clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Delaware vs. Villanova: 3 things to know about the Blue Hens

The Battle of Blue returns this Saturday.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The final week of the regular season typically means that the 'Battle of the Blue' rivalry is being renewed. The 2014 will return to Delaware Stadium in Newark, Del. as Villanova tries to solidify a top-8 seed in the FCS playoffs, while Delaware will try to stay above .500 and finish the season on a good note after getting blown out by New Hampshire last weekend.

Villanova holds the all-time series lead 25-21-1 - the game is set to kickoff at 12:00pm ET on Saturday, but it doesn't look like it will be available on television.

Here's 3 things to know about the Blue Hens:

Trent Hurley is reverting to sophomore year form

Hurley, a transfer from Bowling Green, had a very nice junior season in which he threw for 2200 yards, 22 TDs, and just 7 INTs. Big senior season ahead, right? Hurly has actually completed a slightly better percentage of his passes, but has more INTs (13) than TDs (11) so far this season.

A big problem has been Hurley's inability to get the ball downfield. Top target Michael Johnson is averaging just 9.9 ypc this year after averaging 17.3 a year ago. Jerel Harrison has been the best threat (15.3), but doesn't have the size that Johnson does.

Villanova hasn't been great against the pass, but they'll like their chances against Hurley with the form he's in.

It's running back by committee

Sophomores Wes Hills and Jalen Randolph are both having exceptionally good years. Hills gets more of the work, and has logged over 800 yards on the year averaging 5.6 ypc. Reynolds actually has one more touchdown on the season and is a better receiver out of the backfield.

Run defense hasn't been an issue for Villanova this season, so it will be interesting to see if this two-headed monster gives them any trouble, or if they'll be able to tee off as usual.

They have not been good against Villanova lately

From the 1970s to the mid-90s, Delaware had the upper hand in this rivalry, but since then it's been all Villanova. The 'Cats have been dominant recently, winning 7 of the last 8 meetings. And dating back to 1996 they have lost to the Blue Hens just five times. That's a serious psychological advantage to possess over a rival.

Delaware, as they have often in recent years, will have to wrap their heads around playing the spoiler. No matter what happens this weekend, Villanova will be in the FCS playoffs. But Delaware can ensure that the Wildcats lose out on a seed, first-round bye, and home field advantage by sending the 'Cats back to Philly with a loss.