"We have to go to New Hampshire, where it has been very difficult to win, and they are one of the best teams in the country," Villanova coach Andy Talley said. "We have a lot of hurdles to get over."
Still, Villanova will provide plenty of obstacles for New Hampshire, starting with redshirt sophomore quarterback John Robertson, coming off arguably the best game of his career.
Robertson completed 17 of 18 passes for 182 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 150 yards and three TDs against Towson. He was named CAA offensive player of the week.
"I would say that ranks as one of the top one or two best performances by a Villanova quarterback in my time here," said Talley, now in his 29th season.
New Hampshire coach Sean McDonnell, whose team is coming off a 59-19 win over Rhode Island, said he thought Towson was the best CAA team until he saw the film of Villanova's win. And McDonnell knows the key to beating the Wildcats.
"It all starts offensively with Robertson," McDonnell said in a conference call. "He is one of the most talented if not the most talented quarterback in the league and he is doing it both running and throwing."
McDonnell said it's no picnic attempting to scheme on the other side of the ball, especially since Villanova is ninth among FCS schools in rushing defense, allowing 102.5 yards per game.
"It all starts up front with them, and [Antoine] Lewis and [Rakim] Cox are two of the best players in the league and dominant in their positions," McDonnell said.
Still, this is a New Hampshire team that led at Towson, 20-3, before suffering a 44-28 loss on Oct. 5, and one that is very dangerous.
New Hampshire is second in the CAA in scoring, averaging 37.6 points per game, and leading the league in rushing at 242.4 yards. Among the top 10 CAA rushers, New Hampshire junior Nico Steriti is averaging 6.5 yards per carry.
So there should be no letdown for Villanova.
"I hope we have something left in the tank," Talley said. "I know we will be getting their best game."