UAlbany and Richmond capped the 2023 regular season in the same spot, both earning a share of the Coastal Athletic Association championship.
Both Delaware and its Coastal Athletic Association counterpart Richmond were in the late second quarters of their 1st Round FCS Playoffs at the same time. And, there was a point when their overlapping contests found them trailing by 34 combined points — Richmond down 20-7 to North Carolina Central, Delaware behind Lafayette, 28-7.
The 1st Round of the 2023 FCS Playoffs features a pair of games involving Coastal Athletic Association teams: Delaware hosts Patriot League champion Lafayette, while Richmond welcomes North Carolina Central to Robins Stadium.
Each of the four Coastal Athletic Association teams with the strongest cases for the 2023 FCS Playoffs field — co-champions UAlbany, Richmond and Villanova, along with Delaware — landed bids to the postseason.
The Richmond Spiders left Walter J. Zable Stadium at Cary Field on Saturday with a lot more than just another victory.
The regular season is wrapping up for NCAA FCS football teams and the playoffs begin Sunday, Nov. 19 when programs across the country learn if they've made the playoffs and where they'll be playing after Thanksgiving.
Ahead of their rivalry football game, the Battle of the Blue, Delaware Football and Villanova Football both saw a boost in their rankings in the Week 12 NCAA FCS Football Coaches Poll.
Rhode Island graduate running back Ja’Den McKenzie and Monmouth senior wide receiver Dymere Miller shared Offensive Player of the Week honors, while William & Mary senior linebacker Kevin Jarrell was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week. Richmond freshman punter Aaron Trusler was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Week and UAlbany freshman running back Griffin Woodell repeated as the Rookie of the Week.
Playoff football begins in earnest this week in a heated race for the Coastal Athletic Association championship.
On the same Saturday that Furman became the first team to officially punch its ticket to the FCS Playoffs, the Coastal Athletic Association fell into even more chaos for the final two-week stretch.
The Great Danes have cracked the Coaches Poll.
Villanova graduate quarterback Connor Watkins and Delaware senior running back Marcus Yarns shared Offensive Player of the Week accolades, while Richmond senior linebacker Tristan Wheeler was selected as the Defensive Player of the Week. Hampton junior kick returner Romon Copeland was honored as the Special Teams Player of the Week and William & Mary freshman tight end Sean McElwain was named the Rookie of the Week.
In a distinguished career as the longtime and only head coach for Monmouth football, Kevin Callahan has endured by being a quick study. Thus, it's no surprise it didn't take the Hawks head coach long to realize the parity of the Coastal Athletic Association.
Richmond freshman quarterback Camden Coleman was selected as the Offensive Player of the Week, while UAlbany senior linebacker Dylan Kelly was honored as the Defensive Player of the Week. Rhode Island junior kick returner Randy Jordan was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Week and Rhode Island freshman cornerback Syeed Gibbs was named the Rookie of the Week.
Three regional rivalries headlined the Week 3 Coastal Athletic Association docket. CAA teams went 3-0 in those contests, and not without some theatrics.