Villanova will take the hour-long drive up I-476 this weekend to take on the Lehigh in the season-opener for both programs. The all-FCS matchup is a big change for the ‘Cats, as they have typically opened with a buy-game against an FBS opponent in recent years.
Lehigh doesn’t hold the promise of an easier matchup, however. The Mountain Hawks are ranked #17 in the preseason poll and are returning one of the best offenses in the country. That matchups up nicely with Villanova’s top-ranked defense from a year ago, and the Wildcats will be hoping they can open the 2017 season on the right foot.
A year ago, Villanova racked up 396 yards on the ground in a 26-21 come-from-behind victory. The rematch this year promises another great game. Here’s how to watch this Saturday’s afternoon’s Top-25 matchup.
Venue: Goodman Stadium (Bethlehem, Pa.)
Game Time: 12:30pm ET
TV: SE2 (Service Electric Cable - Lehigh Valley area)
Live Stream: Patriot League Network (7-day free trial available)
Pregame Tailgate - 9:45 a.m.
Alumni, parents and friends are invited to join the Villanova University Club of Lehigh Valley and the Villanova Football Club for a pregame tailgate when Villanova Football travels to Lehigh to open the 2017 season.
The Football Club asks that you register here if you plan to attend - they will be meeting in the East side of the L Lot, though you will receive an official communication once you register.