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Football Announces 2013 Schedule
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:12/30/2012

HARRISONBURG, Va.-The James Madison University football team announced its schedule for the 2013 season today, which includes six home games at Bridgeforth Stadium including defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Villanova. The home game times will be tentatively set in the coming weeks but will still be subject to change based on CAA Television contracts.

"We are pleased to once again have six home games for both our football program and the JMU Nation," Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said.  "It is important that we make sure that our schedule is as advantageous as possible to achieve our expectations for success which includes reaching and advancing in post-season play."

"We are looking forward to the 2013 season with the addition of the two new CAA teams, Albany and Stony Brook, both of which will be coming to Harrisonburg for the first time," Head Coach Mickey Matthews added. "It will once again be a challenging schedule for all."

Coming off its ninth straight winning season, JMU will start the season with a pair of home games sandwiched around its Football Bowl Subdivision game, as the Dukes open with Central Connecticut State on August 31 and then are home against Saint Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 14. The road game between there will be to InfoCision Stadium to take on the Akron Zips of the Mid-American Conference, Sept. 7.

Following its first open date, Madison will open conference play on the road for the second straight season, traveling to  Delaware, Sept. 28, taking on the Blue Hens for the first time since the 2010 season. The Dukes will then have back-to-back home CAA contests, hosting newcomer Albany for Family Weekend on Oct. 5 and then the rivalry contest with Richmond, Oct. 12.

The second open date leads into the final five game stretch of the regular season, staring with JMU traveling to Williamsburg to take on William & Mary Oct. 26. Defending CAA champion Villanova comes to Bridgeforth Stadium for Homecoming Nov. 2, with Madison then traveling to New Hampshire the following weekend on Nov. 9. Madison will host Senior Day against the other league newcomer Stony Brook on Nov. 16 before wrapping up the regular season at Towson, Nov. 23.

The 2013 Division I Football Championship Playoffs will begin Nov. 30, with the expanded 24-team bracket wrapping up with the 2014 NCAA Championship Game in January 2014 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas.

Day Date Opponent Time Series Record Last Meeting
Sat. Aug. 31 Central Connecticut State TBA JMU leads 1-0 2011 - at JMU 14, CCSU 9
Sat. Sept. 7 at Akron TBA First Meeting
Sat. Sept. 14 Saint Francis (Pa.) TBA JMU leads 1-0 2012 - at JMU 55, SFU 7
Sat. Sept. 21 Open Date

Sat. Sept. 28 at Delaware* TBA UD leads 12-8 2010 - UD 13, at JMU 10
Sat. Oct. 5 Albany* (Family Weekend) TBA First Meeting
Sat. Oct. 12 Richmond* TBA UR leads 17-13 2012 - at UR 35, JMU 29
Sat. Oct. 19 Open Date

Sat. Oct. 26 at William and Mary TBA JMU leads 20-15 2012 - at JMU 28, W&M 27 (ot)
Sat. Nov. 2 Villanova* (Homecoming) TBA Series tied 10-10 2012 - at VU 35, JMU 20
Sat Nov. 9 at New Hampshire* TBA Series tied 7-7 2011 - at UNH 28, JMU 10
Sat. Nov. 16 Stony Brook* (Senior Day) TBA First Meeting
Sat. Nov. 23 at Towson* TBA JMU leads 18-5-1 2012 - at JMU 13, TU 10

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