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Villanova hosts Rhode Island today in a Noon kick-off ...

Villanova hosts Rhode Island today in CAA action.  The Cats are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play while URI is 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the CAA.  The game kicks off at Noon and can be seen on American Sports Network and heard on 610 Sports (WTEL-AM).

The ‘Nova offense is averaging 29.2 points per game and the defense is holding teams to only 18.2 points per game.  The Rams have the worst scoring offense in the CAA at 15.8 points per game and the second worst scoring defense - averaging 38.6 points allowed.

Villanova leads the all-time series between the schools 18-3 and won handily at URI last season.

Key Questions:

  • Can the Cats O-Line prevent the Rams from sacking Bednarczyk with frequency?
  • Will the ‘Nova offense continue to show improved balance and explosiveness?
  • Can the ‘Nova defense continue to make big plays?
  • Will the ‘Nova kicking game remain solid?

Coach Talley on Rhode Island:

“Rhode Island is a team that finally got on the winning track against Brown. They have played a very difficult schedule. Two of the three teams they have played, Albany and Harvard, are undefeated and New Hampshire has only lost one game. They have had a very very difficult schedule as opposed to us. Our schedule is a little light early in the season. We anticipate Coach Fleming bringing that group down here and playing hard. Jim is a guy who coached for me, was my defensive coordinator, and I know him very well. He is a terrific guy, a terrific coach and he is right around the corner from getting this Rhode Island team where they need to be in our league. We know we are going to have a rough game.”

Coach Talley on his RBs:

“We held Javon out last week because we felt that Matt Gudzak was ready to go and Matt certainly responded and had a really good game. If Javon is a little better tomorrow, we will work him into the mix because now we have three very talented tailbacks. Actually, it is going to be tough to get all three reps. Aaron Forbes is a tremendous young running back - we love him. And Gudzak has real good legs underneath him right now because he didn't have a preseason. He was really sharp Saturday. I think it will be interesting to see how we can use all three so we will wait and see how well Javon does this week in practice but I think he will be feeling better so we will probably have a problem trying to get all three reps.”

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