Villanova hosts Delaware this weekend in the annual 'Battle of the Blue.' It's also Parents Weekend on the Main Line, so expect a good crowd at Villanova Stadium for the home opener. The Wildcats have won three straight in this series, and nine of the last ten. You can bet the Hens will want to end that streak, especially after back-to-back last-minute losses to the Wildcats.
Here's three things to know about the upcoming opponent.
There's no QB controversy (at least for now)
Coach Dave Brock opted to play both Blake Rankin and Joe Walker in the season-opening loss to Jacksonville, but it was Walker who started and went the distance in last week's win over Lafayette. Brock named Walker as his starting quarterback going forward in his press conference this week, so the Hens seem to have found their man.
Villanova's defense has been in superb form through two games, and Walker didn't exactly shine last week against Lafayette (4-15 for 58 yards, 60 yards rushing, 1 TD). If the Hens struggle to move the ball and generate points this weekend, will Brock entertain the notion of going back to Rankin?
Lots of RB depth, but they've lost their main guy
Star running back Wes Hills was on his way to a big day vs. Jacksonville (16 carries, 88 yards) before a broken foot sidelined him and ruled him out for the season. Hills went over 100 yards last year vs. 'Nova, and his loss shouldn't be underestimated.
Without Hills, it looks to be a running back by committee approach until somebody emerges. Jalen Randolph led the team in carries last week, but sophomore Kareem Wiliams was right behind him and had far more yards. Thomas Jefferson will likely see some action as well.
They'll be out for revenge
The last two meeting couldn't have ended in more heartbreaking fashion for Delaware, with Villanova stealing the game late on both occasions. Brock made sure to make note of this during his press conference and you can bet he'll be gearing his team up to pull off the upset this week.
It's a rivalry game, so you can immediately throw records out the window and expect a tightly contested affair.