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No. 48: Virginia

Here’s one thing to love about Mike London: he’s not intimidated by expectations. When told that most expected Virginia to finish last in the Coastal division heading into 2010, London replied, “We’ve got ‘em right where we want ‘em.” Throughout last season, as the Cavaliers added narrow upon narrow win to reach bowl play, London never seemed surprised by his team’s success; it was merely part of the “process,” which is one of his favorite words. This process continues in 2012, with a slight change. Instead of sneaking up on the A.C.C., Virginia will be expected to battle Virginia Tech for not only in-state supremacy but also a spot in the conference title game. The Al Groh-era teams, based on history, would have failed to reach these lofty expectations. Even if it’s too early to anoint Virginia as the league’s next in line, we can say one thing with certainty about these Cavaliers: they won’t shy away from the challenge.

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    The Year in Review: Virginia (8-4, 5-3)

    Virginia brought Jimbo Fisher to his knees. Crumpling to his knees, to be exact: Fisher fell, head in hands, devastated, defeated. The Cavaliers had this effect on people — and teams — in 2011, Mike London’s second year with the program. Slippery eels, these Cavaliers, and unpredictable. Georgia Tech saw a team that barely escaped Idaho in overtime and licked its lips; Virginia derailed the then-undefeated Yellow Jackets, perhaps convincing this team that it could hang with the A.C.C.’s elite. Two weeks later, the Cavaliers broke Miami’s will. Three weeks after that, Fisher fell to his knees. Heading into the final weekend of the season, the Cavaliers controlled their Coastal division fate.

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      The Countdown

      A bottom-to-top assessment of the F.B.S. landscape heading into the 2012 season.