RHODE ISLAND (1-9) @ TOWSON (6-4)
When: Saturday, 2 p.m.
Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium, Towson
Where to watch: CAA.tv
Radio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com
Series: Rhode Island leads 7-6
What's at stake: Last Saturday's 31-17 setback at No. 7 Williams & Mary would seem to have been a crippling blow to the Tigers' bid for an at-large berth in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. But Towson, which is 4-3 in the Colonial Athletic Association, is still holding onto that hope and could further bolster its case with a victory over the visiting Rams, who are 1-6 in the conference. Since a 20-0 upset of Delaware on Oct. 10, Rhode Island has dropped four straight games and has not won a contest away from Meade Stadium since a 19-13 overtime decision at Albany on Sept. 14, 2013 — a span of 17 straight road losses. Although the Rams stunned the Tigers, 13-7, on Nov. 22, 2014, that was only Rhode Island's second win in the past seven meetings between the league rivals.
Key matchup: Towson running back Darius Victor appeared to regain some of his early-season form as the junior rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to William & Mary. Victor, who ranks fifth in the CAA in rushing yards (832 yards) and is tied for second in rushing touchdowns (13), should be even more productive against the Rams. The Rhode Island defense has surrendered 186.9 yards per game and 16 scores, and hasn't been effective in recovering fumbles with just three all season.
Player to watch: On a day when the Tigers will honor 17 seniors in the final collegiate games of their careers, a few of those guys on defense could enjoy Saturday. Rhode Island's trio of quarterbacks — junior Paul Mroz, freshman Wesley McKoy and sophomore James Caparell — has been sacked 26 times. That would seem to be a tasty invitation for outside linebacker Eddie Releford (three sacks in 2015), inside linebacker Malik Jackson (one) and defensive ends Jon Desir and Tungie Coker (one-half each).