What's at stake: The Tigers helped themselves enormously by outlasting Colonial Athletic Association foe Stony Brook, 21-14, a week ago. Not only did they collect their first win in the CAA this season and improve to 1-2 in the conference, but they also gave themselves an outside shot at the league championship and a potential spot in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. But to remain relevant, Towson — which is 2-1 at home this fall — must overcome the Wildcats and a little bit of history. Villanova, which is 2-1 in the conference and ranked No. 23 in the FCS, has won six of the past seven meetings between the CAA rivals, including the past three in Towson. The Wildcats broke a two-game losing streak by blanking Albany, 37-0, on Saturday. It marked their first shutout since a 45-0 win over Rhode Island on Nov. 9, 2013.
Key matchup: The Tigers don't have a player ranked in the top 10 in the CAA in sacks, but that hasn't prevented the defense from accumulating 16 sacks, which is tied with Maine for fourth in the league. Towson had four sacks in the win at Stony Brook and could enjoy similar success against Villanova. The Wildcats have surrendered 19 sacks this fall, which is tied with New Hampshire for most in the conference. Albany had three sacks against Villanova last Saturday.
Player to watch: The Tigers rank fourth in the CAA in total offense (358.7 yards per game) and fifth in scoring (24.7 points per game) despite a less-than-fully-healthy Darius Victor. The junior running back has been hobbled by a sprained ankle but still ranks fifth in the league in total rushing yards (573) and rushing yards per game (95.5), and second in rushing touchdowns (nine). With 2,507 career rushing yards, Victor is 71 yards away from passing Noah Read (2,577 from 1998 to 2001) for fifth place on the program's all-time list.