Villanova football's road to the playoffs

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Villanova will be at Penn for their final nonleague game next Saturday. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

Villanova is currently 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association.

There are 20 FCS playoff bids, 10 automatic and 10 at-large. Eight of the 20 play Thanksgiving weekend with the rest receiving a first-round bye.

New Hampshire is 6-1 in the CAA and would earn the CAA automatic big with a win against Towson. Villanova, Towson, Richmond and James Madison are all 5-2. Old Dominion is 6-1 but ineligible for the CAA title (because it is leaving the conference after this year). However, ODU, which suffered its lone loss to Villanova, is considered a definite playoff team.

There are 16 possible scenarios in determining the CAA champion if New Hampshire looses to Towson. CAA Football’s final tiebreaker involves the application of Jeff Sagarin’s ELO _CHESS variance. The Division I FCS Committee will allow CAA Football the time necessary to determine its automatic qualifier using Sagarin’s most up-to-date ratings variance following all of the games played on Saturday.

The FCS field will be announced, 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

With so much parity in the country, the prevailing thought is that the CAA likely won’t have more than four playoff teams - and it could possibly be three.

Here are the games involving potential playoff teams:

Richmond (7-3, 5-2) at William & Mary (2-8, 1-6)

Villanova (7-3, 5-2) at Delaware (5-5, 2-5)

Towson (6-4, 5-2) at New Hampshire (8-2, 6-1)

Old Dominion (9-1, 6-1) at James Madison (7-3, 5-2)

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