HAMILTON, N.Y. (WKTV) - Watching the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff bracket unfold together in their locker room on Sunday night, the Colgate Raiders learned they will travel to Villanova in the first round. The game is Saturday, Nov. 29, at 1:00.
Both teams are unseeded in the 16-team field, which seeds only the top four teams. Colgate (9-2 overall, No. 22 in the FCS Coaches' Poll) is making its first NCAA playoff appearance in three years thanks to an automatic berth via the Patriot League championship. Villanova (9-2 overall, No. 7), which is located in the suburbs of Philadelphia and plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, received an at-large bid to make the tournament for the first time since 2002.
The matchup looks to be a good one, with the Raiders boasting the FCS' fifth-best rushing attack and the Wildcats boasting the FCS' sixth-best rushing defense.
Colgate's two losses this season were at Stony Brook and against Furman, which was ranked No. 23 at the time. Villanova's two losses were at West Virginia from the Football Bowl Subdivision and against the top-ranked team in the FCS, James Madison, which needed a 35-yard touchdown pass as time expired to win and which received the top seed in the tournament.
This will be the fifth time Colgate and Villanova have met on the gridiron, with the Wildcats leading the series 3-1. One of those meetings was in the 1997 playoffs, which Villanova won 49-28.
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