This is a big week in the CAA as JMU looks to try and pull away from the pack and Villanova hopes to salvage their season without star quarterback Josh Robertson. Check out all the action on CSN and CSN Plus.
William & Mary (2-2) at Villanova (2-2), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN
Villanova came into the season as the team to beat in the CAA, but will be without Robertson for the rest of the way after he suffered a PCL injury against Delaware. What did he mean to the Wildcats? In their first game without him, Villanova lost to a mediocre Penn team at home.
Things do not get easier this week as they face a William & Mary team that is always near the top of the the CAA standings. The Tribe is particularly motivated this week coming off a one-point loss to Delaware on a field goal as time expired.
James Madison (5-0) at Towson (2-2), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN
James Madison is undefeated and will look to jump out to a 3-0 CAA start against Towson. Despite their impressive record, the Dukes have been giving 23.4 points per game. It has not cost them yet as they have been scoring a whopping 47.8 points per game and it's not likely to cost them this week against a Towson team that manged only 13 points against Elon.
So long as the Dukes can shut down Towson running back Darius Victor who is averaging 114 yards per game, the Tigers will have a tough time keeping up with the Dukes' offense.
Wake Forest (2-3) at Boston College (3-2), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN Plus
The Demon Deacons gave Florida State all they could handle last week, but you have to wonder how they are going to be able to score against a Boston College team currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense.
Then again, Boston College's inability to score has cost them twice this season against Florida State (14-0 loss) and Duke (9-7 loss). Wake Forest is no slouch defensively as they boast the 20th ranked defense. Expect a low scoring affair in Chestnut Hill.
Liberty (3-2) at Gardner-Webb (1-3), Sat. 7:00 p.m. on CSN Plus
Both teams enter Big South play this week hoping to start off with a win. Liberty is two games into a four-game road swing, but will have a good opportunity against a Gardner-Webb team whose only win this season is against Division II opponent Virginia Union.