THE MOTTLEY CREW REVIEW
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suspicious eyebrow when they realized I was a Hokie. And my Tech friends couldn’t understand why I’d ever consider UVA for law school. My explanation was that I was “captured and held prisoner of war at UVA and decided to get a law degree while I was there.” They got that. By contrast, my UVA friends would ask, “So, who do you root for?” I would just look at them and think, “Are you serious? I thought you were smart enough to get into UVA.” A Tech fan would never ask such a question. And that tells you something about the rivalry and the attitudes at both schools. Tech leads the rivalry 58-37-5, and the series has had some fantastic games over the years, including last year’s game. But in some of the more recent games, the rivalry has been kind of like watching two mules fight over a turnip in the backyard. Don’t get me wrong; it’s still fun to watch. But even the most die-hard fan will tell you the luster has been taken off the game as compared to the 1990s and that Tech’s 15-game win streak isn’t healthy for the rivalry. But last year’s game was a nail-biter, and I feel this year’s game will be just as close. Tech fans must admit they’re worried about losing to a Virginia team that is, dare I say, on the rise? And the UVA fans are certainly wondering by now if their early season success was a mirage in the desert of ACC mediocrity. And the game suddenly has Coastal Division title implications, with the winner getting a chance to lose to Clemson. So yes, friends, we have something to fight about in the Commonwealth. Game on!
Hanging out with family, cooking, and eating great food are high on the list of things I love about Thanksgiving. But right up there on that list is college football. For my family, the traditional focus has been the annual Virginia Tech versus University of Virginia game. But this year, with my son at South Carolina, we’ve added a new treat to our table — the annual Clemson versus USC game. I’ll be in Columbia, South Carolina, for that one, and I’m excited about the change of scenery. This year, we’re rooting for the birds in the Mottley house: the Hokies and the Gamecocks. Here’s my primer on these two rivalry games to get your mouth watering. VIRGINIA TECH VS. UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA Date & Time: Nov. 29, 2019, TBA Place: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Virginia Television: TBA At Stake: The Commonwealth Cup; VT’s 15- game win streak against the Cavaliers; First place in the ACC Coastal Division I was fortunate to go to both schools — Tech for undergrad and Virginia for law school. That’s a unique combination and a good conversation piece at cocktail parties. But it can be a tough line to walk, as I soon found out in law school. My UVA friends, one of whom played on the ‘Hoos 1990 No. 1 team (which, as I often reminded him, got embarrassed by the Hokies on Thanksgiving weekend in 1990), raised a
CLEMSON VS. SOUTH CAROLINA Date & Time: Nov. 30, 2019, TBA Place: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina Television : TBA At Stake: The Palmetto Bowl title; Clemson’s spot in the CFB Playoff Here is the background on this game, dubbed the “Palmetto Bowl.” First played in 1896, the game is described by PalmettoBowl.com to be “the second- longest continuous rivalry in Division I college football and the longest uninterrupted rivalry series in the South.” I quickly discovered doing some independent
research that both claims are highly questionable, but what the heck?
Clemson holds the lead in the series by a wide margin (70-42-4), but the series has been split 5-5 over the last decade, with Clemson on a five-game win streak that was preceded by USC’s own five-game win streak
My prediction: Virginia Tech 31–Virginia 24
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