CAA showdown on tap Saturday as Villanova visits JMU

Villanova head coach Mark Ferrante
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It should be one of the top games of the year to this point in FCS on Saturday as 6-0 Villanova visits 5-1 James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association action.

The Wildcats, now ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation, are coming off a 35-28 road win over William and Mary this past weekend.

"Forrest is just a do-everything-right, high-motor guy," Ferrante said. "He definitely stepped up and played well (against William and Mary). He was co-Defensive Player of the Week in our league this week, so he did a phenomenal job there. His stat line was really impressive."

James Madison is ranked No. 2 in the country. The Dukes have won five straight after a seven-point road loss to West Virginia of FBS in their opener. James Madison averages more than 41 points a game, while allowing just under 17. Last week the Dukes needed overtime to beat Stony Brook, 45-38.

"They are very similar to us," Ferrante said. "They have a really good running game, real good balanced attack. Ben DiNucci, their quarterback, is the most efficient passer in the league right now (completing 72.4% of his throws). So they are very effective when they do throw the ball, even though they don't throw it a ton. So real good, balanced attack; real good, aggressive defense that gets to the ball. And their kicking game's solid. It's hard to find a weakness. They're going to be home and the crowd's going to be amped up, so our guys will be excited to go down there and I know we're going to be looking forward to the challenge."

Last season, these two teams met on the Main Line with JMU picking up an easy 37-0 win.

Saturday's game will kick off at 1:30 p.m.

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