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Villanova Football announces 2017 schedule

A big change at the top of the schedule is the highlight.

Villanova Football kickoff vs. Delaware (credit Matt Gregory) Matt Gregory

The Villanova Wildcats football program has announced their 2017 football schedule, though time and TV availability are still to be announced.

The big change? Villanova will not open the season against FBS opposition for the first time since 2003. Instead, they’ll head to Lincoln Financial Field to face Temple for the first time since 2012 in a renewal of the Mayor’s Cup series.

Here’s the full schedule:

Villanova Wildcats 2017-18 Football Schedule.csv

Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
Date Opponent / Event Location Time / Result
9/2/2017 at�Lehigh Mountain Hawks Bethlehem, Pa. TBA
9/9/2017 at�Temple Owls Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
9/16/2017 vs.�Lafayette Leopards Villanova, Pa. TBA
9/23/2017 at�Albany Great Danes Albany, N.Y. TBA
9/30/2017 at�Towson Tigers Towson, Md. TBA
10/7/2017 vs.�Maine Black Bears Villanova, Pa. TBA
10/14/2017 at�James Madison Dukes Harrisonburg, Va. TBA
10/28/2017 vs.�Elon Phoenix Villanova, Pa. TBA
11/4/2017 vs.�Richmond Spiders Villanova, Pa. TBA
11/11/2017 at�Rhode Island Rams Kingston, R.I. TBA
11/18/2017 vs.�Delaware Blue Hens Villanova, Pa. TBA

On first pass, this is a workable schedule. Villanova will play the exact same teams as last season - missing New Hampshire, Stony Brook and William & Mary - which is a good draw.

Not starting the season with a body-blow against an FBS team is a subtle move that should help as well. At Lehigh won’t be a pushover game, but it should allow the team to get their legs under them before they face a big task in week 2.