CAA Football Preview Week 6: Undefeated teams will fall!

John Gress

What to watch for around the CAA conference.

Time to avenge a couple of tough losses to an alway solid Tribe program. The 'Cats have lost two straight to Bill & Mary and...third times the charm!

Speaking of threes, the CAA standings are starting to take shape. We will see three teams take their first conference loss as six undefeated conference foes face off, and one team get their first conference win (my money is NOT on Albany). Here's what it looks like heading into this weekend's action.

Team CAA Overall Streak
Towson 1-0 5-0 W5
Delaware 1-0 4-1 W2
Maine 1-0 4-1 W1
William & Mary 1-0 3-1 W3
Villanova 1-0 2-2 W2
Rhode Island 1-2 2-3 W1
Stony Brook 1-2 1-3 L3
New Hampshire 0-0 1-2 L1
James Madison 0-1 3-2 L1
Richmond 0-1 2-3 L1
Albany 0-1 1-4 L3

Saturday, October 5th

New Hampshire (1-2, 0-0 CAA) vs. Towson (5-0, 0-0 CAA) -- 12:00 pm ET

As BarneyRubble noted earlier this week, it was a complete crapfest for UNH in a shocking loss to an undermanned Lehigh unit, even if it was on the road. They can't be feeling good about that, and now they head to hostile Unitas Stadium to face the surging Tigers. Despite their struggles against Stony Brook, it would be a mild upset if UNH kept this close.

Albany (1-4, 0-1 CAA) vs. James Madison (3-2, 0-1 CAA) -- 1:30 pm ET

The Dukes suffered a heartbreak last week, surrendering a halftime lead by being outscored 22-3 in the second half by Delaware. They might be in danger of dropping two straight if they were playing anybody other than the Danes who, after a 66-10 beatdown at the hands of Old Dominion, are looking like they're ready for the offseason.

Delaware (4-1, 1-0 CAA) vs. Maine (4-1, 1-0 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET

Delaware's riding high after their aforementioned comeback win behind the arm of QB Trent Hurley, but the schedule continues to stiffen this week as they head close to the great white north to Maine country. The Black Bears pulled off an impressive road win at Richmond last week and could be a sleeper contender for the conference title.

Rhode Island (2-3, 1-2 CAA) vs. Brown (1-1, 0-1 Ivy League) -- 6:00 pm ET

This should be another nice week for Rhody to get healthy following last week's 42-7 drubbing of Central Connecticut State. Brown might bring some rivalry noise to this game, but the Rams should be able to handle them easily before they head back to CAA play.

Bryant (3-1, 1-0 NEC vs. Stony Brook (1-3, 1-2 CAA) -- 6:00 pm ET

Intriguing matchup. Bryant gave Maine a decent game a few weeks ago, and Stony Brook is clearly reeling right now, despite playing Towson tough a week ago. The Seawolves backs are against the wall, so I'd lean towards them to right the ship, but I'll have my eye on this one.

*Richmond is off this week

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