Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall is a believer that past lessons are essential to future success. He and the Cavaliers get to see if that's true when they play No. 1 Clemson.
Virginia (1-0, 1-0 ACC) was taken apart, 62-17, by the Tigers last December in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game. Since then Mendenhall has seen his players grow and now comes the measuring stick.
The ACC title game "accelerated our program," Mendenhall said. "It exposed deficiencies. We learned so many things about that setting, that stage, that opponent. We're anxious to learn and apply and improve from what we showed a year ago."