The Virginia Cavaliers entered the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl with stability, having locked up head coach Mike London to a contract extension and secured their best record in five years. The Auburn Tigers are a team in sudden turmoil, losing offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn and possibly prime offensive weapon Michael Dyer. So far, things are playing out according to the storyline, with Michael Rocco striking Kris Burd deep down the middle to give the Hoos a 7-0 lead.
The Cavs have looked to be the better squad on all three drives so far. On the first, a pair of third-down conversions pushed UVa into Auburn territory, with a wounded punt somehow luring Quan Bray into a return attempt near his own goal line. Clint Moseley was brought down near the goal, then underfired his target on third down. Onward.
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Though the schools' colors are similar and the Dome's red seats just look like more orange shirts, I feel confident in asserting there are many more Auburn fans here than there are Virginia fans. In case you'd like to know that sort of thing.