Sunday, August 24, 2008

What Is This Villanova That You Speak Of

Yeah, that picture is from the Early Crackpipe Predictions that I never got around to. But hey, at least I got the picture done before I pitched the whole process.

At least someone has them ranked 21st in 1-AA. As you may notice, they return 17 starters from a team that went 7-4 last year. Apparently, that wasn't good enough to get them into that thing they call a playoff in 1-AA. But since this is who we are going to play come Saturday, might as well take a look under the hood and see what's what.

There isn't much out there to chew on, but their starting quarterback is Antwon Young. A very mobile quarterback that completed 64% of his passes before suffering a serious knee injury and being lost for half of the season. Nothing eye popping about his rushing stats. He carried the ball 72 times for 151 yards and two touchdowns. The entire offensive line returns, but they will be starting either Angelo Babbaro or Aaron Ball, both sophomores and both with little experience. Ball saw more action, but both are 5'9" and 190ish lbs.

The defense returns nine starters including their top four tacklers. The most noteworthy is defensive lineman, Tim Kukucka with a dozen tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks.

As far as common opponents, we both played Maryland last year and where they lost 31-14, we beat the turtles 31-14. So that's how that works. Really, there's not that much more out there to know about the Wildcats. That link above is the latest news on the Villanova website.

The big concern should really be that West Virginia wins handily and comes out of the game without any injuries. The first part should be easy, and the second part is up to the football Gods.

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