The only program to reach the
This year’s game replaces the Cavaliers’ previously scheduled date at
"We initiated a conversation with Oregon about a potential game in 2017 in Europe," said Virginia executive associate athletic director Jon Oliver in a statement. "As the conversation progressed it became clear we might have an opportunity to initiate a series in 2013 starting in Charlottesville. We saw that as a great opportunity for our program and our fans.
"The chance to add Oregon presents us with the unique opportunity to have eight home games in a single season. Kicking off the season against BYU on Aug. 31 and playing Oregon on Sept. 7 will be a challenge, but one that Coach (Mike) London has been on board with since the very beginning. I am hopeful that our fans will embrace this schedule and create a home field advantage to help make our team successful."
Oliver said he hopes to play the Penn State game in a later year.
"I'm looking forward to playing eight home games next season," London said, also via statement. "We want our players to be able to compete against great teams. Bringing BYU and Oregon to Scott Stadium to start the season will be a tremendous challenge, but one our team is preparing for now and is very excited to take on."
The Ducks were 46-7 the past four seasons under coach
In Kelly’s four seasons, the Ducks played in two Rose Bowls, a national title game and a
Helfrich inherits an offense that started only three seniors in a 35-17 Fiesta Bowl rout of Kansas State that concluded a 12-1 season and elevated the Ducks to No. 2 in the final Associated Press poll. Oregon’s only defeat was to
The Ducks’ only defeat in the 2010 season was to Auburn and
Oregon lost to Ohio State in the
Among those expected back on Oregon’s offense are quarterback Marcus Mariota and running back
The series with the Ducks continues the Westernization of Virginia’s non-conference schedule under Oliver, a former administrator at
After a 1976 game at
Oregon gives Virginia a record eight home games next season. The Cavaliers also host non-conference opponents Brigham Young (8-5 last season), VMI (2-9) and
This will mark the second straight year Virginia has played a throny non-league schedule. Last season the Cavaliers played Penn State, Richmond, Louisiana Tech and Texas Christian, the latter on the road.
A game at Penn State (8-4 last season) would have been plenty rigorous, despite the
Such ambition may retard the struggling program short-term, affecting won-loss record and bowl eligibility. But long-term, more challenging schedules are a more accurate gauge of Virginia's progress.
There's also the bottom line: The Cavaliers have struggled to sell tickets, and Oregon figures to put more folks in the seats than, say, Florida Atlantic.
Virginia's 2013 home schedule is diverse and compelling. Clemson's spread and Georgia Tech's option notwithstanding, the Oregon test figures to be the season's sternest for new Cavaliers defensive coordinator Jon Tenuta.
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