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Ranked opponents square off in six games

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The schedule-maker didn't make it easy early in the season for Richmond football rookie coach Latrell Scott.

The Spiders host Delaware on Saturday in the third straight difficult game to open Scott's career. The CAA Football showdown - the conference opener for both teams - is one of six games matching teams in The Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25.

Richmond (1-1) is ranked fifth and Delaware (3-0) seventh.

The Spiders opened the season with a 34-13 loss at the University of Virginia against their head coach of the 2008 and '09 seasons, Mike London. A week ago, the Spiders played their inaugural home game at renovated Robins Stadium and beat then-No. 7 Elon, 27-21, in overtime.

While Delaware quarterback Pat Devlin comes to town with credentials as a likely mid-round NFL Draft choice next year, and freshman tailback Andrew Pierce sits third in the FCS with 161.3 rushing yards per game, the defense has particularly fueled the Blue Hens.

Delaware has allowed only nine points all season to rank No. 1 nationally in scoring defense (three per game). The Blue Hens have allowed only 230.3 yards to rank third, so Aaron Corp will face a difficult task in his third game as Richmond's quarterback.

"If you look at it on defense these guys have good football players at all three levels," Scott said. "(On film) I watched their defensive line cause havoc for people and then I looked up and I didn't really realize that Matt Marcorelle was still there. He was there when I left (Richmond as an assistant coach after the 2007 season) and he a good player then and obviously they stood him up and he's playing linebacker, so he's making plays for those guys there. And in the secondary you've got Anthony Bratton, who's a Virginia kid who we know a lot about from the recruiting process. It's a solid defense; they make it tough for opposing offenses."

Delaware owns an 18-8 lead in the series, but Richmond has won four of the last five meetings, including 16-15 last year at Delaware.

Four of the other Top 25 matchups are non-conference games: No. 24 Penn (1-0) at No. 1 Villanova (2-1), No. 22 Liberty (2-1) at No. 3 James Madison (2-0), No. 21 South Dakota (2-1) at No. 18 North Dakota State (2-1), and No. 20 Cal Poly (2-1) at No. 19 McNeese State (1-1), 8 p.m. In the Big Sky Conference, No. 9 Eastern Washington (2-1, 1-0) visits No. 17 Montana State (2-1, 0-0).

09/24 15:17:49 ET