With two games already scheduled for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the Virginia Cavaliers and the BYU Cougars have already decided that they want to extend their series in the future. Today, the schools agreed to two more matchups in 2019 and 2020.
The 2019 contest will be played in Charlottesville, Va followed by the 2020 meeting being held in Provo, Utah. The last meeting between the schools was a 38-35 Cougars victory in Charlottesville back in 2000. BYU holds a 2-1 lead in the series overall.
UVA Athletic Director Jon Oliver stated, “The extension of the series with BYU is a reult of our efforts to adjust our non-conference schedule in 2013.” Oliver would also go along to proclaim, “We look forward to the four-game series against a quality football program with a proven track record of success.”
All of these games should be seen as a victory for the Virginia football program. With BYU going to an independent classification recently, their schedule strength should be very tough from year-to-year. An early season victory over the Cougars could prove to go a long way for UVA in 2013.
With games against the Texas Longhorns, Boise State Broncos, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish, among others, anyone who defeats BYU stands to benefit. With no preseason in college football, we consistently see teams beaten in the opening week that go on to have accomplished seasons. That first week of action is always unpredictable.
In an equally as unpredictable Atlantic Coast Conference, the Cavaliers have about just a good a shot as anyone to make it out with a BCS bid. A victory right off the bat against the defending San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl Champions is a good first step in that direction.