Old Dominion and Georgia State are out. Stony Brook and Albany are in. New teams. New coaches. Transition.

The Colonial Athletic Association's football wing kicks off Wednesday, with preseason media day at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

The event won't draw 1,200 media members over three days, as the Southeastern Conference gathering did, but there's no shortage of topics.

How will new members Albany and Stony Brook fare? Are they suitable replacements for Old Dominion and Georgia State, which exited the league so their upwardly mobile football programs could play in the Bowl Subdivision.

Can the CAA in general, and a couple of teams in particular, regain their competitive mojo? The league, arguably the best in FCS from 2006-2010, landed only three teams in the playoffs last season. No CAA team has advanced past the quarterfinals since Delaware in 2010.

Prior to Wednesday's gabfest, thumbnails on the league's 11 teams, in no particular order:

William and Mary: Coach Jimmye Laycock rejected Brent Caprio's suggestion that the Tribe's starting quarterback be determined by a chipping and putting contest at Kingsmill.

It will be decided the old-fashioned way: Caprio and the other hopefuls must call out coverages in the video room while dodging ninja throwing stars hurled by new coordinator Kevin Rogers; most right answers and fewest wounds gets the job.

W&M had better talent than its 2-9 record indicated last season and does so again. But the CAA is a fast tumble and a tough climb.

James Madison: Mickey Matthews will update his Facebook page and live-Tweet conversations with stud linebacker Stephon Robertson when the Dukes have the ball this season.

This will provide new offensive coordinator Mike O'Cain and O-line coach Curt Newsome more freedom to open up the offense, and will reduce the chances for Matthews' head to explode when O'Cain calls for consecutive pass plays inside the JMU 15.

We're told that quarterback Michael Birdsong, a kind of Logan Thomas Lite, will chuck it around a bunch more than is the norm in Harrisonburg. We'll believe it when we see it.

Richmond: The NCAA invoked the One Rocco Rule on the Spiders for 2013, ruling that Virginia transfer QB Michael Rocco must sit out a year before playing.

A blow, certainly, but Uncle Danny returns 17 starters from an 8-3 team that tied for the regular-season title and won its past four. Key among them are Ben Edwards (York), the versatile and productive receiver who blurs positions, linebacker Aaron Roane and defensive lineman Kerry Wynn.

Villanova: The Wildcats' 8-4 record and return to the playoffs mean that Andy Talley doesn't have to walk the streets of the Main Line telling old Brian Westbrook and Brian Finneran stories.

The Wildcats return 16 starters from the last CAA team to beat Old Dominion and are one of the preseason faves. They feature All-CAA noseguard Antoine Lewis and lineman Rakim Cox on the defensive side, and quarterback John Robertson, last year's Jerry Rice Award winner as the best freshman in the country, and running back Kevin Monangai.

Towson: Probably the CAA's second-best team at the end of last season, but the Tigers didn't go to the playoffs because they couldn't overcome two losses to FBS teams that saddled them with a 7-4 record.

As restitution, former athletic director Mike Waddell has mowed coach Rob Ambrose's lawn and washed and waxed his car all summer. And not with one of those easy-wipe compounds on TV commercials. Oh no. Old-school Turtle Wax. No power buffer, either.

Holes to fill, particularly on the defensive line and at quarterback, but Towson returns all five starting offensive linemen, monster tailback Terrance West, all three linebackers and a pair of top-shelf corners in Jordan Love and Tye Smith.

New Hampshire: Further proof of coach Sean McDonnell's wizardry lies not only in the Wildcats' ninth consecutive FCS playoff appearance from the football hotbed of Durham, N.H., but the fact that UNH received a first-round bye after getting dump-trucked by Towson (64-35) in the regular-season finale.