The No. 7 Delaware Blue Hens (4-0, 3-0 CAA) and No. 10 Villanova Wildcats (2-1, 2-1) meet in a top 10 Colonial Athletic Association showdown to wrap up the 2021 spring schedule. Both are coming off double-digit victories in their last outings. The battle will decide the CAA North Division champion.
Saturday’s kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET inside Villanova Stadium. Delaware is a 6.5-point road favorite in the CAA showdown, according to the college football odds.
What to Know – Delaware Blue Hens
Delaware continues to climb the national polls, moving from No. 8 to No. 7 in this week’s STATS FCS Top 25 Poll. The Blue Hens have won their games by double digits, with an average margin of victory of 24.8 points.
The Blue Hens’ offense averages 34.2 points behind 400.0 yards of total offense per game. Delaware’s 35:05 time of possession ranks third in FCS. Defensively, Delaware ranks third nationally in scoring (9.5 points per game) and total defense (197.8 yards per game).
Junior quarterback Nolan Henderson has put together a solid spring under center for the Blue Hens, completing 62-of-92 passes for 718 yards, seven touchdowns, and two interceptions. Delaware averages 186.0 yards per game through the air.
Delaware has found success with the running game this spring, averaging 4.8 yards per carry and 214.0 yards per game on the ground. Senior running back Dejoun Lee has carried the ball 58 times for 450 yards and five touchdowns, racking up 330 yards rushing over the last two games.
Junior wide receiver Thyrick Pitts has led the Blue Hens in receiving in three of the four games played. On the season, Pitts leads Delaware in receptions (17), yards (264), and touchdowns (3).
The Blue Hens have one of the nation’s toughest defenses, with nine players with 10 or more tackles through four games. Delaware does a good job causing turnovers, with six interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.
What to Know – Villanova Wildcats
Villanova is at home for the first time since March 13, and the Wildcats will bring a formidable opponent to the table. Last week, the Wildcats’ contest was canceled, so the last time we saw Villanova was the week prior in a 44-17 rout of Maine.
The Wildcats are behind the Blue Hens in scoring offense, averaging 32.3 points and 419.7 yards of total offense per game. Villanova’s defense concedes 23.3 points and 386.0 yards of offense per game to the opposition.
Villanova drops back to pass over 30 times a game, averaging 205.7 yards through the air. Junior quarterback Daniel Smith is the starter, throwing 534 yards on 44-of-86 passing with a pair of touchdowns and one interception.
Like the Blue Hens, the Wildcats like to keep the ball on the ground, racking up 214.0 yards per game. Senior running back Justin Covington has been unstoppable over the spring season, carrying the ball 26 times for 233 yards (9.0 yards per carry) and scoring six touchdowns.
Sophomore wideout Rayjoun Pringle is the go-to man on the outside. Pringle is the team leader in receptions (15) and yards (226) and has hauled in the Wildcats’ only two touchdown receptions.
The Wildcats aren’t nearly as aggressive on defense as their opponent, but Villanova still has a solid defensive unit with seven players with 10 or more stops. Villanova has forced four turnovers and sacked the quarterback five times.
The Pick Is In
Both offenses are sound and like to control the clock. Delaware has the edge defensively, which has led the Blue Hens’ success this spring. Villanova is good, but Delaware is just better. When doing your college football betting, go with Delaware to win and cover in this one.