Nov. 19, 2012
PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--In the new national poll that was released by the Sports Network on Monday afternoon Villanova (8-3, 6-2 CAA) moved up two spots to No. 14 in the country. This is the highest ranking of the season for the Wildcats and marks the second straight week that Villanova has moved up multiple spots in the top 25 ranking.
In the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon the Wildcats registered a 41-10 road win at Delaware and claimed the Battle of the Blue trophy for the sixth time in seven years. Villanova broke open a close game with 24 points in the fourth quarter to notch its fourth consecutive win at Delaware Stadium, a new record for the Wildcats in the all-time series versus the Blue Hens.
Villanova used the victory over Delaware to claim a share of the CAA championship and the Wildcats also earned the league's automatic bid to the Division I Football Championship, where Villanova will play No. 10 Stony Brook in the first round this coming Saturday. The Wildcats are making their fourth playoff appearance in the last five years.
Earlier this season Villanova broke into the national rankings for the first time on October 15 after a 38-14 win over then-No. 3 Old Dominion. One week later the Wildcats moved up to No. 19 in the nation after defeating Georgia State, 49-24.
Following a loss to then-No. 23 Towson on October 27 the Wildcats fell to No. 21 in the polls but over the past two weeks Villanova has moved up a total of seven spots. Last week the Wildcats were No. 16 after a 35-20 victory over then-No. 9 James Madison and the most recent win over Delaware enabled Villanova to leap another two spots.
So far this season Villanova is 2-1 against nationally-ranked opponents. In its two games against foes ranked in the top 10 in the nation the Wildcats have a +39 scoring margin which includes the victories over Old Dominion and James Madison.
The No. 14 ranking for the Wildcats is their highest position in the Sports Network Top 25 since the 2011 preseason poll.