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CAA play should clear up picture
This week’s Sports Network FCS Top 25 has the University of Delaware No. 6, the highest ranking among Colonial Athletic Association football teams.
Four of the Blue Hens’ conference counterparts are just behind them in the first 11. Voting by the poll’s 160 media members put seven CAA teams, out of a possible 11, in the Top 25 overall.
Old Dominion, the first-year CAA member that was a major challenge for Delaware in last Saturday’s CAA opener, is not ranked.
“Not many people are going to be better than them,” Delaware coach K.C. Keeler observed of the Monarchs.
That was after Delaware had to rally from behind twice to prevail 27-17 at Delaware Stadium.
Certainly, the CAA pack will begin to break apart as teams start playing each other. So far, 10 teams have played one CAA game each. Maine’s conference opener is this Saturday’s visit from Delaware.
Maine, along with ODU, is situated just outside the Top 25. But as October approaches, it’s apparent the CAA doesn’t yet have anyone as potent as last year’s league co-champs Delaware, which lost in the NCAA title game, and William & Mary or Villanova, which won the 2009 NCAA title and lost in the 2010 semifinals.
Right now, the CAA’s only unbeaten team is Towson (3-0), which went 3-29 in conference games the last four years but seems finally poised for a revival.
“I don’t think we’re a great football team by any stretch of the imagination,” Keeler said. “But I don’t know if there’s a great one out there this year. I think a lot of us are going to be about the same.”
Georgia Southern, which returned almost its entire starting lineup after losing to Delaware in the 2010 NCAA semifinals, remained No. 1 in the Top 25.
Among CAA teams, Delaware (3-1) is followed in the rankings by No. 7 New Hampshire, with consecutive narrow wins over Lehigh and Richmond; No. 9 James Madison, which topped William & Mary 20-14 Saturday and then had its quarterback suspended five games for a team rules violation Monday; No. 10 Richmond; No. 11 William & Mary; No. 20 Massachusetts, which is ineligible for the CAA title or an FCS playoff berth because of its impending move to the FBS; and No. 23 Towson.
by KEVIN TRESOLINI, The News Journal