Wildcats Open Season at Boston College on Saturday Afternoon
Aug 28, 2013
FULL COVERAGE OF SATURDAY'S GAME AT BOSTON COLLEGE
Game Notes: Villanova | Boston College | CAA
VILLANOVA, Pa.--The start of the 2013 season arrives on Saturday afternoon when Villanova takes on Boston College in Chestnut Hill in a nationally televised contest. Kickoff is scheduled for Noon and fans can watch the game live on ESPNEWS. Radio coverage is also available by tuning in to 610-AM WIP, with the broadcast also streaming live at Villanova.com.
As the new season begins the Wildcats are ranked in the top 10 of both FCS national polls, with a No. 5 ranking in the Sports Network poll and a No. 9 ranking in the FCS Coaches Poll. Villanova has reached postseason play in four of the last five years and ended the 2012 campaign ranked No. 15 by the Sports Network after appearing in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
There has been plenty of preseason attention for the Wildcats, who were picked as the favorites to win the CAA Football title. Senior defensive lineman Antoine Lewis (Somers Point, N.J.) and senior offensive lineman Dan Shirey (Feasterville, Pa.) were each named Preseason All-Americans by the Sports Network, with Lewis garnering first team accolades and Shirey being named to the third team.
Lewis is also on the Preseason Watch List for the Buck Buchanan Award and is one of six Villanova players named to the All-CAA Preseason Team. The other five include senior defensive end Rakim Cox (San Diego, Calif.), sophomore quarterback John Robertson (Paramus, N.J.), junior running back Kevin Monangai (Roseland, N.J.), senior offensive lineman Josh Bucci (Beaver, Pa.) and senior punter Mark Hamilton (Gaithersburg, Md.).
Saturday's game will mark the 18th time since 1988 and the ninth straight year that the Wildcats play an FBS opponent. Villanova last defeated an FBS foe when it edged Temple, 27-24, to open the 2009 national championship season.
The meeting between the Wildcats and the Eagles will be a renewal of a lengthy history between the two teams. Villanova and Boston College have met on the gridiron 45 previous times, which is the third most games that the Wildcats have played against any one opponent. The last game in the series took place in 1980 and featured a 20-9 win for Villanova, which was the home team in that game. Dating back to 1976, the Wildcats have won three of the last five meetings in an all-time series which dates back nearly 100 years. Boston College won the first-ever meeting, 15-3, on November 4, 1922.
Villanova head coach Andy Talley begins his 29th season leading the Wildcats and is just two wins short of 200 career Villanova victories. Talley is already the CAA Football record holder for career wins in conference games and has an overall record of 198-120-1 (.622) in his Wildcats tenure. His career record entering the 2013 season stands at 226-138-2 (.620).
Talley has a record of 14-14 in season openers during his time at Villanova, with 11 of the 14 losses coming to FBS opponents. In the history of Wildcats football, the team has a mark of 58-54-2 (.518) in season openers.