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Villanova with big challenge; Penn still aiming for 1st Ivy win

Villanova (4-3, 2-2 CAA) vs. Elon (6-1, 4-0 CAA)
Villanova Stadium, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Saturday, 3:30 p.m.

Last time out
Villanova lost to James Madison, 30-8, on Oct. 14.

Elon beat Rhode Island, 35-34, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Villanova has allowed just 49 rushing yards per game this season. The Wildcats boast a strong scoring defense, as well, with the second-best unit in the CAA, allowing only 15.6 points per game.

Elon’s key to winning the game is to keep its high-powered rushing attack going. The Phoenix average 193 yards on the ground, second in the CAA, and are led by junior running back Malcolm Summers, who has rushed for 755 yards this season on 134 attempts, good for 5.6 yards per carry. This game will be won between the tackles and in the trenches.

Series history
This is the second meeting between the teams. Villanova won, 42-7, last season. 

What’s next?
Villanova hosts Richmond.

Elon hosts Towson.

Penn (2-4, 0-3 Ivy) at Brown (2-4, 0-3 Ivy)
Brown Stadium, Providence, Rhode Island
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.

Last time out
Penn lost to Yale, 24-19, last Saturday.

Brown lost on the road to Cornell, 34-7, last Saturday.

Scouting report
Both Penn and Brown are winless in the Ivy League this season and are struggling to keep its seasons together. Both defenses are struggling, as well. Penn has the second-worst scoring defense in the league and Brown has the worst. Penn allows 31.2 points per game and Brown allows 32.2 points per game. Both are in the bottom two in total defense, as well, each allowing more than 440 yards per game. 

This one will be a high-scoring affair and look for Penn to establish the run game early in an attempt to get its first win in the Ivy League this season.

Series history
This is the 86th meeting between the teams. The Quakers hold a 60-23-2 advantage and Penn has won the last two editions.

What’s next?
Penn hosts Princeton.

Brown is at Yale.