Colgate (1-2, 0-1 Patriot)@Towson (2-0, 1-0 CAA)
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Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson University, Towson, MD 21204, USA
Stadium Club entrance, Giants Stadium, 50 NJ-120, East Rutherford, NJ 07073, USA
Time: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium
Radio: 1570 AM
Series: Colgate leads 9-0.
What's at stake: After defeating Villanova, then No. 20 in the Football Championship Subdivision, two weeks ago, Towson is 2-0 for the first time since 1997 and has a chance to keep its early-season winning streak alive against a Colgate program it has never beaten — on Homecoming, nonetheless. The Tigers have outscored opponents 73-13. After squeaking by Albany in overtime to kick off the season, the Raiders have dropped their past two games by a combined 37 points.
Key matchup: The Towson defense propelled the Tigers to an upset win against Villanova by forcing four turnovers (three fumbles and an interception). Without the extra possessions, the Tigers might not have been able to build a sizable lead. Meanwhile, Colgate's running back tandem of Gavin McCarney and Nate Eachus are averaging more than 100 rushing yards apiece and have lost one total fumble. Towson will need an answer for them.
Players to watch: Towson junior RB Dominique Booker led the team with 70 total yards and two touchdowns against Villanova. While he might not be the feature back in the Tigers' offense, Booker has made a difference. His 47-yard touchdown reception gave Towson its first points of the game against Villanova. Through three games, McCarney has a Patriot League-leading 333 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
Howard (1-2, 0-1 MEAC)@Morgan State (1-2, 0-0)
Time: Saturday, 3:30 p.m.
Site: New Meadowlands Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
Radio: 88.9 FM
TV: ESPNU (10:30 p.m.)
Series: Morgan leads 39-24-1.
What's at stake: For the second straight year, Morgan and Howard will face off in the 40th annual New York Urban Football League classic. The Bears took last year's rivalry game, 20-3, in front of nearly 35,000. Morgan is coming off its first win of the season, over Robert Morris, 13-12, because of a missed extra point. Howard lost to Norfolk State, 23-9, last week.
Key matchup: Morgan has yet to find a consistent quarterback but went with Robert Council once again against Robert Morris. The redshirt freshman failed to eclipse 100 passing yards in his second career start but has a knack for spreading the field with his running ability. He could have a chance to star against a subpar Howard secondary. Norfolk State QB Chris Walley shredded the Bison with 239 yards and two touchdowns a week ago, completing 17 of his 23 passes.
Players to watch: Morgan sophomore K Abraham Mercado appears to have won the starting job and made two field goals against Robert Morris last week, including a 40-yard attempt. He is 5-for-7 this season. Howard WR Willie Carter has 164 receiving yards and two touchdowns.