The Wildcats, who were idle last week, snapped the three-game losing streak with a 45-0 win at Rhode Island on Nov. 9. Now the Wildcats (5-5 overall, 4-3 CAA) will attempt to ruin things for a Delaware team competing for its playoff life.
"I think a playoff bid is out of the realm of possibility for us," said Talley, whose team has beaten the Blue Hens in six of the last seven games.
Villanova is still regarded highly. Despite their record, the Wildcats received the fifth-most votes of teams that didn't earn a spot in the Sports Network Top 25 poll.
Delaware (7-4, 4-3) received the second-most votes following the Top 25.
This has been a season of injuries and missed opportunities for Villanova. Other than a 2-9 hiccup in 2011, the Wildcats have been above .500 every season since 2006.
So now Villanova looks to end the season with a win over its biggest rival.
"We're looking for bragging rights in the area and to win the Battle of the Blue Trophy," Talley said, alluding to the prize that has gone to the winner of this game since 2007.
While a win wouldn't assure the Blue Hens of earning one of the 24 FCS playoff berths, a loss would almost surely eliminate them.
"I wouldn't anticipate a 7-5 team going to the playoffs," Delaware coach Dave Brock said. ". . . If we can win and take care of business, I think our resumé is pretty good and demands attention of the playoff committee, and we will find out."
Delaware averages 32.6 points and Villanova averages 30.2, so this should be a high-scoring game between teams with talented quarterbacks.
Villanova's John Robertson is a dangerous dual threat. He has rushed for 1,240 yards (6.7 average) and 19 touchdowns, while passing for 1,705 yards, 10 touchdowns, and six interceptions.
"Robertson is one of the elite players in the country," Brock said.
Delaware's Trent Hurley returned after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury to throw four touchdown passes in last week's 46-43 loss to visiting Richmond.
Hurley, a second-year transfer from Bowling Green, has passed for 1,976 yards, 20 touchdowns, and seven interceptions.