Fordham (12-1) @ 7th seed Towson (10-2)
When: Saturday, 1 p.m.
Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium
Series: First meeting
What's at stake: Towson is back in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision tournament for the second time in three years, but the program is seeking its first playoff win since joining the FCS for the 1987 season. In fact, the Tigers haven't won in the postseason since 1984, when they defeated Norfolk State, 31-21, in the Division II quarterfinals. This year, Towson earned the No. 7 overall seed, which meant the team got a first-round bye and some much-needed rest. How much that break helped will be tested against Fordham. The Rams, members of the Patriot League, received an at-large playoff bid and defeated Sacred Heart, 37-27, in last Saturday's first-round matchup. Fordham has beaten then-10th-ranked Lehigh, Colonial Athletic Association member Villanova and even a Football Bowl Subdivision school, Temple, this season. The Rams are 5-1 on the road, while the Tigers are just 3-2 at home. Towson is seeking its 11th win, which would set a single-season program record.
Key matchup: Fordham has one of the most prolific passing offenses in the country, ranking first in the FCS in completion percentage (.704) and fourth in yards per game (358.3). Individually, junior quarterback Michael Nebrich leads the nation in completion percentage (.735) and is fourth in passing yards per game (332.2), while junior wide receiver Sam Ajala tops the FCS in receiving yards (1,526). The Tigers have allowed 216.7 passing yards per game, only No. 52 nationally, but are No. 22 overall in interceptions (15).
Player to watch: Again, Towson junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) will be in the spotlight, leading the country in rushing average (155.4 yards per game) and running touchdowns (30). But with the Rams surrendering an average of 203.5 rushing yards and the Tigers playing the rest of the season without starting wide receivers Spencer Wilkins (Mount Hebron) and Leon Kinnard (Loyola High), West will be relied on to fuel the offense.
— Edward Lee