No. 20 Tow­son (6-3, 4-2 Colo­nial Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion) @ No. 7 Elon (6-2, 4-1)

Baltimore Sun - - COLLEGE FOOTBALL -

When: Noon Site: Rhodes Sta­dium Video: Phoenix All-Ac­cess Ra­dio: CBS Sports Ra­dio 1300 AM Se­ries: Tow­son leads, 5-2 What’s at stake: That 35-28 loss to then-No. 23 Maine on Sat­ur­day dropped Tow­son from No. 15 to No. 20 in the lat­est STATS Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion poll and sad­dled the team with its first los­ing streak of the year. But more im­por­tantly, the Tigers slid from a four-way tie atop the CAA to a three-way tie for fourth with No. 9 James Madi­son (6-3, 4-2) and No. 12 Stony Brook (6-3, 4-2). Tow­son’s bid to re­main in the race for the con­fer­ence ti­tle and a spot in the FCS post­sea­son will de­pend on how the team fares against Elon and the Dukes on Nov. 17. The Phoenix have won two straight games. Key matchup: Elon leads the CAA in rush­ing of­fense at 222.9 yards per game and 19 touch­down runs, and the cat­a­lyst for that unit is run­ning back Jay­lan Thomas. The fresh­man gained a ca­reer-high 222 yards and one score in the Phoenix’s 24-21 win against Rhode Is­land on Sat­ur­day en route to be­ing named the league’s Of­fen­sive Player of the Week. Tow­son, which ranks ninth against the run at 151.3 yards per game, sur­ren­dered 121 yards and three touch­downs to Maine red­shirt fresh­man Ra­mon Jef­fer­son. Player to watch: Elon’s de­fense is an­chored by se­nior linebacker War­ren Messer, who was named STATS FCS Na­tional De­fen­sive Player of the Week. He racked up a team-best 14 tack­les, 2½ tack­les for loss, two sacks and one in­ter­cep­tion against Rhode Is­land. Messer’s 86-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn for a touch­down was the sec­ond-long­est in pro­gram his­tory.

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