Saturday, December 27, 2014

Wild week ahead for 'Nova

The Colonial Athletic Association is still working on potential football tiebreaking procedures which could come into play to determine the conference's automatic Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth.

Wild week ahead for 'Nova

Villanova snapped No. 3-ranked Old Dominion´s six-game home winning streak. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)
Villanova snapped No. 3-ranked Old Dominion's six-game home winning streak. (H. Rumph Jr/AP file photo)

The Colonial Athletic Association is still working on potential football tiebreaking procedures which could come into play to determine the conference’s automatic Football Championship Subdivision playoff berth.

With one game remaining there are six teams within one game, although Old Dominion (6-1 CAA) isn’t eligible for the conference title because it will be leaving the league next season.

New Hampshire is 6-1 in the CAA, while Villanova, James Madison, Richmond and Towson are 5-2. The only easy scenario is if New Hampshire (8-2 overall, 6-1, CAA) defeats visiting Towson (6-4, 5-2), then the Wildcats would win the division and earn the automatic berth.

If not?

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“In the event Towson wins, we invoke 16 different scenarios,” CAA spokesman Scott Meyer said.

According to Meyer, the conference is still working on tiebreaking procedures.

If Towson wins and Villanova, James Madison and Richmond are victorious, then there would be a five-way tie.

Villanova (7-3, 5-2) visits Delaware (5-5, 2-5). James Madison (7-3, 5-2) hosts Old Dominion (9-1, 6-1), and Richmond (7-3, 5-2) visits William & Mary (2-8, 1-6).

“We have to win this game if we want to make the playoffs,” Villanova coach Andy Talley said on today’s CAA teleconference.

It is assumed that regardless of what happens that New Hampshire and Old Dominion have done enough to warrant one of the 20 FCS berths. There are 10 automatic berths and 10 at-large.

Estimates are that the CAA could get as many as four teams, but it would be difficult (but not impossible) to go above that level.

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In other news, Villanova sophomore linebacker Joey Harmon has been named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive player of the week.

Harmon had 2.5 sacks and six tackles in Saturday’s 35-20 win over James Madison. Both is his sacks went for a safety.

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Talley said that he won’t know about the availability of quarterback John Robertson until probably late Wednesday. He has to pass concussion tests after being hurt in Saturday’s 35-20.

Talley also said it’s too early to tell if receiver Norm White will play. White missed Saturday’s game with a sprained MCL.

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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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