Villanova, Pa. -
The Villanova Wildcats are ranked 8th in the 2017 Athlon Sports FCS Top 25. Villanova is one of five teams from the CAA to be ranked in the poll.
Villanova returns 15 starters from last year’s team that went 9-4 overall and advanced to the second round of the NCAA playoffs. The Wildcats will be looking for their seventh playoff appearance in the last 10 years in 2017.
The other four CAA teams ranked in the Top 25 include James Madison at No. 2, Richmond at No. 7, New Hampshire at No. 11 and Albany at No. 20.
Villanova opens the 2017 season on Sept. 2, with a game at Lehigh. Kickoff is set for 12:30 p.m. The home opener is set for Sept. 16 against Lafayette.