Delaware (6-2, 3-1) @ Towson (8-1, 4-1)
When: Saturday, 7 p.m.
Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson
Series: Delaware leads, 9-5
What's at stake: Two of the top three teams in the Colonial Athletic Association will clash, and the result could have significant implications for both programs and the conference. Despite last Saturday's 48-32 victory over Richmond, No. 7 Towson remains one game behind No. 10 Maine (7-1, 4-0) in the loss column for the league championship. The Tigers return home for the first time since Oct. 12, which was the last and only time this season that they lost, going down 45-35 to No. 20 Villanova. Towson defeated Delaware last season, 34-27, in overtime, but the Blue Hens had won the previous five meetings. No. 21 Delaware has developed a pattern of winning two games and then losing one this season. The Blue Hens have won their past two games, but both of their losses were away from Delaware Stadium. Delaware's 35-13 rout of Rhode Island last Saturday was the team's first road victory since Sept. 22, 2012.
Key matchup: Terrance West is a nightmare matchup for many teams, but the junior running back has enjoyed considerable success against the Blue Hens. In two meetings, West has carried the football 57 times for 268 yards and six touchdowns. He leads the Football Championship Subdivision in rushing with 1,402 yards and 23 touchdowns. He could be poised for another big day against a Delaware rush defense that is surrendering 166.0 yards per game.
Player to watch: While the Tigers have a weapon in junior kick returner Derrick Joseph, the Blue Hens have their own special teams talent in Rob Jones. The senior leads the conference with a 15.9 yards-per-return average, and he returned a punt 62 yards for a score in the team's 42-21 rout of Delaware State on Sept. 7. Towson is middle-of-the-pack in containing punt returners this fall.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun