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2018 Villanova Wildcats football team

The 2018 Villanova Wildcats football team represented Villanova University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Mark Ferrante and played their home games at Villanova Stadium. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. They finished the season 5–6, 2–6 in CAA play to finish in a tie for tenth place.

2018 Villanova Wildcats football
Villanova Wildcats logo.svg
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2018 record5–6 (2–6 CAA)
Head coachMark Ferrante (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorSam Venuto (20th season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Trainer (2nd season)
Home stadiumVillanova Stadium
(Capacity: 12,500)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Maine $^   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 James Madison ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 16 Stony Brook ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 20 Towson ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 24 Delaware ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 19 Elon ^   4 3         6 5  
Rhode Island   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   3 4         4 6  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Villanova   2 6         5 6  
Richmond   2 6         4 7  
Albany   1 7         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Wildcats finished the 2017 season 5–6, 3–5 in CAA play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place.

PreseasonEdit

CAA PollEdit

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 24, 2018, the Wildcats were predicted to finish in sixth place.[1]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 James Madison 241 (21)
2 New Hampshire 206 (2)
3 Delaware 182
4 Stony Brook 169
5 Elon 168 (1)
6 Villanova 164
7 Richmond 127
8 Maine 81
9 Albany 78
10 Towson 74
11 William & Mary 55
12 Rhode Island 39

Preseason All-CAA TeamEdit

The Wildcats had two players selected to the preseason all-CAA team including quarterback Trevor Knight being selected as offensive player of the year.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 p.m.at Temple*No. 19ESPNewsW 19–1732,357
September 812:30 p.m.at Lehigh*No. 12StadiumW 31–95,104
September 153:30 p.m.TowsonNo. 10FCS/FSGOL 35–455,719
September 226:00 p.m.Bucknell*No. 15
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
W 49–79,341
September 296:00 p.m.at No. 18 Stony BrookNo. 13FCS/FSGOL 27–297,720
October 63:30 p.m.at No. 25 MaineNo. 19FCSL 10–136,894
October 131:00 p.m.No. 6 James Madison
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
FCS/FSGOL 0–375,219
October 273:30 p.m.New Hampshire 
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveL 0–343,919
November 33:00 p.m.at RichmondNBCS WAW 45–218,117
November 101:00 p.m.William & Mary
  • Villanova Stadium
  • Villanova, PA
FCS/FSGOL 17–244,105
November 1712:00 p.m.at No. 17 DelawareNBCS PHIL/SNYW 42–2118,752
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

at TempleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wildcats 13 0 0 6 19
Owls 3 7 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–16–2 2017 L, 13–16

at LehighEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Wildcats 7 13 11 0 31
Mountain Hawks 3 0 0 6 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–5 2017 W, 38–35

TowsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 21 14 7 3 45
No. 10 Wildcats 14 7 7 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–6 2017 L, 9–24

BucknellEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 0 7 0 0 7
No. 15 Wildcats 28 14 0 7 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–11–2 2005 W, 38–10

at Stony BrookEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Wildcats 7 14 0 6 27
No. 18 Seawolves 0 6 17 6 29
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2013 L, 6–35

at MaineEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wildcats 3 0 7 0 10
No. 25 Black Bears 0 3 7 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–9 2017 W, 31–0

James MadisonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Dukes 6 10 14 7 37
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–15 2017 L, 8–30

New HampshireEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
UNH Wildcats 10 14 7 3 34
Nova Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–12 2013 L, 28–29

at RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 7 13 18 7 45
Spiders 0 7 7 7 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–13 2017 L, 0–22

William & MaryEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tribe 0 14 10 0 24
Wildcats 0 7 0 10 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
15–16–1 2014 W, 35–31

at DelawareEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 7 7 14 42
No. 17 Fightin' Blue Hens 7 0 14 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–21–1 2017 W, 28–17

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 19 12 10 15 13–T 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches 19 11 10 14 14 19 25 RV NR NR NR NR NR

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Washburn, Rob (July 24, 2018). "James Madison Favored To Win Fourth Straight CAA Football Title in 2018". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  2. ^ "2018 Villanova Football Schedule". Villanova. Retrieved 2018-05-09.