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Villanova football's road to the playoffs

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.

Villanova football's road to the playoffs

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

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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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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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