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2010 CAA Football Weekly Roundup – 11.12

Nov 12, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

We know it’s college basketball’s opening night, but you know what — we don’t care because the CAA Football Conference race is down to two weekends!

Weekly roundup time here on the blog and there is plenty of info below to help you get ready for the weekend. Our television promo is above so be sure to watch it so you know where to catch the New Hampshire/Villanova game this weekend….that is a huge game in terms of at-large playoff positioning.

We currently have six teams with four losses or fewer in the league….our new fan poll posted earlier today begs the question how many of those six will make the 20-team NCAA Playoff field? It is located to the right as well as below.  This poll will close Sunday at 10 a.m., feel free to watch some of the outcomes this weekend then weigh in and come back to check out the results.

We asked for better participation in the poll last week and we got it this week!  THANK YOU!  88 votes were cast in this week’s Player of the Week voting!  William and Mary’s Jonathan Grimes, coming off a concussion at North Carolina, was the Tribe’s offense in a 13-3 win at New Hampshire last weekend…for that you awarded him the CAA Football Blog Player of the Week.  Pay attention to the games this weekend and we’ll post another Player of the Week poll Sunday…come back then to vote on your top performer.

Earlier today New Hampshire’s Matt Evans was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List.  His addition to the list gives CAA Football a total of six honorees that have been part of the list this season:  Matt Evans, New Hampshire; Tyler Holmes, Massachusetts; Eric McBride, Richmond; Martin Parker, Richmond; Justin Rogers, Richmond and Terence Thomas, Villanova.

The Walter Payton list was also updated today.  The league has had a couple players drop off the list of 20 since its preseason release, but started the season with five of the 20 candidates including:  Pat Devlin, Delaware; Jonathan Grimes, William and Mary; Ben Ijalana, Villanova; Matt Szczur, Villanova and Chris Whitney, Villanova.

The CAA Football Pressbox will get you ready for this weekend’s five conference games.  Click here to access The Pressbox for all kinds of pregame media notes and depth charts as well as archive audio and video.  Check back Saturday to find the same gameday flipcards being used by the media.

We also encourage you to visit CAA Football Gameday Central Saturday morning at CAASports.com.  Each of the five games will be featured with links to each contest’s livestat link, video and audio streams and more.  Come back to the blog Saturday morning to find a link directly to this week’s Gameday Central.

The Gridiron Power Index was released by The College Sporting News earlier this week and CAA Football occupies the Top 2 spots.  Click here to take a look at the blog post about it.

Also earlier this week Delaware’s Pat Devlin was recognized as one of 10 still part of the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Watch ListClick here for the details.

The league also had eight student-athletes honored as ESPN Academic All-District honoreesClick here for those names and the release.

James Madison head coach Mickey Matthews discussed his team’s upcoming game against William and Mary, the newly crowned No. 1 team in the country Monday.  Watch below.

Maine’s Steven Barker got word earlier this week that he had been invited to the FCS Senior Scout Bowl after the regular season.  Click here for the details on Barker’s invitation.  If you are Maine graduate and in the Washington, D.C., area click here to learn how you can pregame before the Black Bears take on Towson Saturday.

Massachusetts previewed its key conference game this weekend against Delaware.  Watch the preview below along with a profile of Minutemen quarterback Kyle Havens.

The Minutemen also included a great feature on UMass’s equipment manager Paul Bys.  Watch that very interesting and informational piece below.

Rhode Island has won its last two games and goes on the road this weekend to face Richmond.  Watch the Rams’ preview below with head coach Joe Trainer.

Richmond wants all of its fans to join in the Spider Walk celebration this weekend prior to Saturday’s game in honor of its senior class.  Watch the video below to learn more.

The Spiders, along with WRIC-TV in Richmond, produced a feature on their equipment guru Ken Hart.  Another great feature full of behind-the-scenes insight.

The Tribe filled their YouTube Channel with several productions this week.  Below is head coach Jimmye Laycock’s weekly press luncheon along with video chats from both David Miller and Ben Cottingham.

William and Mary garnered its first No. 1 ranking in school history this weekend and the Tribe also produced a feature about that honor.

2010 CAA Football…You Better Be Ready!!!