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Nov. 22, 2004

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia Cavaliers conclude the regular season against in-state rival Virginia Tech this Saturday in Blacksburg, Va. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on ABC.

Both teams come into the game nationally ranked for the first time since 1999.

There is a logjam atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings in the race for the league championship. Virginia is tied for third place with Miami with 5-2 records, and can secure a share of the league title with a victory over the Hokies Saturday. The Hokies, currently in first place in the league with a 5-1 mark, play at MIami on Dec. 4. Florida State has completed its regular season and is currently second in the conference. All four teams are in contention for the league crown depending on how the next two weeks shake out.

Virginia is 8-2 overall this season, the third year in a row the Cavaliers have won at least eight games. This is the first time they have won 8+ games three straight years since 1989-91 and only the fourth time in school history.

Virginia Tech got off to a slow start and stood 2-2 after the first four games, but has rebounded with a six-game winning streak, tied for the longest streak in the ACC this season.

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