The Carrier Dome will present a familiar setting for Villanova Wildcats fans, but tonight the main event will feature football instead of basketball as the 'Cats and Syracuse Orange square off in the opening game of the season. While money is the primary motivation for Villanova, they've beaten FBS teams in the past, and come very close in others. As a borderline Top 10 team in the FCS, they are no walk in the park.
Syracuse finished last season strong to post a 7-6 record in Scott Shafer's first season at the helm, but fans are unsure what to expect - a lot rides on some key players taking a big step forward in year two.
There's not shortage of ways to catch the game tonight. We will have our gamethread live approximately 45 minutes before opening kickoff.
Game Time, TV Schedule: 7:30pm ET, though it will only be available on TV to a limited audience for Time Warner Cable subscribers.
Live Video Stream: The game is available on ESPN3 (ESPN's online channel) via your desktop or laptop computer. You can also view the game via the WatchESPN app on your tablet, phone, or connected device. The app is free so long as you receive ESPN as part of your cable package. You will just need to enter your cable provider, account username, and password when prompted to start streaming the game. WatchESPN is available through the following mediums:
Live Radio Stream: In Philadelphia, CBS Sports Radio (610 AM) will carry the game. In Syracuse, TK99 (99.5 FM) and WAER (88.3 FM) will have coverage. The game will be available on satellite radio as well, on Sirius 93 and XM 193. The game will also be streamed live on Cuse.com.
Alumni Game-Watch Events
Syracuse, NY: 5:30pm ET, pre-game reception at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel & Conference Center. Cost is $20 which includes heavy appetizers, beer, wine and soft drinks. -- more details & registration here.
New York City: 7:30pm ET at Gramercy Ale House (272 3rd Ave.) -- more details here