Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Bridgeforth Stadium, Harrisonburg, Va.
TV/radio: FloFootball; ESPN-AM (610)
Records: Villanova, 6-0 overall, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association; James Madison, 5-1, 2-0 Colonial Athletic Association
Coaches: Villanova, Mark Ferrante (16-12, 3rd season); James Madison, Curt Cignetti (career 72-27, James Madison 5-1, 1st season)
Last meeting: Oct. 13, 2018, James Madison, 37-0
Series: James Madison leads, 16-11
Villanova’s rushing attack, one that averages 235.7 yards per game, took a hit last week when junior Justin Covington, the FCS’ second-leading runner, left the game early with an ankle injury. With head coach Mark Ferrante being “not overly optimistic” that Covington will play against James Madison, it will likely be up to freshmen DeWill Barlee and T.D. Ayo-Durojaiye to face the Colonial’s top-ranked run defense. The first-year tandem is capable, so don’t expect the Wildcats to abandon the run. But it will likely be up to sure-handed quarterback Daniel Smith, who has thrown for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns with three interceptions, to keep the offense moving.