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BROKEN STREAK! HOOS CRUSH HOKIES 39-30

It’s been a long 15 years but finally, UVA football is victorious over Virginia Tech. The Cavs, built by coach Bronco Mendenhall and led by QB Bryce Perkins beat the Hokies in Scott Stadium advancing to 9-4 and to the Orange Bowl against Miami. The last bowl game UVA played was last year against South Carolina in the Belk Bowl. The Cavs won 28-0.

Before this game, the last Virginia QB to beat the Hokies was Matt Schaub, who is currently the backup for the Atlanta Falcons. While on the topic of Virginia QBs, QB Bryce Perkins went 20/33 with 311 passing yards alongside 3 touchdowns (one passing two rushing) with a season high 164 rushing yards. UVA defense had two interceptions and two recovered fumbles in what may have been the most defense reliant games this year for the Hoos.

The Cavaliers move onto the Orange Bowl against the number nine ranked Florida Gators who are 10-2 on the season with losses to #1 LSU Tigers and #5 Georgia Bulldogs. The game takes place on December 30th, at 8:00 pm in Miami, Florida at Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins. Although the Cavs took a major loss 17-62 to Clemson in the ACC Championship, I believe there’s a chance for the win against Florida, as UVA will have to play their best on all three sides of the ball. Only time will tell as UVA marches onto their final 60 minutes of football in what would be the biggest bowl game of UVA football history. Go Hoos!

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Road to the Playoffs, Let’s Talk!

By: Dregan Giles

As we’re currently in week 15 of the NFL, the regular season is coming to an end. This brings one major question to how the playoffs will go: who will make the playoffs? For a start here are the basics of the playoffs. Each conference (four divisions for the two conferences) will have two teams that hold the highest record, they’ll get a bye week as they have earned that spot. The lesser two division leaders and two wildcard teams (teams with the best record NOT being a division leader) will play in the first round. This leaves two teams from each first round to take on the two division leaders. That results in two teams from each conference to play the NFC and AFC championship. That leaves one team in each conference to play the Super Bowl. The current standings through week 15 in the NFC and AFC are looking like this:

NFC

  1. Seattle Seahawks 11-3 (x)        
  2. Green Bay Packers 11-3 (x)
  3. New Orleans Saints 10-3 (y)
  4. Dallas Cowboys 7-7
  5. (WC) Seattle Seahawks 10-3 (x)
  6. (WC) Minnesota Vikings 10-4

AFC

  1. Baltimore Ravens 11-2 (y)
  2. New England Patriots 10-3 (x)
  3. Kansas City Chiefs 10-4 (y)
  4. Houston Texans 9-5
  5. (WC) Buffalo Bills 9-4
  6. (WC) Pittsburgh Steelers 8-5

x = clinched a playoff spot

y = clinched division

z = clinched first round bye

Teams in the hunt for a playoff spot, meaning their chances haven’t slipped away just yet.

NFC:  Los Angeles Rams (8-6)  Chicago Bears (7-7) Philadelphia Eagles (7-7)

AFC: Oakland Raiders (6-8) Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) Tennessee Titans (8-6) Indianapolis Colts (6-7)

 There are 2 weeks of football left before it’s time for the playoffs, meaning these standings are very much subject to change. Let’s debate, who’s projected to make the playoffs as of now, but won’t by week 17?

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2020 Presidential Candidate Summary

2020 Presidential Candidate Summary

By Dregan Giles

Democratic Candidates Bernie Sanders (left), Elizabeth Warren (middle), Joe Biden (right) and President Donald J. Trump (bottom)

With 2020 coming towards us faster than ever, there will be plenty of seniors/just graduated students who will be eligible to vote. Meaning for our 2020 election it will be President Trump going against one of the seventeen candidates. Our voices do matter, and voting is a key example of the voice of the people. Getting out and voting may seem inefficient on a national level due to having both popular and electoral vote but on a local view, voting is more important than you think. So before you vote at least be sure of who you want to put your vote in for. If you’re unsure of who you’d vote for, here’s a little bit of info on the top four.

First, let’s start with our current president, Donald Trump. The leading Republican for the 2020 presidential race, he was originally a businessman before announcing his run in 2016. Although facing impeachment, under the Trump administration, job growth has continued, and unemployment rates have fallen. Although on paper what he’s done for this country looks good, he’s currently undergoing steps to impeachment for “betraying his oath” as president of the US.

For our first of the few major Democratic Party candidates, I’ll start with Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, you may recognize this name as he ran for the presidency in 2016. He came close but wasn’t able to get the nomination over Hillary Clinton. He’s a “democratic socialist.” Socialism is the belief of the government being ruled as a whole. Sanders has also fought for shortening the middle class, fought against global warming and emphasized the usage of renewable energy sources like solar power and windmills, attempted to make healthcare and education affordable for everyone.  

Next, is the candidate who will likely receive the nomination as he’s been leading most polls. Joe Biden running for president wouldn’t be his first time with any title of presidential power, Biden served as Barack Obama’s vice president from 2008-2016. Biden believes in using renewable energy, stopping gun violence with certain regulations put on purchasing and owning a gun. He’s not about free college like Bernie, but he supports giving every student a path for a career no matter your gender, age, and ethnicity.

This candidate is probably the last of the three who will have a real chance at the nominee unless a miracle were to happen. Elizabeth Warren was originally a US Senator for the state of Massachusetts, she plans to bring the power back to the middle class and remove the corrupt political powers in Washington that support the 1% and nothing else. She’s promoting equal justice between wealth class and ethnicity.

It doesn’t matter who you vote for, but it’s essential to know that your vote does matter. In the year 2020, there will be a lot of students still attending high school as well as recent graduates now becoming eligible to vote. Change can happen, but it’s not going to happen if we aren’t taking the steps to elect those who’ll make that change. It all comes down to finding the ability to rise against the unfairness and corruption in political power.

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