UAlbany football set to take on Richmond
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football program will be facing a nationally ranked opponent for the third consecutive week when it meets Richmond on Saturday at Robins Stadium.
The Great Danes, ranked No. 24 in this week’s STATS Poll and receiving votes in the Coaches Poll, are looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 6-0 loss at No. 23/RV Elon.
Richmond, ranked No. 14 in both polls, had a bye last week.
UAlbany is looking for its first victory over Richmond, which has won all four of the previous meetings, including last season’s 36-33 triple-overtime game at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.
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NEWS AND NOTES
Great Danes remain in Top 25: UAlbany was ranked in the STATS Poll for a second consecutive week, coming in at No. 24 despite Saturday’s loss to Elon. The Great Danes also are receiving votes in the Coaches Poll. The Great Danes had been ranked No. 19 in the STATS Poll and No. 22 in the Coaches Poll entering the Elon game That was UAlbany’s first ranking since the preseason, when it was No. 24 in the STATS poll. The program’s highest-ever ranking in the STATS poll was No. 16 after starting the 2016 season with four straight wins.
Doing it with defense: Under defensive coordinator Bernard Clark, the UAlbany defense is allowing just 12.2 points per game, second-best in the CAA behind only James Madison. The Great Danes haven’t allowed more than 285 total yards in a game this season and are giving up just 7.5 ppg over their past four contests. Here’s a closer look at where the Great Danes’ defense ranks in the league and nationally:
- Points allowed: 12.2 per game (No. 2 in the CAA, No. 7 nationally)
- Total defense: 251.2 yards per game (No. 2 in the CAA, No. 6 nationally)
- Rush defense: 94.2 yards per game (No. 3 in the CAA, No. 17 nationally)
- Pass defense: 157.0 yards per game (No. 2 in the CAA, No. 13 nationally)
- Opp. 3rd-down percentage: 31.5 (No. 2 in the CAA, No. 21 nationally)
- Fumbles recovered: 8 (No. 1 in the CAA, No. 2 nationally)
CAA strength: Seven CAA Football teams are ranked nationally in this week’s STATS Top 25 poll, tying the conference record. The last time seven CAA Football teams were nationally ranked was Oct. 29, 2012. Six teams are also ranked in the FCS Coaches poll.
- James Madison remained No.1 in both polls.
- New Hampshire moved up to No. 13 in both set of rankings.
- Villanova rose to No. 12 in the STATS poll and No. 15 in the Coaches Poll.
- Elon climbed to No. 18 in the STATS poll and entered the Coaches Poll at No. 23.
- Stony Brook was ranked for the first time this season at No. 23 by STATS and No. 24 by the Coaches.
Scouting Richmond: Richmond’s offense ranks first in the nation, posting 557.5 yards per game. The Spiders are led by redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Lauletta, who is No. 1 nationally with 417.5 passing yards per game. Lauletta leads the CAA in passing TDs (14), passing yards 1,670, passing yards per game (417.5) and passing yards per completion (14.7). Richmond has won 20 of its past 29 CAA regular-season games. The Spiders have won four CAA titles since 2007. Richmond was picked second in the CAA preseason poll.
After a bye week, UAlbany returns to Tom & Mary Casey Stadium for its homecoming game Oct. 21 against Maine.