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Looking Ahead: How Villanova Football opponents fared in Week 2

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Pretty much everybody won (sorry Rhody).

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Villanova Schedule Week 2 Opponent Score Season Record
Connecticut Huskies Army Black Knights W, 22-17 2-0
Fordham Rams Villanova Wildcats L, 14-7 1-1
Delaware Blue Hens Lafayette Leopards W, 19-9 1-1
Penn Quakers OFF N/A 0-0
William & Mary Tribe OFF N/A 1-0
Albany Great Danes Rhode Island Rams W, 35-7 1-1
Towson Tigers St. Francis (PA) Red Flash W, 35-20 1-1
Maine Black Bears OFF N/A 0-1
Rhode Island Rams Albany Great Danes L, 35-7 0-2
Richmond Spiders Hampton Pirates W, 31-28 1-1
James Madison Dukes Lehigh Mountain Hawks W, 55-17 2-0
Villanova Opponent Week 2 Record: 6-2; Villanova Opponent Cumulative Record: 10-8

It was a very good week for the opponents on Villanova's schedule - in fact the only loss other than Fordham was Albany's demolition of Rhode Island (nothing spells CAA football like a 4 TD victory over hapless Rhody).

UConn barely snuck by Army and looked pretty anemic on offense again - the good news is that defense looks better than expected and with this weekend's win coming in the pouring rain, it's really hard to get a good read on the Villanova offense thus far.

One team not struggling for offense is JMU. The Dukes pasted Lehigh behind 269 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns. Vad Lee threw for a lot of yardage (334) but also threw an INT. So far, it's hard to argue against James Madison being the best team in the conference.

Towson took care of St. Francis (PA) thanks to 2 touchdowns for RB Darius Victor. It was another balanced attack for the Tigers with Conor Frazier finding the endzone through the air too.

In this week's somewhat confusing scoreline, Richmond barely escaped Hamption. The Pirates carved them up through the air, throwing for 4 touchdowns on the day.

Penn still hasn't started their season, while William & Mary and Maine were idle. In non-opponent CAA news, New Hampshire, Stony Brook and Elon all recorded wins.

Next Up: Delaware

We like to poke fun at Delaware's downward spiral in football basically anytime possible around here, but I'll give the Blue Hens credit for grinding one out over Lafayette over the weekend. The Leopards got destroyed by William & Mary in week 1, so it as awfully kind for the Chickens to make it an interesting game.

QB Joe Walker's 4-15, 58 yard passing line is cringeworthy, but Delaware did amass 257 yards on the ground with a running back by committee approach. Walker, Kareem Williams and Thomas Jefferson all averaged over 6 yards per carry in the win.

Unfortunately, that plays right in to the strength of the Villanova defense (and to be fair, they've looked really strong against the pass too).

The Battle of the Blue comes way earlier this year, which I'm still getting used to. Don't write off Delaware just yet, because weird stuff happens in rivalry games. Still, this has the makings of a game that Villanova should win by at least a couple of scores.