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Villanova Athletics set for big weekend of conference openers and exciting matchups

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Conference Openers, Home Games, and Invitationals... oh my!

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Happy Friday Nova Nation! It’s another big weekend for Villanova Athletics as conference play begins and teams prepare for invitational events, but let’s start off our weekend rundown with the games the Wildcats will be hosting.

Field Hockey will actually travel to Georgetown for their Big East opener TODAY before returning to Nova to take on Rider this Sunday. Women’s Soccer will have their senior day on Sunday as they host Brown on campus. And Volleyball will be back in action Saturday after crushing Temple with a few familiar faces in the crowd.

Field Hockey isn’t the only team opening up conference play this weekend either. Men’s soccer is out in Chicago as they’ll begin Big East play at DePaul TODAY. But the big game of the weekend will be Football’s attempt to stay undefeated when #18 Wildcats travel to #5 Towson in the CAA Game of the Week.

Other Villanova events close to home this weekend include the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams in the Main Line Invitational, and Men’s Tennis in the St. Joseph’s Invitational. If you’re in the area, be sure to get out there and cheer on your Wildcats to victory!

In other “news”, a look at what Villanova Basketball’s freshman class brings to the table, USC insiders think Mark Jackson is in the running for USC AD, and Ryan Arcidiacono tries to hang with the Jonas Brothers. Enjoy!

Villanova Basketball

Villanova basketball: Can freshmen deliver for Wildcats? | SI.com
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Would Villanova's Mark Jackson Return to Southern Cal as Athletic Director? | Crossing Broad
Here’s a clip from the Dan Patrick show today where the radio host discusses the possibility of Urban Meyer returning to the sidelines as USC’s coach. In the snippet, Patrick is sharing information received from a source, which includes a reference to Villanova’s Mark Jackson as well.

NBA Wildcats

Is Ryan Arcidiacono trying to become the fourth Jonas Brother? | NBC Sports Chicago
One particular Bulls guard is looking to add another fun experience to the Jonas Brothers' Chicago trip.

Villanova Football

Undefeated Villanova opens CAA play on Saturday at Towson | KYW
It will be an early-season Colonial Athletic Association showdown on Saturday night as undefeated Villanova visits undefeated Towson. The Wildcats are currently ranked 18th in the country in FCS, and they improved to 3-0 on the season this past Saturday with a 45-10 dismantling of Bucknell.

No. 5 Towson Hosts No. 18 Villanova In CAA's Game Of The Week | Flo Football
Towson's road doesn't get any easier one week after traveling to No. 7 Maine, as 18th-ranked Villanova heads to Johnny Unitas Stadium.

An Attacking Towson Defense Has Tigers Eyeing The Ultimate Prize | Flo Football
The transformation of Towson's defense — from 10th in the CAA in 2018 to the upper echelon of the FCS in '19 — has been remarkable.

FCS RECRUITING: CAA Team And Individual Rankings - Sept. | HERO Sports
Which CAA teams have been the hottest in recruiting? Which CAA recruits were the most coveted before committed? We break it down as of Sept. 17.

FCS Football: Predictions for the Best 10 Games in Week 4 | Athlon Sports
Last weeks FCS predictions got snatched by the aliens in the Twilight Zone. If we dont start to predict the games better, Athlon editors will be...

Football Opens Conference Play at Towson Saturday Evening | Villanova University Athletics
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NFL Wildcats

Add former Rams OL Brandon Hitner to the list of 49ers workouts this week | 49ers Webzone
The San Francisco 49ers have worked out former Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Brandon Hitner, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. 49ers tried out offensive lineman Brandon Hitner

49ers free agency: The Niners host OL Brandon Hitner for a visit | Niners Nation
The team worked Hitner out during the draft process

2020 NFL Draft prospects to watch in Week 4 | CBSSports.com
Week 4 of the college football season features some must-watch games

Villanova Athletics

Villanova Wins Home Opener, Hands Temple First Loss of Season | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova, Pa. – The Villanova Wildcats (8-2) handed Temple (9-1) it's first loss of the season by a score of 3-1 in front of a packed house in Jake Nevin Fieldhouse

Wildcats Draw 2-2 at Princeton Thursday Night | Villanova University Athletics
Princeton, N.J.- The Villanova Wildcats (3-3-2) played to a tie on Thursday night on the road against the Princeton Tigers by a final of 2-2.

Wildcats Open BIG EAST Play at Georgetown Friday | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova is looking to keep its best four-game start to a season since 2008 going when it travels to Washington D.C. tomorrow to take on Georgetown at 1 p.m. This

BIG EAST Play Opens Friday for Wildcats at DePaul | Villanova University Athletics
Villanova opens BIG EAST play Friday at DePaul.

Cross Country Teams to Open Season at Main Line Invitational on Friday Afternoon | Villanova University Athletics
The men's and women's cross country teams will open their 2019 season on Friday when they compete in the Main Line Invitational in nearby Haverford. The meet will feature a women's three-mile race beginning at 4:45 p.m. and a four-mile men's race which gets underway at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free for the meet, which takes place on the Alumni Course on the Haverford College campus.

Wildcats heading to Philadelphia this Weekend for the Saint Joseph’s Invitational | Villanova University Athletics
Coming off a successful weekend at home at the 9th annual Villanova Invitational, the Wildcats are will be traveling on Friday to Philadelphia for the 11th annual

Women's Soccer to Celebrate Senior Day Sunday | Villanova University Athletics
This Sunday the Villanova women's soccer team will honor the teams nine seniors prior to the final non-conference game of the season. Kick-off vs. Brown is scheduled