Virginia welcomes Virginia Tech to Scott Stadium Saturday, with the stakes in this rivalry higher than they have been in years.

This is the 93rd meeting between the two schools. Tech has won seven in a row in the series, and eleven of the last twelve.

But Virginia is surging, playing its best football since the 2007 season.

"It's a dream come true to be blessed to play here and play in this rivalry. It's a huge thing in the state," said Jake Snyder, a Cavalier Defensive End. "Growing up watching games and watching the great players that have played at both schools compete. To be lucky enough to be one of the players playing in the game, I'm really excited about it and it's great."

Many of the Cavalier players have experienced the Commonwealth Cup rivalry over the years. But this time a bid to the ACC Championship Game is on the line.

"I still remember my first [rivalry game] when they came into town," says Virginia offensive tackle Oday Aboushi. "It was just a totally different feeling. You feel invincible and at the same time you know you have a real big task ahead of you. The rivalry has definitely grown on me."

The Hokies and 'Hoos will go at it starting at 3:30pm on Saturday.