Saturday, November 28, 2009

"Commonwealth Cup" a Misnomer This Year

Later today UVA will meet Virginia Tech in one of the South's oldest college football rivalries. Since 1996, the winner of this intrastate rivalry has won the "Commonwealth Cup." Virginia Tech won the cup last year, prevailing 17-14. Generally the winner of this game can properly consider itself Virginia's best college football team.

This year the "Commonwealth Cup" is a bit of a misnomer, however. At best, UVA, with only one win all year, is the state's fourth best college football team, behind William and Mary, which beat UVA in September, and Richmond, which defeated Duke early in the season and barely edged William and Mary last week.

Perhaps the "I-64/81 Cup" would be a more apt title.