JMU Football v. Towson and other CAA Showdowns

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I can’t believe it is the end of the regular season already but time flies when you’re having fun.

For all you JMU’ers, here’s the link to JMU v. Towson (1:30 pm Saturday) via http://www.jmusports.com : http://www.jmusports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=71029&SPID=8113&DB_OEM_ID=14400&ATCLID=1310618

I can also sum it up: JMU (7-3, 5-2) needs to win this game and win it big to impress the selection committee. Although our losses to Richmond and Delaware were close and respectable, the committee has never really respected us (see last year at Youngstown St.). This means we can’t goof off against the Tigers (3-7, 1-6). They have a terrific QB in Sean Schaeffer who is very capable of beating any team deep so pressure needs to be put on him quickly. GO DUKES!

 

Maine at New Hampshire (12 pm, Cowell Stadium , Durham , NH ) – If the Wildcats (6-4, 3-4) are going to want any love from the selection committee, they will have to take out their frustrations on Maine (4-6, 3-4).  UNH benefits from having Ricky Santos whom everybody adores so they have an advantage there. Their problem is those glaring four conference losses. It will take a woodshed beating and a miracle for UNH to see the postseason.

 Brian Mandeville of Northeastern catches the winning TD vs. Hofstra on 11/10/2007

Northeastern at Rhode Island (12 pm, Meade Stadium, Kingston, RI) – A game with no playoff implications but one that is intriguing due to both teams playing much better in recent weeks. The Rams (2-8, 1-6) are still on a high after upsetting UMass two weeks ago but are also looking to rebound from a 35-0 pounding they took from Maine last week.  The Huskies (3-7, 2-5) meanwhile continue their late season surge as they look to finish 2007 on a three game winning streak having already spoiled the seasons of New Hampshire and Hofstra.

 

William & Mary at Richmond (12 pm, UR Stadium, Richmond, VA) – The Spiders (8-2, 6-1) control their own destiny as they’ve already won the CAA South and are looking now to get style points as they face the Tribe (4-6, 2-5). W&M is coming off a 55-34 defeat to JMU last week but continued to show that it can put up points with the best of them. While Richmond doesn’t need this game, it won’t want to look sluggish as it could affect their placement in the postseason. Look for All American candidate RB Tim Hightower to get most of the load this weekend.

 

Massachusetts at Hofstra (12 pm, Shuart Stadium , Hempstead , NY) – UMass (8-2, 6-1) has locked up the CAA North and now is fighting to get a top four seed in the playoffs. The Pride (7-3, 4-3) meanwhile are fighting for their playoff lives and their slim chance of football past this weekend rests on their two offensive weapons in QB Brian Savage and RB Kareem Huggins. Meanwhile, Liam Coen, the Minutemen’s newest all time leading passer will look to build upon his record setting day last week by closing out his junior year with a strong victory.

 

Delaware at Villanova (3:30 pm, Villanova Stadium, Villanova, PA) – With how well the Blue Hens (8-2, 5-2) have played this year, they may actually have to sweat it out if they don’t get a victory here on Saturday. Their tough loss at home to Richmond last week prevented them from a CAA South title and they know now that a win in Villanova is crucial. They’ll be facing a Wildcats (6-4, 4-3) team that knows if it could pull a victory out, it will throw a huge wrench into the playoff situation by becoming a 5-3 CAA squad and creating quite a problem for the selection committee.

SELECTION SHOW REMINDER: 

A quick note: For those of you that get ESPNU, make sure to tune in at 3:30 pm on Sunday November 18th for the FCS Selection Show. It doesn’t quite get the hype of the NCAA March Madness Selection Show but for all of us FCS followers, we know what the real selection show is! 

Good luck to all the teams. Next blog will probably happen right after the selection show.

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