- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

Virginia (4-5, 2-3 ACC) at No. 2 Florida State (8-0, 5-0 ACC), 6:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN)

Line: Florida State by 18.

Series: Florida State leads 14-3.


Virginia is on the ropes with a coach firmly on a seat that’s getting warmer with each loss. The Cavaliers started the season 4-2, including wins against Louisville and Pitt. Now, they’ve dropped three straight and need to win two of their last three to become bowl eligible. The Seminoles have reached the homestretch and here isn’t a single ranked team remaining on their schedule.


Virginia likes to lean on its offensive line and let running back Kevin Parks go to work. His 626 rushing yards rank No. 6 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and his 150 attempts are the third most in the league. The strategy makes sense against a Florida State team that is banged up along its front seven. The Seminoles have the No. 7 run defense in the ACC,


Virginia: DE Eli Harold leads the ACC with 13.0 tackles for loss and ranks No. 2 with 7.0 sacks. His 47 tackles are the fourth-most on the team.

Florida State: Freshman running back Dalvin Cook has emerged as, arguably, the most consistent rusher on the roster. He showed explosion against Louisville with 110 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries.


Florida State has won a school record and ACC record 24 consecutive games - the longest active streak in the nation. … QB Winston has completed 70.1 percent of his passes in his three home games in 2014. … WR Rashad Greene is 281 yards from breaking FSU’s career receiving yards record. … Virginia and Florida State will not play again until 2019. … Virginia S Quin Blanding leads the ACC with 89 tackles and ranks No. 1 among all freshmen in the nation. … The Cavaliers have allowed just eight sacks in their first nine games, the ninth fewest in the country.

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