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Spider football hopes win gets them in playoffs

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FCS football has its own big dance - and the Spiders sit on the bubble.

Richmond faces off with William and Mary Saturday in the next installment of "the Oldest Rivalry in the South". The Spiders are 7-3, in one of the toughest leagues in the country.  They know they need a win to keep their postseason hopes alive, but there is a debate that win will be enough.

That's nothing the Spiders can worry about - they're going to do their best to finish a great season on the right foot.  After a winless year in the CAA and a coaching change, Danny Rocco admits that a postseason berth would mean that the Spiders "are back".

As for the Tribe, this will be their final game of the season, and all their playing for is pride and a chance to beat their rival.  This has been one of the worst seasons in Jimmye Laycock's 33 year career in Williamsburg, and if the Tribe falls Saturday, they'll lose 9 games in a season for the first time since 1980.

These two teams have played games that have gone down to the wire the past two meetings, with William & Mary getting the upper hand in both.  A win Saturday would give Laycock 22 career wins against the Spiders, and Rocco is the eighth different UR coach that he's faced.

Only three other FCS series have a longer history.  The teams have played 121 games against each other since 1898.

The Spiders have a chance to finish in a tie for the best record in the league, but none of the tiebreakers would give them the automatic bid to the tournament.  Currently, UNH and ODU are 6-1  (the Monarchs are not eligible for the CAA title, however), while James Madison, Richmond, Towson and Villanova are all 5-2.  The Spiders have beaten JMU and Villanova, and lost to New Hampshire and Old Dominion on the season.  ODU plays Madison this weekend, while UNH plays Towson. 

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