Andy Talley is concerned.

Never mind that the Villanova football coach has a five-game winning streak against William and Mary. Disregard how his Wildcats dominated and frustrated the Tribe in a 28-17 victory on Oct. 3. The game was more lopsided than the final score would indicate.

But Talley spoke as if Villanova were playing the Indianapolis Colts in Friday's 8 p.m. Football Championship Subdivision semifinal game at Villanova Stadium.

"I think it is the hottest football team in the country, right now," he said of sixth-ranked William and Mary (11-2).

Talley added that the Tribe were a very tough draw for his second-ranked Wildcats (12-1).

"They are playing with reckless abandon," he said. "They have a swagger about them. And they are a committed football team."

The Tribe have won seven of eight games since losing to Villanova. The lone loss was a 13-10 heartbreaker to Richmond. Richmond's Andrew Howard kicked a 48-yard field goal as time expired.

The Tribe have since won two postseason games by a combined score of 62-3. Last week's opponent - Southern Illinois - was the nation's top-ranked team and No. 1 seed in the postseason but fell, 24-3.

"I don't know if we are so much a different team," William and Mary quarterback R. J. Archer said. "I personally don't think we played our best game when we played up there the first time."

During that Colonial Athletic Association game, the Tribe had a slow start and struggled to produce touchdowns.

The Wildcats scored on a flea-flicker on the first play from scrimmage. The play ended with quarterback Chris Whitney's 57-yard touchdown pass to wideout Brandyn Harvey.

Villanova led, 14-0, after a 5-yard touchdown run by wideout Matt Szczur with 14 minutes, 54 seconds left in the second quarter. Playing from behind, William and Mary was forced to abandon its balanced offense.

As a result, Archer completed 33 of 55 passes for 354 yards and a late touchdown to go with an interception.

The Tribe came away with only two field goals and that touchdown during five trips to the red zone. William and Mary also kicked a 44-yard field goal in the second quarter.

"I don't think we changed a whole lot in what we are doing scheme-wise," William and Mary coach Jimmye Laycock said of his team's progress since that game. "I just think the players have had more experiences in some very tough game, and they learned from it."

Villanova will find out how much they learned Friday night.

Contact staff writer Keith Pompey at 610-313-8029 or kpompey@phillynews.com.