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Early surprises in CAA square off

Villanova, PA (Sports Network) - Villanova and Richmond meet on Saturday for the 31st time in a series which dates back to 1955.

This year's contest has a little more interest because each team has taken a big step in what was thought to be a rebuilding season. Through the season's first five games, Villanova has exceeded and Richmond matched its win total from last year.

After an early 0-1 start, Villanova has won four straight games and has a chance to remain perfect in CAA play, having already defeated Rhode Island and Maine. Coach Andy Talley's squad, which was 2-9 last season, has had success thanks to its conference-leading run game.

Three Wildcats are in the top 10 in rushing in the CAA, led by conference leader Kevin Monangai (102.8 ypg)

Under first-year head coach Danny Rocco, Richmond looks like a completely different team compared to last year's 3-8 squad which was winless in CAA play. The Spiders have opened the start with a 3-2 mark and quarterback John Laub has played very well in his first year as a true starter.

Richmond is 1-1 in the conference after a late rally last week came up short at Old Dominion.

Villanova has a 21-9 series advantage.

Saturday's game kicks off at 6 p.m. ET

10/05 05:03:13 ET

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Scoreboard
MLB
Final
BAL 5
TOR 2
Final
NYM 5
MIA 6
Final
TAM 1
NYY 0
Final
ATL 2
WAS 4
Final
CHC 1
CIN 0
Final
KAN 4
CWS 3
Final
HOU 3
CLE 1
Final
MIN 6
DET 8
Final
COL 3
LOS 11
Final
ARI 6
SFG 2
Final
ANA 8
SEA 1
Final
SDP 1
PHI 0
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
BOS
 
7:05pm Tonight
BAL
TOR
 
7:10pm Tonight
NYM
MIA
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
ATL
WAS
 
8:05pm Tonight
CHC
CIN
 
8:10pm Tonight
KAN
CWS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
CLE
 
8:10pm Tonight
MIN
DET
 
8:15pm Tonight
STL
MIL
 
8:40pm Tonight
COL
LOS
 
9:40pm Tonight
ARI
SFG
 
10:05pm Tonight
ANA
SEA
 
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OAK
TEX
 
10:10pm Tonight
SDP
PHI
 
Final
IND 27
PHI 30