by Matt Lincoln
WILLIAMSBURG, VA (WWBT) - William and Mary and Richmond have a historic rivalry - but recent history has been dominated by the Spiders. That's what the Tribe is looking to change Saturday, by winning the 120th installment of "The Oldest Rivalry in the South".
Richmond has won five straight over the Tribe - so no current players on the William & Mary roster have beaten the Spiders. W&M is looking to do that, and also book their ticket to the postseason. With a win, they will clinch at least second place in the CAA, and possibly earn a first place tie if Delaware was to lose. Two weeks ago, the Tribe looked like they were sitting pretty as the top-ranked team in the country. But after a loss to James Madison last week, the Tribe does not want to end the season with two straight losses.
William and Mary would love to take advantage of Richmond's propensity to give the ball up. UR is sixth from the bottom of the country in turnovers - they've given the ball up an amazing 30 times this year. William and Mary is sixth from the top - having only surrendered 10 TO's. The issue for the William and Mary defense is they've only forced 17, and will look to turn up the pressure Saturday.
Both teams have had issues at quarterback this season, and the Tribe will once again have Mike Callahan, the opening game starter, back to lead the offense. The depth chart is dicey, as Jimmye Laycock said today that Mike Paulus and Brent Caprio will probably not be able to play.
Kickoff is 3:30 on Saturday in Williamsburg. Tickets are all ready sold out.