Thursday, October 3, 2013

Villanova-William & Mary Primer

Villanova has had pretty good luck against William & Mary in recent years, but that doesn't make the games between them easy to sit through. In the 2009 playoffs, Villanova's toughest challenge in the entire playoffs came at the hands of a William & Mary team that had one of the greatest defenses I have ever seen at this level of football. Villanova has won five of their last six games in the series at Villanova Stadium.

So what does Villanova need to do to win this game? They need to hold onto the ball, and take advantage of the homefield advantage. As Bill Parcells once said, "You are what your record says you are," and by that measure, William & Mary, at 3-1 is better than Villanova. A loss at this juncture of the season would be devastating, and running the table in CAA is basically the only route Villanova has to do anything significant in the playoffs.

Injury news: Peter Sotiriou will be starting over Ross Hall, who was injured in last week's game. Nice to see that the team will keep a redshirt on Kyle Wallace despite the injury to Hall.

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