TOWSON, Md. – The Tigers will be seeking their third consecutive victory when they host Rhode Island at Unitas Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Tigers are facing the Rams for the 13th time in a series that is even at six wins each. Towson has won four of the last five meetings, including a 28-17 win at Meade Stadium last year. That victory enabled the Tigers to clinch their first Colonial Athletic Association championship.
Towson enters this week’s game tied for fourth place in the CAA with Richmond (6-3, 4-2) and Villanova (6-3, 4-2). The Tigers and the Spiders do not play this season and Towson beat Villanova.
Next week’s opponent, New Hampshire (8-2, 6-1) leads the CAA, one-half game ahead of James Madison (7-2, 5-1) and Old Dominion (8-1, 5-1). ODU is not eligible for the CAA championship because of its plans to move to NCAA FBS status.
The Tigers, who are the defending CAA champions, have won 11 of their last 14 CAA games. Towson was 7-1 in 2011 and has a 4-2 record this year. From 2007 to 2010, the Tigers were 3-29 in CAA games.
Towson is also seeking its second straight appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs. Last year, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid as conference champion. Towson earned a first-round bye and dropped a 40-38 heartbreaker to Lehigh in the second round of the playoffs before a sellout crowd at Unitas Stadium.