JMU & Villanova Set to Battle in College GameDay Showdown
The #1 ranked JMU football team plays host to #11 Villanova on Saturday. JMU is asking all fans to wear white for a White Out.
The Dukes are a perfect 6-0 and have won 17 straight games which is the longest current win streak in division one football.
Villanova is 4-2 and ranks third in total defense giving up an average 13.2 points per game. The Wildcats are allowing only 50 rushing yards per game.
JMU ranks fifth in scoring offense averaging 41.8 points per game.
ESPN's College GameDay will be broadcasting live from JMU from 9am-Noon on Saturday. It's the second time in the last three years the college football pregame show has come to JMU.
College GameDay was in Harrisonburg two years ago for JMU's 59-49 loss to Richmond.
"I don't have to sell them on anything because they experienced it two years ago," says head coach Mike Houston. "They've got a sour taste in their mouth from the experience last time when GameDay was here. The other thing we lean on is our experience in the National Championship game last year. Our whole focus is 100% about Villanova because that's the only thing that we have impact on. The player are not fans. They will be one day. They'll be alumni one day they'll be fans one day but right now, their job is to win a football game, so they are focused 100% on doing what we are supposed to do this weekend and that's try to find someway to beat Villanova."
"Well I think one thing is you remember that pain," says senior quarterback Bryan Schor. "For a lot of the younger guys, we felt what it was like to lose that game. For us now, we just focus on week-to-week."
"The best way to do it, you just don't bye into the hype of it really," says Stinnie. "You focus on the fact that GameDay is there for the fans. We have to focus on what we have to do. All we have to do is go and play the game."
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Marty Hudtloff is the Sports Director at WVIR-TV. He joined the NBC29 sports team in October of 2003. He has a degree in broadcast journalism from Bradley University. You can reach out to Marty via Email or Twitter.