CAA has three-way tie for first place

The championship race in CAA Football is back to a three- way tie for first place.

On Saturday, No. 14 Towson handed No. 7 Maine its first loss with a 40-30 road win and No. 9 New Hampshire handled visiting James Madison, 28-10. The results left Maine, Towson and UNH each at 7-2 overall and 5-1 in the conference.

The unpredictable race will mainly come down to head-to-head action between the leaders as UNH will visit Towson on Nov. 12 and host Maine on Nov. 19. In addition, Maine will host Massachusetts on Nov. 12 and Towson, which had been picked last in the CAA's preseason poll, will visit Rhode Island on Nov. 19.

The CAA champion will earn the conference's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. All three first-place leaders have seven wins against Division I opponents, which generally is considered a must to earn an at-large selection.