at the position. And the Cavaliers are stepping right on into the fire -- the BYU and Oregon games are the first two on the slate.
Virginia also does not have an easy path through ACC play; the Cavaliers' five-game stretch to end the season is about as tough as it gets in this league. It begins with Georgia Tech, followed by games against Clemson, North Carolina, Miami and Virginia Tech. UVA does get three of them at home, but if it needs to pick up several wins during this span in order to get bowl eligible, that will be a lot to ask.
All told, the Cavs have eight opponents projected to be top 35 teams by Football Outsiders' F/+ metric. It makes the stretch in early October -- Ball State, Maryland, Duke -- absolutely critical to the fate of their season. They may need wins in all three to improve on 4-8.