CAA Football Announces 2008 Schedule
By ODU Athletics
March 31, 2008
RICHMOND, Va.- The 2008 CAA Football schedule was released Monday by Commissioner Thomas E. Yeager, and is made up of 91 games over a span of 13 weeks.
"Last season we placed a record five teams in the NCAA Playoffs as three advanced to the quarterfinals and the remaining two lost on the final play of their first-round games," Yeager said. "Delaware and Richmond both advanced to last year's National Semifinals, and the Blue Hens finished the 2007 season as the National Runner-Up."
The 2008 season of CAA Football will feature a total of 48 conference games, beginning Saturday, Sept. 13, when Towson visits Richmond, Massachusetts travels to James Madison and Rhode Island hosts New Hampshire. The CAA Football conference's slate features five intra-division contests for each squad as well as three contests outside of the respective six-team divisions.
"We are looking forward to the upcoming CAA Football season," Yeager said. "CAA Football has been represented in four of the last five National Championship games. Delaware and James Madison claimed the 2003 and 2004 titles making CAA Football the only conference to have two different programs win National Championships in consecutive seasons."
Thirteen of the league's 43 non-conference tilts will feature opponents from the Bowl Subdivision classification, including eight teams which participated in bowl games last season -- Hofstra/Connecticut (Aug. 28), Northeastern/Ball State (Aug. 28), Delaware/Maryland (Aug. 30), Towson/Navy (Aug. 30), Villanova/West Virginia (Aug. 30), Richmond/Virginia (Sept. 6), Massachusetts/Texas Tech (Sept. 20) and Rhode Island/Boston College (Sept. 27). CAA Football non-conference foes also include teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Big Ten, the Mid-American Conference and an FBS Independent. CAA Football teams have been successful against schools from the FBS ranks, logging at least two victories over the higher level foes in five of the last six seasons.
CAA Football non-conference contests featuring 2007 NCAA Division I Football Championship participants include Fordham as well as three-time defending National Champion Appalachian State. James Madison will host the Mountaineers, Sept. 20, in a rematch of last season's first-round heartbreaking loss to the eventual champions.
"A testament to our league's overall balance is evidenced by having 10 of the 12 members compete in the NCAA Championships over the past seven years," Yeager said. "Our teams have won more NCAA Championship games over the past six years than any other FCS conference in the country, and we are looking forward to continuing this excellence in another exciting season of CAA Football."
The 2008 CAA Football schedule is as follows: 2008 CAA Football Composite Schedule (As of March 26, 2008)
Thursday, August 28 Northeastern at Ball State Hofstra at Connecticut
Saturday, August 30 Towson at Navy Delaware at Maryland Richmond at Elon Albany at Massachusetts Monmouth at Rhode Island James Madison at Duke Maine at Iowa Villanova at West Virginia
Saturday, September 6 Morgan State at Towson Richmond at Virginia William and Mary at NC State Massachusetts at Holy Cross Rhode Island at Fordham North Carolina Central at James Madison New Hampshire at Army Maine at Monmouth
Saturday, September 13 *Towson at Richmond *Massachusetts at James Madison *New Hampshire at Rhode Island West Chester at Delaware Northeastern at Georgia Southern VMI at William and Mary Stony Brook at Maine Albany at Hofstra Lehigh at Villanova
Saturday, September 20 *Maine at Richmond *Rhode Island at Hofstra Towson at Coastal Carolina Delaware at Furman Norfolk State at William and Mary Massachusetts at Texas Tech Appalachian State at James Madison Albany at New Hampshire Northeastern at Syracuse Villanova at Penn
Saturday, September 27 *Richmond at Villanova *James Madison at Maine Columbia at Towson Albany at Delaware UC Davis at Northeastern Rhode Island at Boston College New Hampshire at Dartmouth Hofstra at Stony Brook
Saturday, October 4 *Northeastern at Towson *Delaware at Massachusetts *Villanova at William and Mary *Hofstra at James Madison Richmond at VMI Brown at Rhode Island
Saturday, October 11 *Rhode Island at Towson *Maine at Delaware *Massachusetts at Northeastern *James Madison at Richmond *William and Mary at New Hampshire
Saturday, October 18 *William and Mary at Delaware *New Hampshire at Northeastern *Richmond at Massachusetts *Villanova at Rhode Island *Hofstra at Maine
Saturday, October 25 *Delaware at Hofstra *Northeastern at Maine *Rhode Island at William and Mary *James Madison at Villanova *Towson at New Hampshire Georgetown at Richmond Bryant at Massachusetts
Saturday, November 1 *William and Mary at Towson *Delaware at James Madison *Villanova at Northeastern *Massachusetts at Rhode Island *Hofstra at New Hampshire Iona at Maine
Saturday, November 8 *Towson at Delaware *Northeastern at William and Mary *Richmond at Hofstra *Maine at Massachusetts *New Hampshire at Villanova
Saturday, November 15 *Towson at Villanova *Delaware at Richmond *Northeastern at Hofstra *William and Mary at James Madison *Massachusetts at New Hampshire *Maine at Rhode Island
Saturday, November 22 *James Madison at Towson *Villanova at Delaware *Rhode Island at Northeastern *Richmond at William and Mary *Hofstra at Massachusetts *New Hampshire at Maine
Saturday, November 29 NCAA Division I Football Championship -- First Round
Saturday, December 6 NCAA Division I Football Championship -- Quarterfinals
Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13 NCAA Division I Football Championship -- Semifinals
Friday, December 19 NCAA Division I Football Championship -- Title Game (Finley Stadium/Davenport Field; Chattanooga, Tenn.)
* - CAA Football Game Schedule subject to change