The Ducks are taking a minor detour this weekend — to the East Coast to take on the Virginia Cavaliers. The last time the Ducks had to travel that far east, the opponent was Georgia. They didn’t win that game, but fast-forwarding 33 years, the Ducks are the No. 2 team in the nation, and let’s be honest, they shouldn’t be too nervous about this one.
This will be the first time the Ducks will have faced an ACC opponent in the regular season and have been installed as a three-touchdown favorite by the oddsmakers. The Cavaliers won their opening match last week and have a little confidence going into this game – but that self-assuredness will most likely fade after the first five minutes of this one.
A west coast team going to the east coast for a two-day road trip, however, could affect the mentality of the visitors. An early game for a team traveling from the west coast favors the home team, but we shouldn’t see too much of an effect on these focused Ducks. They understand that they should never feel overly confident going into any game. I mean, upsets are definitely possible, but we shouldn’t think that way in this situation. To put things into sharper perspective, the Ducks haven’t lost an away game since 2009 (Chip’s first year) – against Stanford and Boise State.
The Ducks will be looking to extend their winning streak away from Autzen – Saturday at 12:30 PDT – to 16 games in a row.