Sep 19, 2013, 10:32 AM EST
As one of the nation’s premier FCS conferences, CAA Football certainly has no shortage of news and notes from around the league. See below for some of the latest storylines coming out of our 11 programs heading into this weekend’s eight matchups.
- Two CAA Football teams have claimed victories over FBS opponents so far this season (Towson 33, UConn 18; Maine 24, UMass 14).
- The league has earned at least one FBS win in seven of the last eight seasons.
- CAA Football leads the nation with a season-high seven teams ranked in this week’s FCS Coaches Poll. The league boasts an FBS-best six teams in The Sports Network Top 25. Towson leads the league with its program-high No. 4 (TSN)/3 (Coaches) ranking, with Maine entering the Coaches Poll for the first time this fall at No. 25.
- Another pair of schools in Delaware and William & Mary are receiving votes in both polls (Maine is receiving votes in the TSN Poll).
- Seven of CAA Football’s eight games this weekend feature at least one league squad that is either ranked or receiving votes.
- CAA Football is the only FCS conference to have ever had six or more teams ranked in either national poll in a single week.
4/3 TOWSON (3-0, 0-0 CAAFB) at NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL (2-1, 0-0 MEAC)
- Towson is outscoring opponents 132-31 through its first three games.
- The Tigers boast a plus-six turnover ratio after turning the ball over twice while forcing eight.
- Towson’s current seven-game winning streak is its longest since 1984 when it won its first seven games.
- NCCU forced seven turnovers in their 40-13 win over Charlotte last week.
- Eagles sophomore Adrian Wilkins had a 100-yard kick return for a TD, NCCU’s second-longest return ever.
- NCCU rookie Michael Jones is tied for the FCS lead in interceptions with three picks for 115 return yards.
16/12 STONY BROOK (1-1, 1-0 CAAFB) at VILLANOVA (0-2, 0-0 CAAFB)
- SBU prevailed, 20-10, in the programs’ only previous meeting in the 2012 FCS Playoffs First Round.
- The Seawolves’ five-overtime loss to Buffalo on Saturday marked longest game in program history.
- SBU senior QB Lyle Negron became the Seawolves’ first 300-yard passer since 2004 in the loss.
- Villanova will look to bounce back from a pair of season-opening losses in Saturday’s home-opener.
- Nova has committed seven turnovers in two games, which they have lost by a combined 13 points.
- Wildcats special teams threat Jamal Abdur-Rahman had a career-long 55-yard kick return against Fordham.
rv/25 MAINE (3-0, 0-0 CAAFB) at NORTHWESTERN (3-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
- Maine is 3-0 for the first time since 2002 after a 35-22 win over Bryant last week.
- The Black Bears entered the FCS Coaches Top 25 for the first time in 2013 with their No. 25 ranking.
- Maine senior QB Marcus Wasilewski equaled a career high with four touchdown passes against Bryant.
- Northwestern is 3-0 for the third time in the last four seasons and for the fourth time in six years.
- The Wildcats are riding a 15-game winning streak against nonconference foes dating back to 2007.
- Wildcats junior RB Treyvon Green has scored a pair of TDs in all three games and leads NU with 117.7 rushing ypg.
WAGNER (1-2, 0-0 NEC) at rv/rv DELAWARE (2-1, 0-0 CAAFB)
- Delaware’s 51-7 loss to Navy was the first for new head coach Dave Brock.
- UD finished with 336 total yards on offense against the Mids, but committed three turnovers.
- The Blue Hens got their lone touchdown on a 17-yard strike from Trent Hurley to TE Ryan Cobb.
- Wagner’s 54-0 loss to Syracuse marked its most points allowed since 2009.
- Seahawks senior All-America RB Dominique Williams was held to 34 yards on 17 carries against Syracuse.
- Wagner junior QB Matt Misley is also the Seahawks’ punter, punting 11 times against the Orange.
CHARLOTTE (2-1, Independent) at 17/16 JAMES MADISON (2-1, 0-0 CAAFB)
- James Madison scored 21 second-half points to rally past Saint Francis (Pa.), 24-20, on Saturday.
- Saturday’s game is the third of seven at home for the Dukes in 2013.
- Dukes senior WR/PR Dae’Quan has now opened the season with three straight 100-yard rushing games.
- A new program in 2013, Charlotte had seven turnovers in last week’s 40-13 loss to North Carolina Central.
- The 49ers had season highs of 106 plays, 533 yards of total offense and 31 first downs against NCCU.
- 14 of the Charlotte’s 22 starters were rookies on Saturday.
LIBERTY (2-1, 0-0 Big South) at RICHMOND (1-2, 0-0 CAAFB)
- Richmond’s Danny Rocco will face his former team after his six-year coaching stint at Liberty.
- The Spiders’ 12-10 loss to Gardner-Webb was their first in 18 games to an FCS nonconference foe since 2005.
- UR junior WR Stephen Barnette had career highs with 12 receptions and 182 yards on Saturday.
- Liberty had its second-best rushing effort under Turner Gill with 330 yards and 5 TDs vs. Morgan State.
- The Flames held a sixth-straight opponent to under 20 points in the 38-10 win over the Bears.
- LU junior RB Desmond Rice finished with a career-high 97 yards and three scores on Saturday.
RHODE ISLAND (1-2, 1-1 CAAFB) at rv/rv WILLIAM & MARY (2-1, 0-0 CAAFB)
- Rhode Island snapped a 15-game losing streak with its 19-13 overtime win over UAlbany on Saturday.
- Rams LBs Andrew Bose and Dave Zocco had 17 and 10 tackles, respectively, against the Danes.
- Rhody senior DL Josh Moody blocked a field goal and an extra point in the win.
- W&M has won two straight after a narrow seven-point loss to West Virginia to open the season.
- Tribe LB Airek Green and Marcus Harvey combined for a pair of pick-sixes in the Lafayette win.
- W&M junior WR/KR Tre McBride leads the league and ranks 12th nationally with 32.0 yards per kick return.
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE (0-3, 0-0 NEC) at UALBANY (1-2, 0-1 CAAFB)
- UAlbany will look for its first win at the new Bob Ford Field against former conference foe CCSU.
- Danes junior RB Omar Osbourne finished just shy of his second 100-yard game with 96 rushing yards.
- UAlbany LB Christian Dorsey led the Great Danes with 14 tackles in the loss to the Rams.
- CCSU is 0-3 to start the season, including a 38-14 season-opening loss to James Madison.
- After Saturday’s 52-21 loss to Holy Cross, CCSU has now allowed 50-plus points in two straight games.
- Junior RB Rob Hollomon racked up 145 rushing yards and two touchdowns this past week.