When: Saturday, 1:30 p.m.
Site: Walter J. Zable Stadium, Williamsburg, Va.
Series: William & Mary leads, 7-2
What's at stake: Even during a bye week, No. 10 Towson moved up the standings in the Colonial Athletic Association. No. 21 Delaware's 21-10 loss to William & Mary a week ago dropped the Blue Hens into a four-way tie for second place with the Tigers, the No. 16 Tribe and No. 23 New Hampshire. However, all four are chasing No. 6 Maine, which leads those aforementioned rivals by two games. While a third straight conference title appears unlikely without a stumble by the Black Bears down the stretch, a victory Saturday would go a long way toward positioning Towson for an at-large berth in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The Tigers carry a nine-game winning streak into Zable Stadium, where William & Mary has won all five games this season. The Tribe have won their last three games and four of their last five. William & Mary has dominated its series with Towson, winning the first seven meetings. But the Tigers have prevailed in the last two games.
Key matchup: This might be a case of the irresistible force clashing with the immovable object. Towson features the most prolific offense in the CAA, leading the league in points per game (40.3), yards (489.5) and rushing yards (246.3). But the Tribe boasts a defense that has surrendered just 12.2 points per game, the lowest per-game average in the nation. William & Mary has allowed just one offensive touchdown during the team's three-game winning streak.
Player to watch: Junior running back Terrance West, who leads the country in rushing (1,608) and total touchdowns (26), will get a lot of touches, but the key to the Tigers' offense could be the play of the wide receivers. With leading receiver Spencer Wilkins, a junior, out for the rest of the season due to an unspecified injury, the spotlight will be on senior Leon Kinnard, juniors Derrick Joseph and Brian Dowling, and sophomore Arione Scott to fill the void.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun