What's at stake: The Tigers and Dukes meet for the 23rd time in a rivalry that began in 1976. It is the most played series in Towson history, surpassing the Morgan State series which has been played 22 times. The Tigers are winless since Sept. 11 after falling to UMass last Saturday, 27-14. James Madison has won the last six meetings between the two schools and enters Saturday's contest ranked No. 7 in the Football Championship Subdivision polls. The Dukes dropped their first game of the season last week, losing 13-10 to Delaware on a last-second field goal.
Key matchup: James Madison redshirt junior safety Vidal Nelson has recorded 26 tackles, including a team-best 12 solo stops. The Dukes' defensive unit is ranked second in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring defense, olding the opposition to an average of 9.8 points per game. Towson senior wide receiver Hakeem Moore's 77.4 receiving yards per game leads the CAA. Moore is also ranked first in yards per catch (24.2), touchdown receptions (5) and all-purpose yards (169.4).
Players to watch: James Madison redshirt senior quarterback Drew Dudzik has rushed for a team-best four touchdowns while throwing for 510 yards and four touchdown passes. Redshirt freshman linebacker Stephon Robertson leads the Dukes with 36 tackles, including five for a loss. Towson sophomore defensive end Matt Morgan is tied for first in the CAA with three sacks while sophomore Frank Beltre is tied for first among CAA defensive ends with 29 tackles.