Towson vs. New Hampshire: November 12, 2011

Considering the special run the Towson Tigers football team is on, I figured I’d write a special college football post for you all.

For the second straight week, the Tigers will play the 7th ranked team in the FCS and a team that is also tied for the CAA lead. On Saturday at 3:30, #7 New Hampshire comes to Johnny Unitas Stadium to battle #12 Towson for sole possession of first place in the CAA.

As a matter of fact, if Maine loses to UMass and Towson beats New Hampshire, the Tigers will be CAA Champions.

I don’t know Rob Ambrose personally, but I will bet a large sum of money that he has been making his players aware of the rare opportunity they have this week.

Ambrose is also likely to have reminded his Tigers about how it’s time for a change in the New Hampshire series.

Out of all the games these two teams have played against each other, New Hampshire is 8-0 vs. Towson, outscoring the Tigers by a combined score of 302-120.

New Hampshire comes into town led by senior quarterback Kevin Decker and the league’s-leading passing attack (278.2 yards per game). Towson’s pass defense is ranked 4th.

Conversely, the Tigers are the top rushing team in the league, rushing for an average of 238.4 yards per game. The Wildcats’ run defense is ranked 10th.

I have a really hard time thinking the Wildcats will stop (or even contain) Terrance West and company, when the Tigers had their best rushing performance of the year last week, against an excellent Maine defense (334 yards rushing, 5 rushing TDs).

Speaking of West, he’s a true freshman that’s scored 21 rushing touchdowns this season. That’s already good for a seventh-place tie in school history (Noah Read).

With 13 more rushing touchdowns, West will have the school record for rushing touchdowns in a career (at his current pace, he’ll reach that mark at some point in the third game of next season).

Simply put, I don’t see New Hampshire being able to go toe-to-toe with the Tigers on Saturday afternoon. It’s senior day, Terrance West looks unstoppable and Towson has too much to play for to let this opportunity slip away.

The only thing I see keeping this game close is the kicking game for Towson. Even if the game isn’t close, they need to stop missing extra points. The Tigers have missed more extra points (3) than field goals (1) this season.

Still, I see the Tigers taking one more step toward the CAA Championship by getting their eighth win of the season on Saturday.

Prediction: Towson 44, New Hampshire 20.

Thanks for reading.

-Mike

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s