Towson @ Rhode Island: November 19, 2011

The Towson Tigers will wrap up their 2011 regular season tomorrow when they travel to Rhode Island to face the 3-7 Rams.

If the Tigers win at Rhode Island and Maine loses at New Hampshire on Saturday, Towson will win the CAA Championship.

If that scenario unfolds, the Tigers could very well lock up a first-round bye and a home playoff game in the FCS playoffs.

Yes, this team was 1-10 just one year ago.

Rhode Island comes into this game with a 3-7 (2-5 CAA) record. The Tigers are 8-2 (6-1 CAA) and are ranked 8th in the nation. I just don’t see Rhode Island standing toe-to-toe with the Tigers for 60 minutes.

Now it’s time for the Terrance West stats of the week…
West has 25 rushing touchdowns on the year, and is on pace to score 110 rushing touchdowns in his career (based on four 11-game seasons). Here is some perspective on how rare of a season he is having:

  • The most touchdowns ever scored by a freshman was 26 by Adrian Peterson (Georgia Southern, 1998).
  • The all-time collegiate record for touchdowns scored in a career (FBS or FCS) is 89 by Brian Westbrook (Villanova, 1997-98, 2000-01).
  • The all-time best touchdown-per game average (in one season) is 2.7 touchdowns per game by Jerry Rice (Mississippi Valley State, 1984). West is currently averaging 2.5 touchdowns per game in 2011.

Folks…he is a true freshman.

Not much else needs to be said. The Tigers know what’s at stake.

Prediction: Towson 40, Rhode Island 13
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Thanks for reading.

-Mike

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