Villanova is now ranked No. 24 in the latest Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll, but coach Andy Talley won’t allow his team to look too far ahead or dwell on recent national attention.
The Wildcats bounced back from a 28-17 loss to Richmond in Saturday’s convincing 38-14 win at previously unbeaten and No. 3 ranked Old Dominion.
"Some think we can be a playoff team and there are others who just aren’t sure," Talley said. "I haven’t worried about that."
He understands after going 2-9 last year that the Wildcats (5-2) just have to keep playing consistent football. Talley also realizes that the Wildcats schedule won’t allow them to relax.
Three of the final four regular season games are against teams currently in the top 25 – No. 18 Towson, No. 2 James Madison and No. 25 Delaware.
The only non-ranked team left is this week’s game at Georgia State (1-6). And even Georgia State is coming off a 41-7 win over Rhode Island.
"Georgia State has a quality running back who rushed for over 200 yards," Talley said, referring to Donald Russell, who gained 201 yards (9.6 average) and scored twice in last week’s win. "We have to prove we can handle a big, strong running team like Georgia State."
So even though everybody feels good about things, the Wildcats with plenty of upcoming challenges, aren’t about to become complacent.
"We have to definitely stay humble and go out there and play our best," said quarterback John Robertson, who was named the Sports Network National Freshman of the Week after rushing for 189 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 151 yards and another score. "It doesn’t matter what our record is, we are taking things one game at a time."