Villanova @ Stephen F. Austin
by, 12-04-2010 at 04:01 PM (1843 Views)
The matchup between defending national champion Villanova and Stephen F. Austin is like a clash of cultures, as well as divergent teams.
You have the all-business Wildcats going against the fun-loving Lumberjacks.
SFA, led by quarterback Jeremy Moses, found their way around the bar scene last year in the quarterfinals at Missoula, Mt. and were whacked 51-0 by Montana.
The Lumberjacks committed 10 turnovers that day.
A couple of weeks later, Villanova was all business when it met Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision title game. Then the Wildcats went out and ground out a 23-21 victory over the Grizzlies.
This year, SFA rolled through the regular season for the first back-to-back Southland Conference crowns in school history, while Villanova struggled through an injury-plagued campaign.
But the Wildcats beat arch-rival and then-top-ranked Delaware in the final game of the regular season to squeeze into the 20-team field with an at-large berth.
On the field, SFA is the consumate run and gun, wide-open passing team, while Villanova like to pound teams into submission behind what James Madison coach Mickey Matthews called "the best offensive line in CAA history" earlier this season.
It is definitely a matchup of contrasts and should be a great game today at SFA.