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CAA Football Preview Week 7: Favorites battle it out

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What to watch for around the CAA conference.

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

3 unbeatens remain at the top of the CAA, with another set to fall this weekend with the #15 Villanova Wildcats visit the #3 Towson Tigers in a nationally televised matchup on NBC Sports Network, Saturday night at 7 pm ET.

Maine continues to impress as they are yet to fall in conference play, and they'll get a much needed bye week after six straight games to start the season. Elsewhere, Delaware, William & Mary and Stony Brook have cupcake on their weekend menu.

Team CAA Overall Streak
Towson 2-0 6-0 W6
Maine 2-0 5-1 W2
Villanova 2-0 3-2 W3
Delaware 1-1 4-2 L1
James Madison 1-1 4-2 W1
William & Mary 1-1 3-2 L1
Stony Brook 1-2 2-3 W1
Rhode Island 1-2 2-4 L1
Richmond 0-1 2-3 L1
New Hampshire 0-1 1-3 L2
Albany 0-2 1-5 L4

Saturday, October 12th

Albany (1-5, 0-2 CAA) vs. Delaware (4-2, 1-1 CAA) -- 12:00 pm ET

With every week that passes I continue to rue the fact that Villanova missed out on getting Albany on the schedule this season. The Danes haven't looked up to the task yet, their most recent shellacking coming at the hands of James Madison last week, 40-13. The Hens will look to take their frustration out after the 62-28 beating they took from Maine last week.

Rhode Island (2-4, 1-2 CAA) vs. New Hampshire (1-3, 0-1 CAA) -- 12:30 pm ET

After some revamped play to start the season, Rhode Island is now in an injury crisis after their loss to rivals Brown last weekend, and could be in for a meager ending to what initially looked like a promising campaign. They come at the right time for a UNH team that had the FCS world thinking upset over Towson last weekend before folding like a house of cards.

Richmond (2-3, 0-1 CAA) vs. James Madison (4-2, 1-2 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET, NBC Sports Network

The Spiders are well rested after their bye week, and they'll need to bring their A-game if they're going to take on the thousands of hill people that are likely to show up for this nationally televised contest. If Richmond can pull out the win, they've got a winnable stretch of games (minus Towson) that could turn around their season quickly.

Pennsylvania (2-1, 1-0 Ivy League) vs. William & Mary (3-2, 1-1 CAA) -- 3:30 pm ET

It will be interesting to see how the Tribe come out for this one. They should walk over Penn, but how quickly do they put the game out of reach after the heartbreak they suffered last weekend. They've got a rested Maine on deck as well, so hopefully they don't look past this game to the point of disaster.

Stony Brook (2-3, 1-2 CAA vs. Colgate (1-4, 0-0 Patriot League) -- 6:00 pm ET

One of two "easy" games left (the other being the season finale against Albany) for the Seawolves. They are officially in can't lose territory if they are going to be in the playoff conversation. My money's on them going home early, especially with trips to Maine and James Madison still on the schedule.

*Maine is off this week