UALBANY Football Week 7 Preview, UAlbany vs. Towson

by Ryan McCarthy, BBM Staff Writer

The UAlbany Great Danes will attempt to get back to their winning ways when they face the Towson Tigers in their Homecoming Game on Saturday afternoon.

The Great Danes enter the toughest half of their season as four of their next five opponents are nationally ranked. The Tigers are one of those teams; they are ranked #14 in the FCS Coaches Poll and #13 in the STATS FCS Top 25. In addition to their national raking, the Tigers currently share first place in the CAA with Maine (3-0 conference, 5-1 overall).

How do both sides match up?

UAlbany Offense vs. Towson Defense: The Great Danes offense has been seeking consistency for much of the 2018 season. Last week, Richmond’s front seven was effective in stifling the run game and putting pressure on QB Vincent Testaverde, sacking him five times. UAlbany does have a chance to get he run game back on track against the Tigers, though; Towson ranks near the bottom of the conference with 170 yards allowed per game in 2018. Though their run stopping ability has been suspect, the pass defense has been effective for the Tigers, allowing an average of 200 yards a game, allowing only nine touchdowns and causing four interceptions. Keep an eye on their three linebackers; LB Diontre Wallace leads the team with 55 total tackles, Robert Hayward has three passes defended to go with three pass breakups, and Keon Paye has five tackles for loss to go with a sack and a QB hurry. They could be trouble for the UAlbany offense.

UAlbany Defense vs. Towson Offense: For the second straight week, the Great Danes face a team that likes to throw the ball. Towson’s offense features another familiar last name: Tom Flacco transferred from Rutgers to play in the same city as his older brother Joe and in his first season as QB has led the Tigers to an undefeated record in the CAA. One of those wins was against Stony Brook in week six, who was ranked 13th in the FCS Coaches poll before their meeting. Flacco’s stats are impressive: he leads the conference in total offense with an average of 351 total yards per game and 17 touchdowns (15 passing). His primary passing target is WR Shane Leatherbury, who leads the team with 35 receptions for 531 yards and three touchdowns. Towson’s passing attack will pose a daunting task for the Great Danes’ defense, which had an effective outing against Richmond last week. One vulnerability that the Tigers do have is preventing the pass rush: the Tigers have allowed 14 sacks this season.

Outlook: The classic dog vs. cat battle takes the field on Saturday afternoon. The Great Danes can feed off of a homecoming crowd that is sure to be raucous. The defense will force Flacco to make mistakes and the offense need to establish the run early and often. Their chances of winning will be good if they can do both.

Time: 3:30pm.

Where to Watch: Game day tickets available at (livestream also available).

Where to Listen: ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (UA feed), CBS Sports Radio 1300 (Towson feed).

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