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Previewing Towson's home football game against Elon

ELON (1-7, 0-4) @ TOWSON (3-5,1-3)

When: Saturday, 4 p.m.

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TV: American Sports Network

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Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com

Series: Towson leads, 3-0

What's at stake: Towson trails Colonial Athletic Association leaders New Hampshire and Villanova by three games. But the Tigers — who were on a bye last week after beating Delaware on Oct. 18 — aren't yet mathematically eliminated from title contention. Towson is 3-0 in games after bye weeks since 2011.Elon is playing its first season in the CAA and has been outscored 132-51 in four conference games.

Key matchup: Elon's offense is fueled by solid passing attack. Senior quarterback Mike Quinn ranks third in the CAA in passing yards (1,737), and wide receivers Kierre Brown, Demitri Allison and Andre Davis have combined to catch 121 passes this season. Containing them could be a challenge for a Towson defense that ranks ninth in the league against the pass (232.0 yards allowed per game) and has surrendered 11 touchdowns through the air.

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Player to watch: Towson outside linebacker James Simms doesn't get much attention, but maybe he should. The redshirt freshman ranks fourth in the CAA in tackles with 77. Simms, a Laurel resident and Reservoir graduate made six tackles (1½ for loss) against Delaware and intercepted a pass to cement the win. He was added to the midseason watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the most outstanding freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision, and he will be counted on to anchor the Tigers' defensive effort.

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