Opponent Preview: William & Mary

By Greg Barnes
Inside Carolina
Posted Oct 27, 2010 

Inside Carolina takes an in-depth look at William & Mary, as the Tar Heels welcome the Tribe to Kenan Stadium for the 15th meeting between these two programs on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30pm (ESPN3).

William & Mary Intro
Phil Steele ranked the Tribe as the No. 1 team in the country in his preseason FCS poll over fellow CAA member and defending national champion Villanova, raising some eyebrows in the land formerly known as Division I-AA territory. But head coach Jimmye Laycock, with 31 years, 34 All-Americans and more than 200 victories on his resume, has made the national football pundit look good through the first two months of the season. Following a season-opening loss at No. 20 Massachusetts, No. 3 William & Mary (6-1) has reeled off six straight victories, including wins over the sixth-ranked Wildcats and No. 5 Delaware during the month of October, and currently sit atop of the Colonial Athletic Association.

The Tribe thrives off its suffocating defense, which is allowing just 16.0 points per game, good for eighth nationally (FCS). Villanova and Delaware were both ranked in the top-20 nationally in rushing offense