Virginia running back Kevin Parks

Virginia running back Kevin Parks is one of the Cavaliers' top returning players. (Geoff Burke / USA Today Sports / November 2, 2013)

The Orlando Sentinel's college insider Matt Murschel has ranked all 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country entering the 2014 season. The Sentinel staff will take a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 128 to our projected No. 1 team.

Today at No. 119: Virginia Cavaliers

Coach: Mike London (18-31, entering 5th season at Virginia; 42–36 overall)

2013 record: 2-10 (0-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference, 7th in Coastal Division) 

Look back: Virginia's 2013 season started out promisingly. The Cavaliers opened the year with a 19-16 win against BYU, but things then spiraled out of control. 

Mike London's team went winless against FBS opponents and was severely overmatched, losing nine games by 10 points or more. The free-fall promptly placed London on the hot seat.

“I don't really have a lot of answers for it,” tight end Jake McGee said following Virginia's 16-6 loss to Virginia Tech in the season finale. “We'll have to dig deep and look into things to see what we need to do to change it: 2-10 is not going to cut it.” 

McGee has since announced he is leaving the program, adding to the gaps the Cavaliers must fill heading into the 2014 season.

Offensive starters returning:

Offensive starters lost:

Defensive starters returning: 9

Defensive starters lost:

Key losses: OL Morgan Moses, TE Jake McGee, WR Tim Smith, DL Jake Snyder, DL Brent Urban

Top returnees: RB Kevin Parks, DL Eli Harold, DB Anthony Harris, WR Darius Jennings, OL Conner Davis 

Strengths: The Cavaliers' defense was by no means dominant in 2013 (allowed 403.6 yards per game, 66th nationally), but Virginia returns several playmakers.

Virginia successfully implemented a more aggressive defensive philosophy last year and returns all seven starters from its back seven. Safety Anthony Harris had eight interceptions and 80 tackles last season, and is on the radar of NFL scouts. Returning defensive linemen Eli Harold, David Dean and Max Valles combined for 16.5 sacks last year, giving Virginia some versatility and depth up front.

Weaknesses: The entire offense, outside of running back Kevin Parks (227 carries, 1,031 rushing yards, 11 touchdowns), is questionable.

Virginia's projected starting offensive line has just a combined 48 starts and the team's leading receiver, McGee, recently announced that he is transferring.

But the real uncertainty is at quarterback. There has been little stability at the position during London's tenure and that trend could carry over into this season. Greyson Lambert looks poised to be Virginia's starter after a solid spring, although London has not yet named a starter. David Watford, last year's starter, returns but is coming off a season during which he threw almost twice as many interceptions (15) as touchdowns (8).

Outlook: London likely needs to guide his squad to a bowl game in order to save his job. The Cavaliers went 8-4 in 2011 and London was named the ACC's coach of the year, but Virginia has managed just six combined wins in the last two seasons. A stagnant offense has been at the center of the adversity. The offense looked better in its second spring under coordinator Steve Fairchild, but the group must show more consistency going forward, especially at the start of the season with difficult nonconference games against UCLA and BYU. It is likely that an experienced defense will be asked to carry the load while Lambert adjusts to his new role as a starter.