Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Keys To The National Championship Game: Villanova vs. Montana


Andy Talley has finally cleared the hump and made it to the National Championship.  The opponent in the Championship Game will be the undefeated Grizzlies from the University of Montana.  While Villanova is making its first trip to the National Championship, Montana is no stranger to playing in Chattanooga as their most recent trip was last season when they lost to Richmond 24-7.  The 'Cats need to finish what they've started and not allow Montana to get in their way. 

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.

10 comments:

  1. What I saw in your semifinal game last Friday was a pretty unoriginal, non-adjusting offense. Granted, this was the only Villanova game I've seen all year, so it's all I have to go on. I hope it is what I saw, because I believe the Griz will have no problem stopping it. And looking at the season long stats, it seems that your defense can be exploited through the air. Though Coach Hauck definitely prefers pounding the ball behind the big O-line (Bobby Ball), they don't have a hard time adjusting & taking what the defense is giving. The Griz are playing with a chip on their shoulder right now, & they (& the fans alike) feel as if they are a team of destiny-not a good mixture for any opponent. I believe the Griz will win this game handily-maybe it'll be close, but a Montana win nonetheless. I hope I'm right. That said, I was sorely disappointed seeing all of the empty seats during a nationally televised semifinal game. What in the F was up with that? No excuses, that was embarrasing.

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  2. Sick of hearing from ignorant Montana fans about attendance numbers. Unaware of enrollment figures and the scope of events going on in Philadelphia area (as opposed to Missoula, MT). Game will be close either way.

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  3. In all fairness we're a small schoool in a huge area with alumni scattered all over the country. If it had been the afternoon game we would have had more. Fact is, Villanova is a basketball school and most fans look down on football.

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  4. Exactly! It would be a shame if Nova wins, seeing how nobody really cares.

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  5. It would be a shame if our players who have worked hard all year proved to be the best team in the country and took home a National Championship? How do you figure? Great point, jackass.

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  6. It would be a shame to the player's that nobody cares. For all their hard work to go unnoticed by all but a few. Out of curiosity, did Bill & Mary outdraw you guys on your own field?

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  7. Just a little FYI-Montana sold out it's allotment of 3,000 tickets to the game. They estimate there will be roughly 3,500 Griz fans that make the cross-country trek. How many tickets did Nova sell? 1,000? Pathetic, shameful.

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  8. GOOD LUCK!!

    http://www.egriz.com/grizboard/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=41873

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  9. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uS-pH78phkQ

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  10. It's easy to sell out 3500 tickets when your school has a considerably larger student body (not to mention an incredible academic reputation...). Where is the praise for schools like Nova and William and Mary that enroll a limited number of QUALITY students, have high academic standards, and are still able to develop good football teams. Nova has limited funding and a greater diversity of overall university efforts and some Montana troll is going to come on here to complain about the fact that we were only able to sell tickets to about 1/6th of our student population. I'm pretty sure this is the only time that people outside of Montana consider U of M somewhat important. Nova deserves it-not a bunch of kids that have trouble spelling their names.

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