CAA Football Preview Week 3: Recovery.

After a rough two weeks to start the season, Villanova is taking a break, but the CAA is still in action...

Those first two weeks of the season could have gone better for the Wildcats, but Villanova will take full advantage of its early bye week to rest and recover from injuries, watch film, and prepare for Stony Brook. It also gives the team a chance to work on securing the football, so that (perhaps) they won't fumble away any more chances at victory this season.

This week, all of the CAA programs are playing out-of-conference games except for one pair, and two conference teams will take on an FBS school in the third week of the season. Two of those games will be on television with another two available on ESPN3.com.

Saturday, September 14th

New Hampshire (0-1, 0-0 CAA) vs. Colgate (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League) -- 12:00 pm ET

The CAA already has one win over the Patriot League's Colgate University after UAlbany opened their 2013 win-column with a 37-34 result against the New York state rivals. Now the Wildcats, who fell 24-21 in their opener last week to Central Michigan, will host the toothpasters in New Hampshire with a look to best the Danes 3-point margin of victory.

Navy (1-0, 0-0 Ind.) vs. Delaware (2-0, 0-0 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET, CBS Sports Network

Delaware seems to play the Midshipmen more than most FCS schools, and the minor rivalry there has been relatively competitive by FBS vs. FCS standards. Annapolis owns a 9-7 all-time series lead over the Blue Hens and they will try to bring the 2-0 Delaware back to reality this weekend. The Hen's two victories include a 51-35 comeback drubbing of non-scholarship Jacksonville of the Pioneer League and a 42-21 beating for the MEAC minnows of Delaware State.

Maine (2-0, 0-0 CAA) vs. Bryant (2-0, 0-0 NEC) -- 7:30 pm ET

Maine managed to take down newly-FBS Massachusetts last week in one of two FBS games on the Black Bears' schedule and in week 1, they knocked off Norfolk State, 23-6. This week, they will take on the Bryant Bulldogs,  over whom they hold a 2-0 record all-time. Bryan has wins this season over Holy Cross and Assumption, but as a limited-scholarship NEC program, the Bulldogs should not be as competitive in Orono.

Buffalo (0-2, 0-0 MAC) vs. Stony Brook (1-0, 1-0 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET, ESPN3.com

With a win over URI last week, Stony Brook sits atop the CAA standings with a 1-0 record. It's tough to measure the Seawolves based on their 24-0 win at Rhody, however. The Rams are a bottom feeder in this league and won't be expected to compete with anyone. Buffalo has a 1-0 record against SBU, and after the MAC bottom-feeders have fallen at #2 Ohio State and #23 Baylor in the last two weeks, they will be hungry for a win over their SUNY brethren.

James Madison (1-1, 0-0 CAA) vs. Saint Francis (0-1, 0-0 NEC) -- 6:00 pm ET

JMU fell 2-points short in an upset-bid at Akron last week, and will be ready to take out their frustrations against the NEC's St. Francis (PA) on Saturday night. The Red Flash lost 59-17 at FCS power (and future FBS Sun Belt member) Georgia Southern last weekend and look unlikely to have the firepower to play with JMU.

Gardner-Webb (1-1, 0-0 Big South) vs. Richmond (1-1, 0-0 CAA) -- 6:00 pm ET, ESPN3.com

Another almost-upset: Richmond came within two points of NC State last Saturday, falling 23-21. They'll have an easier time with the Big South's Gardner-Webb this weekend, but the Spiders shouldn't look past the team that was blown out by Marshall in week 2, the Bulldogs knocked off the SoCon's Furman over Labor Day weekend.

Lafayette (0-1, 0-0 Patriot) vs. William & Mary (1-1, 0-0 CAA) -- 6:00 pm ET

The Patriot League's Leopards will host the College of William & Mary on Saturday after opening the season with a loss to Holy Cross. The Tribe looked competitive in their opener at Big XII member West Virginia and they smacked Hampton 31-7 last week. Don't overlook home field advantage, or forget that Lafayette won the last meeting of these two schools.

Albany (1-1, 0-0 CAA) vs. Rhode Island (0-2, 0-1 CAA) -- 7:00 pm ET, CSN-MA; TCN-P; NECN; TWC; SNY (tape)

It looks like it may be a tough season for the Great Danes as they transition from the 38-scholarship NEC to the 63-scholarship CAA. They lost to Duquesne in a head-scratcher to open the season before squeaking past Colgate last weekend. If the Danes can't beat 0-2 Rhody at home this week, their chances in the CAA standings will look pretty bleak.

Towson (2-0, 0-0 CAA) vs. Delaware State (0-1, 0-0 MEAC) -- 7:30 pm ET

Towson impressed everyone with their 33-18 win over UConn to open the season and followed it up with a 49-7 walloping over Holy Cross last weekend. They should easily dominate the "other" Delaware school on Saturday night and lead the all-time series against the HBCU 9-6. Watch for Terrance West to break some sort of record for Towson this week.

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