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Looking Ahead: How Villanova Football opponents fared in Week 3

Not a great week for the opponents.

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Villanova Schedule Week 3 Opponent Score Season Record
Connecticut Huskies Missouri Tigers L, 9-6 2-1
Fordham Rams Columbia Rams W, 44-24 2-1
Delaware Blue Hens Villanova Wildcats L, 28-21 1-2
Penn Quakers Lehigh Mountain Hawks L, 42-21 0-1
William & Mary Tribe Virginia Cavaliers L, 35-29 1-1
Albany Great Danes James Madison L, 42-28 1-2
Towson Tigers Holy Cross Crusaders W, 29-26 2-1
Maine Black Bears Tulane Green Wave L, 38-7 0-2
Rhode Island Rams Harvard Crimson L, 41-10 0-3
Richmond Spiders Virginia Military Keydets W, 42-10 2-1
James Madison Dukes Albany Great Danes W, 42-28 3-0
Villanova Opponent Week 3 Record: 4-7; Villanova Opponent Cumulative Record: 14-15

A couple better-late-than-never FBS matchups this week somewhat limited Villanova's opponents. William & Mary gave Virginia (who in fairness was probably lagging a bit after a tough loss to ND) quite the game, and fell late. Villanova luckily gets a long week after Penn and a bye before hosting the Tribe, but that is looking like the second toughest game on the schedule early on.

Maine's second FBS game of the season vs. Tulane didn't go much better than the first, with the Green Wave romping through them 38-7. UConn lost a tough one on the road against Missouri, and the Huskies D continues to look very good.

James Madison has to be the odds-on favorite to win the CAA at this point, especially with John Robertson's prognosis looking quite bad. The Dukes crushed Albany and don't look like they'll be slowed down anytime soon.

Towson and Richmond both recorded victories in very different fashions. The Spiders destroyed lowly VMI, while the Tigers had to hang on in a nail-biter vs. Holy Cross. It's tough to figure out the Tigers early on.

Rhode Island pulled a full-on Rhody in a beatdown at the hands of Harvard. I don't know whether to feel bad or not for the Rams at this point, but I'm happy they are on the schedule.

Keep an eye on Stony Brook as a contender - they walloped New Hampshire who was considered a Top 10 team entering the season. Elon lost to North Carolina A&T, so they'll be hanging with Rhody most of the season.

Next Up: Penn

Because of the Ivy League's shortended schedule, the Quakers kicked off their 2015 campaign last weekend with a loss to Lehigh. You'll remember the Mountain Hawks got pounded by JMU a couple of weeks ago, but they're still a solid football program.

Lehigh didn't have any trouble either through the air, or on the ground vs. Penn. That bodes well for Zach Bednarczyk who will be making his first career start in the comfy confines of Villanova Stadium.

Penn did show some ability to move the ball on offense. Alex Torgersen had two very long touchdowns through the air en route to 336 yards passing, and Tre Solomon averaged over 8 yards per carry on the ground. Keep an eye on WR Justin Watson. He's got great size at 6'3" 210 pounds and went off against Lehigh with 10 catches for 143 yards and a 74-yard touchdown.

It's crazy to think, but this may be a pretty nice test for the Villanova defense.