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Villanova vs. Morgan State: 3 Things To Know About The Bears

A mid-season out of conference game? What is this strange feeling?

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#5/4 Villanova (6-1, 4-0) will host Morgan State (4-3, 3-1) this Saturday afternoon at Villanova Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30pm ET, and will be followed by the Blue & White Scrimmage at the Pavilion. Hopefully that means a strong turnout from the home fans.

The Bears represent a rare out-of-conference game for Villanova at this point in the season. They ply their trade in the MEAC, a relatively weak conference save Bethune-Cookman. Still the Bears have been competitive this season, with five of their games being decided by three points or less.

Here's three things to know about the Bears:

Lee Hull is having a nice first year as head coach

Having spent the previous six season on the Maryland Terrapins coaching staff. He comes with a reputation of developing some great college receivers, so it's interesting to see the Bears relying so heavily on the running game. That may just come down to personnel.

Regardless of style of play, it's hard to argue with the results so far. After starting the season 0-2 (losing each game by 3 points each), Hull has gone 3-1, with the lone loss coming to Norfolk State 15-14. He's keeping his team in the game despite a completely one-dimensional attack.

Robertson won't be the only Payton candidate on the field

Running back Herb Walker Jr. joins John Robertson on the Walter Payton Watch List, and for good reason. The sophomore has gone over 100 yards rushing five times thus far, and gone over 200 yards twice. Overall, he's averaging 5.6 ypc and has 10 touchdowns on the year.

The Wildcats defense struggled a bit against the run last week, allowing over 150 yards on the ground to Mikal Abdul-Saboor and Kendell Anderson. They'll need to shore up their assignments this week unless they want to get burned again.

Robert Council is better on the ground than through the air

The senior quarterback has plenty of experience - this will be his 37th career game - but he's historically not been very efficient through the air. He completed just 53% of his passes last year and has taken a step back this season to 44.6%. Despite the poor completion percentage, he has thrown 7 touchdowns this season without throwing an interception.

The story changes dramatically on the ground for Council. He's averaged 4.9 ypc en route to 508 yards rushing through 7 games. He's also found the endzone 6 times on the year. All told he's a decent compliment to Walker in the Bears' rushing attack.