Nov 13, 2014, 2:30 PM EDT
Selection Sunday is currently 10 days away — Nov. 23, with the selection show taking place at 11 a.m. on ESPNU — and right now, six CAA Football teams are still alive in the playoff hunt.
New Hampshire, which is ranked No. 1 in the most-recent Sports Network poll for the first time since 2006, and Villanova, currently ranked sixth in both the TSN and Coaches’ Poll, both should feel pretty comfortable about making the field of 24 at this point in the year, even with two games remaining. Then that leaves James Madison (7-3), Richmond (7-3), Delaware (6-4) and William & Mary (6-4). The Spiders and Dukes play this week in Richmond, so that should clear up some questions, while the Blue Hens end the season with matchups versus UNH and Villanova. William & Mary, meanwhile, faces Towson on the road this week and then hosts Richmond to end the year. Confused yet? Don’t worry. Things will become more clear after the weekend.
Before we start getting off topic, let’s take a quick look back at Week 11 to see how things shaped up.
UNH and Rhody played tight early in the third quarter, but the Wildcats outlasted the Rams with a 21-7 advantage in the second half to take a 41-14 win. Maine earned a huge 33-20 win in Orono over Richmond, forcing five UR turnovers, including four interceptions from QB Mike Rocco. James Madison trailed Stony Brook on the road, 24-13, at halftime last weekend, but fought back and shutout the Seawolves in the second half to steal a 27-24 victory en route to winning the team’s fifth-straight win. William & Mary kept its playoff hopes alive with a 17-7 win over Elon at home, while Delaware also did the same, beating UAlbany away from home, 31-28, while rushing for over 200 yards as a team. Finally, in the nightcap, Villanova got back to its winning ways with a dominant 42-14 victory over Towson.
-JMU racked up 513 yards of offense against Stony Brook. That’s the most yards allowed by the Seawolves this season and 165 yards more than any other opponent this year.
-Stony Brook’s 24 points scored, 460 yards of offense and 235 yards passing were all season highs in the loss to the Dukes.
-With two games left to close out the season, Seawolves’ senior Christian Ricard (19.5) and junior Victor Ochi (16.5) have each already passed the previous SBU single-season tackles for loss record of 15.0.
-In Richmond’s loss to Maine, the Spiders allowed points in the first quarter for the first time in seven games.
-That was the first loss in the month of November for the Spiders under head coach Danny Rocco. The team is now 8-1 with Rocco as the leader in the month.
-New Hampshire has won eight-straight games since opening the year with a loss to FBS Toledo. That’s the first time since 1950 that a UNH team has won eight-consecutive games in one season. No UNH team has ever won nine straight in one season.
-Did you know? Maine is one of just 12 teams in the FCS that have not allowed a blocked kick this season. William & Mary, on the other hand, ranks first in the FCS with six blocked punts and 10 blocked kicks this season.
-The CAA Football punting leaders square off this coming Saturday in Durham, N.H. UD’s Eric Enderson leads the league with a 45.5 yard per-kick average, while New Hampshire’s Brad Prasky ranks second with a 42.5 yard per-kick average.
-Villanova QB John Robertson ranks third in CAA Football in total offensive plays this season with 400. JMU’s Vad Lee (518) and Elon’s Mike Quinn (453) rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.
-Lee leads the conference in in total offense with 335.2 yards per game. Over his last six games alone, he’s tossed 17 TDs versus one interception.
-Rhody RB Lyle McCombs finished last Saturday’s game with 115 yards and two TDs. He’s the first Ram to cross 100 yards on the ground in 16 games.
-Tribe RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor rushed for 189 yards and scored once last weekend. He’s totaled 1,020 yards and scored nine times in 2014, both good for second in CAA Football behind Towson’s Darius Victor (1,115 yards, 10 TDs).
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