CAA Football Preview Week 13: Rivalry Week!

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What to watch for around the CAA conference.

Amidst chatter from the community that the Villanova Wildcats do indeed have a shot at an at-large playoff berth due to a strong showing in the important statistical categories such as strength of schedule, the CAA will take the field for the final week of the regular season, otherwise known as Rivalry Week.

Maine has already taken the conference crown and the auto-bid and Towson seems like a lock for an at-large berth, but New Hampshire, Delaware, William & Mary and Villanova are all still fighting for a possible playoff bid. It should be a great weekend.

Team CAA Overall Streak
Maine 7-0 10-1 W7
Towson 5-2 9-2 W1
New Hampshire 5-2 6-4 W2
Delaware 4-3 7-4 L2
William & Mary 4-3 7-4 L1
Villanova 4-3 5-5 W1
James Madison 3-4 6-5 L2
Richmond 3-4 5-6 W3
Stony Brook 2-5 4-6 W1
Rhode Island 2-6 3-9 L4
Albany 0-7 1-10 L9

Saturday, November 23rd

Maine (10-1, 7-0 CAA) vs. New Hampshire (6-4, 5-2 CAA) -- 12:00 pm ET

Maine puts it perfect CAA record on the line, and is essentially playing for its playoff seed at this point. New Hampshire won't make the playoffs without a win here, and even then they're still on the bubble. They'll have plenty of motivation to beat their border-rival, but Maine will keep the perfect season intact.

Albany (1-10, 0-7 CAA) vs. Stony Brook (4-6, 2-5 CAA) -- 1:00 pm ET

A brutal first season in the CAA finally comes to an end for the Danes, but this should be a pretty good New York rivalry going forward when both schools get back on their feet. Unfortunately, that's not this year, and this is essentially the slop bowl of the weekend.

James Madison (6-5, 3-4 CAA) vs. Towson (9-2, 5-2 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET, NBC Sports Network

Towson should be safe on Selection Sunday even with a loss here, but they shouldn't have much of a problem with James Madison who is suddenly reeling from two straight losses, with last week's shootout with Stony Brook essentially the cherry on top of a season that has been a letdown.

William & Mary (7-4, 4-3 CAA) vs. Richmond (5-6, 3-4 CAA) -- 4:00 pm ET

Richmond has life all of a sudden? Michael Strauss set passing record after passing record last week in their high-scoring win against Delaware, and the Spiders will have plenty of confidence heading into their rivalry matchup with a tough Tribe defense. Bill & Mary have the playoffs on their eyes, though, and that will probably be too much to overcome for Richmond.

*Rhody is off this week

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