Friday, September 30, 2011

Villanova-William & Mary Preview

Two seasons ago, Villanova and William & Mary  met in the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA playoffs, and  one of the most compelling games of football that I have ever attended ensued. Barely any of the principal play makers from that game remain. Thus far in 2011, both Villanova and William & Mary have struggled, particularly offensively, and both teams are being gashed in the ground game on defense.

Here are the keys to the game:
  1. Contain Jonathan Grimes: Since Villanova has been struggling in rushing defense this season, William & Mary will likely try to run it quite often with senior running back Jonathan Grimes Even though he's struggling a bit this season, Grimes has been one of the best players in the CAA since he was a freshman 12 years ago. If Villanova is able to contain him, they have already gone a long way towards winning the game.
  2. Score in the red zone: One of the strengths of Villanova teams past was their ability to capitalize on their opportunities in the red zone. This season, they've only scored touchdowns in 20 percent of their red zone possessions and have only scored points on 50 percent. If you don't score, you don't win.. Simple as that.
  3. Protect the quarterback: Through four games, Villanova has allowed ten quarterback sacks, far too many. Chris Polony proved that he is not ready if Christian Culicerto goes down, so Culicerto must be protected.
  4. Cut down on mistakes: There have been too many turnovers and penalties.. Stop doing those things.

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