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CHARLOTTESVILLE – The on-field success that Bronco Mendenhall has brought to Virginia football is paying dividends on the recruiting trail, it appears. Wednesday, Virginia expects to sign most of its 22 committed prospects, part of what recruiting experts think is Mendenhall’s best recruiting class since taking over the Cavaliers after the 2015 season.

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Rivalry week is here. Virginia is having its best season since 2011. The Hokies are mired in what could go down as their worst in 26 years. Is this the year U.Va. ends Tech’s 14-year run of owning this rivalry? Or will the Hokies find a way through on Friday, keeping not only that streak alive but giving itself a chance to extend its run of 25 straight bowl appearances?

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1. Start fast: Georgia Tech’s offense can be prolific piling up yards and points but it’s not built to come from behind. An early lead against the Yellow Jackets can go a long way. GT has outscored opponents 94-73 in the first quarter of games this year. It trailed at the half in three of its four losses. In the fourth loss, it was tied at the break. Virginia has been even better in the first quarter, outscoring opponents 93-54 in the first 15 minutes of games.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE — The emotion of his final home game behind him, the emotion of his last shot at rival Virginia Tech ahead of him, Virginia senior running back Jordan Ellis isn’t overlooking the importance of Saturday’s game at Georgia Tech.

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