TOWSON (2-5, 0-3) @ DELAWARE (4-2, 2-0)
When: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
Site: Delaware Stadium, Newark, Del.
TV: Comcast SportsNet
Audio: 1300 AM, TowsonTigers.com
Series: Delaware leads, 10-5
What's at stake: With three losses in the Colonial Athletic Association, even Tigers coach Rob Ambrose acknowledged that barring some unlikely scenarios, the team is probably out of contention for the league championship. But that doesn't mean Towson can't have a say in which rival will capture the conference title. The Blue Hens trail No. 3 New Hampshire and No. 5 Villanova by a half-game in the race for the CAA crown. Delaware has won six of the past seven meetings, but the Tigers' most recent win in the series took place at Delaware, where they rallied for a 34-27 overtime win in 2012.
Key matchup: After sophomore wide receiver Brandon Ravenel caught eight passes for 107 yards and a touchdown in James Madison's 62-7 demolition of Towson last week, the Blue Hens' Michael Johnson might be licking his chops about the possibility of a similar outing. The senior wide receiver leads the CAA in receptions (42) and ranks fifth in yards (453). Johnson figures to see a lot of Tigers senior cornerback Tye Smith, who has intercepted one pass and broken up three others.
Player to watch: Junior Connor Frazier got the nod to start at quarterback for Towson in the loss to the Dukes, but redshirt senior Joe Brennan directed three drives in the first half. So which quarterback will Ambrose start against Delaware? The identity will not matter as much as the player's performance. Frazier threw for more yards than Brennan, who had a higher completion percentage last week. But neither passer cemented his status for this week's game, and a carousel under center is not out of the question as Ambrose tries to awaken a slumbering passing attack.