Friday, November 20, 2015

Capital Cup in 12 Hours!

Tomorrow will mark the 125th gridiron clash between William and Mary and the University of Richmond.    The teams first played in 1898, and Richmond prevailed 15-0.  (The Tribe went 1-1 for the 1898 "season.")  Indeed, William and Mary lost the first four meetings between the two teams, before steadying itself with a 15-6 victory in 1904.  Overall William and Mary holds a slight edge in the series, with a 61-58-5 record, but Richmond has won 8 of the last 10 meetings between the two teams.   (For a collection of "All Time Game Results," updated in 2014, go here.)  Kickoff is at noon in Richmond.

As previously noted, the W&M v. Richmond rivalry is tied with the Minnesota/Wisconsin rivalry as the fourth most prolific college football rivalry and the most prolific in the South. Once known as the I-64 Bowl, in honor of the interstate highway that links the two cities, the game has been known as the "Capital Cup" since 2009. The name reflects the fact that Williamsburg preceded Richmond as the Commonwealth's capital. (See this post for a photo of the cup.) Since the schools renamed the series, Richmond leads 4-2.

The Capital Cup is not the only accolade at stake tomorrow.  If victorious, the Tribe, currently ranked 7th in FCS and 93rd overall in college football, will end the season with a 9-2 record, sole possession of the CAA title and presumably a spot in the FCS playoffs.  (The Tribe earned an exclusive conference title in 1996, winning the Yankee Conference after a 9-2 season.)     For a detailed preview of tomorrow's game, read this post on the William and Mary Sports Blog as well as the "game notes" prepared by the William and Mary Athletics Department.  (See here for notes prepared by the Richmond Athletics Department.)

Twenty games in this series have been decided by 3 or fewer points, and the William and Mary Sports Blog is predicting a 34-31 W&M victory.  Look for a close, exciting and high scoring game tomorrow.  Go Tribe!