Here are my keys to the game:
Go For Win Four With #4- There is no doubt at this point who Villanova's best offensive player is. Matt Szczur has been beyond phoneomenal, especially in the last few games. Look for a heavy dose of Szczur in the wildcat as it is no longer necessary to budget his touches. In my opinion, they should give the ball to him until Montana finds a way to stop him. Few teams have been able to stop him yet this season so VIllanova should challenge The Griz to stop #4.
Cut to The Chase- Montana running back Chase Reynolds absolutely torched Appalachian State last week on the ground by running effectively behind his huge offensive line. It is imperative that The 'Cats get penetration and cut Reynolds down in the backfield before he can get into the second level. In order to stop him, Villanova must rely on the quickness they have defensively to get into the backfield, otherwise the brute strength of the Montana offensive line could pave the way for a big day on the ground for Chase Reynolds.
Play Smart- All season, The 'Cats have been extremely disciplined, they are in the top five in the nation in penalty yardage and fewest turnovers lost. They cannot afford to lose themselves and play undisciplined football for the first time in the most important game of the season. This doesn't only extend to penalties and turnovers, Montana possesses a good passing attack so The 'Cats cannot afford to be out of position on defense or else they will be burned. If The 'Cats are able to play mistake free while forcing mistakes at the same time, they will greatly increase their chances of winning the game.
Get Pressure on The Quarterback- Montana's quarterback Andrew Selle is a very good player when he has time to throw. He also has a plethora of receivers to throw the ball to, especially All-American wideout Marc Mariani. Montana's offensive line has done a very good job pass blocking this year so Villanova must try to keep Selle and The Griz offensive line confused with timely blitzes and pressure from the front three linemen on top of that. Villanova defensive end Tim Kukucka, who has been fantastic this season, must continue his high level of play and get pressure off the edge. In last year's national championship, Richmond defensive end Lawrence Sidbury was the difference in the game as he had four sacks. If Villanova is able to get that many sacks as a team much less from one player, they will put the offense in the position to win.
That's it for now, probably more tomorrow or Thursday before I leave for CHATTY.