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Villanova - Maine Preview

Villanova (6-2 Overall, 4-1 CAA) travels to Maine (5-3, 4-1) to meet in a crucial CAA match-up on Saturday ...

Villanova football heads to Orono ME to face the Black Bears in a key CAA conference game on Saturday.  The game is of vital importance for both teams.  The Wildcats have their sights set on a possible CAA Championship and a berth in the FCS playoffs.  A win at Maine would be huge for ‘Nova.

The noon kick-off will be televised by WVII, FOX College Sports, SNY (Verizon 577) in New York, Fox College Sports Atlantic (Verizon FiOS Channel 300), and followed online here: Maine Athletics Live

Maine is coming off a 35-28 road victory at William & Mary.  For the second straight week, a last second defensive turnover sealed the win for Maine.

Villanova, coming off a bye, defeated UAlbany 24-13 on Oct. 22.

KEYS TO THE GAME:

  • Can the ‘Nova O-Line control the line of scrimmage and dominant time of possession with a dominant running game
  • Which team can avoid the costly turnover or make a momentum changing special teams play?
  • Maine's second-ranked CAA pass offense (222.8 ypg) against Villanova's third ranked pass defense (163.8 ypg).
  • Maine is averaging 191.3 ypg rushing over its last three games but will face Villanova's CAA leading rush defense (96.0 ypg)

LAST 5 MEETINGS IN THE SERIES:

Year    Winner        Place                Score    

2015    Villanova    Villanova, PA    13-3

2014    Villanova    Orono, ME        41-20

2013    Maine         Villanova, PA    37-35

2012    Villanova    Orono, ME        35-14

2011    Maine         Villanova, PA    41-25

SERIES HISTORY:

Maine and Villanova are meeting for the 20th time in history ... The Wildcats hold a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series and have won two-straight.  Villanova defeated Maine 13-3 last season.  The Wildcats have won three-straight in Orono

NOTES: Eight CAA teams are ranked in the top 50 in FCS in scoring defense this week. Topping the list is Villanova (5th/15.9 ppg), followed by UAlbany (10th/17.9 ppg), Richmond (15th/19.8 ppg), New Hampshire (20th/20.3 ppg) and Stony Brook (21st/21.0 ppg). There are also seven teams among the top 37 in FCS in total defense, led by Villanova (259.8 ypg/2nd), Richmond (267.6 ypg/4th) and Stony Brook (286.9 ypg/10th), seven teams in the top 27 in passing defense, led by #1 Richmond (131.9 ypg), #8 Towson (162.8 ypg) and #9 Villanova (163.8 ypg) and five teams among the top 39 in rushing defense, topped by #10 Villanova (96.0 ypg). 

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