A playoff bid will be on the line when William & Mary and Richmond meet Saturday while Florida State will try not to stumble against Chattanooga. Catch all the college football action on CSN and CSN Plus.
William & Mary (8-2) at Richmond (7-3), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN
Known as the oldest rivalry in the south, Richmond will host William & Mary on Saturday in a game with major conference implications.
The CAA conference looked like Richmond's to lose after their big win at JMU, but they may have done just that with two-straight losses. Now the Spiders will have to beat William & Mary to earn even a share of the conference crown.
At 6-1 in conference play, the Tribe has already earned a share of the title, but can win it outright with a victory in Richmond. There are major playoff implication on the line in this one, so let's try to break it down.
If W&M wins, they win the CAA and the conference's automatic playoff bid. If Richmond wins, they will be cheering for JMU to beat Villanova. If that happens, Richmond will earn a share of the conference title and will take the playoff bid. If Richmond and Villanova win, both teams will share the conference with W&M in a three-way tie and the playoff bid will go do the team with the highest Sagarin rating.
Before we need any tiebreakers, however, someone needs to win the actual game.
W&M has been strong on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. The unsung heroes of every team, the offensive line has been stout for the Tribe, allowing only one sack in the team's last five games. They have also been creating a lot of holes for tailbacks Kendell Anderson and Mikal Abdul-Saboor to run.
Richmond's offense is just as good if not better than the Tribe's with the top pass attack in the CAA. Led by quarterback Kyle Lauletta, the Spiders will have to be at their best to beat the Tribe's tough defense. Few teams in the country can keep up with the Spiders' offense, if they can find even moderate success on Saturday, W&M's offense may struggle to keep up against the often overlooked Richmond defense which is also quietly very good.
Chattanooga (8-2) at Florida State (8-2), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN Plus
Florida State is doing its best SEC impression with an FCS matchup the week before their season finale against rival Florida (for what it's worth, the Gators are playing Florida Atlantic this week).
The Seminoles will be making a change at quarterback as Sean Maguire will start the game under center. Everett Golson threw two interceptions and fumbled once last week against NC State before getting benched. This will not exactly be a trial by fire as Maguire has started four games in his career and three this season, but his last two starts came with Golson's health in question. Now coach Jimbo Fisher has handed him the keys to the offense.
At 8-2, Chattanooga is no pushover, and they boast a top 20 defense among FCS teams. This could prove to be an interesting, though one-sided matchup.
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