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