Four Questions for Virginia Football on the Road in Illinois

As Virginia embarks on its first road trip of the season to Illinois this weekend, the Cavaliers have a lot of questions they’ll need to answer in order to beat the Fighting Illini on Saturday in Champaign. Here are the four biggest questions for the UVA football game in Illinois:

1. Can Virginia stop the race?

After supplementing roster depth at the position with four transfers this offseason, the rebuilt defensive line was supposed to be a strength of Virginia’s defense this season. The Cavaliers didn’t get off to a great start Saturday against Richmond. The stats won’t jump off the page: Richmond had 170 rushing yards on 35 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per rushing attempt. However, the vision test provided much more alarming results. As was the case throughout the 2021 season, there were several running plays in which Richmond running backs got five yards past the line of scrimmage before meeting resistance. UVA has to be more disruptive early on and better at plugging gaps in the running game.

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