On Saturday, Villanova extended coach Andy Talley's career by at least one game with a 41-10 win at Delaware that secured a spot in the FCS playoffs.
On Sunday, the Wildcats (8-3, 6-2 Colonial Athletic Association) found out they'll be hosting St. Francis (7-4) in the first round at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Red Flash, who won the Northeast Conference, just lost at Wagner (6-5) to end a six-game win streak.
This will be the first tournament appearance for St. Francis (Loretto, Pa.), which won seven games for the second straight year. Before this, the program hadn't had a seven-victory season since 1971.
It's Talley's 12th trip to the postseason, and sixth in the last nine years. He'll be retiring after this, his 32nd season on the Main Line. He's 8-2 at home in the playoffs, 5-0 in openers. He won the national title in 2009 and reached the semifinals in 2002 and 2010.
The winner will go to eighth-seeded South Dakota State (8-3) on Dec. 3. The Jackrabbits have one of the eight opening byes in the 24-team field.
Villanova is in the same bracket as five-time defending champion North Dakota State (10-1), Carson Wentz's alma mater. So if the Wildcats get to the quarterfinals, that would be their likely destination.
"It's all good," Talley said. "At some point in the Delaware game, I got emotional on the sideline. That was the only time. I think I'm over that. To be home is a comfort zone for us. If we're fortunate enough to get past these guys, I've been on the road against tough teams in the playoffs before. I know what we're in for.
"We're still fighting. It's a really solid feeling. The thing about us is we have a good team. I think whoever's lining up against us is saying, 'That's not the team we want.'
"I don't really know much about (St. Francis). I watched some tape on them early in the season because we had games against the same opponents. Right now, it's a pat on the back to know you're one of the top 24 teams in the country. Now you have a chance to prove it and see how good you really are."
Zach Bednarczyk tied a career high with four touchdown passes against Delaware. He threw four times in the second half. Matt Gudzak rushed for a career-best 121 yards on 13 carries.
According to the St. Francis media guide, the Red Flash has played Villanova once, a 10-0 loss to end the 1938 season. The Villanova book lists no such game.
St. Francis lost at Towson (35-28) and Albany (20-9). The Wildcats beat both those teams at home (40-21 and 24-13).