After 12 weeks of workouts and several false starts on the schedule due to COVID-19 chaos, Virginia hopes to finally open its season Saturday against Duke in an Atlantic Coast Conference game in Charlottesville, Va.
The Blue Devils (0-2, 0-2 ACC) have already played two games against Notre Dame and Boston College, whereas the Cavaliers' previously plotted contests against Georgia, VMI and Virginia Tech were all canceled or postponed.
"It's a significant concern," Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said Monday when asked about the discrepancy in real-game experience. "Playing is really the only real feedback and accurate feedback that you get. And after a game, it becomes so much clearer where your team stands, where your position groups are, and who's capable and consistent and finishing plays."