JMU Makes FCS Playoffs, Will Not Host

By: Daren Stoltzfus Email
By: Daren Stoltzfus Email

James Madison will head to Eastern Kentucky Saturday, November 26 for the opening round of the 2011 NCAA FCS Playoff.

Madison is one of five Colonial Athletic Association teams to make the tournament, the most of any conference.

The Dukes (7-4) will meet an Eastern Kentucky (7-4) team from the Ohio Valley Conference, that has won six of their last seven games.

Madison is in their first playoff tournament since 2008 and would potentially play five road games to win a championship.

JMU is one of eight teams in the 20 team field playing in a first round game. Their game is the only first round game to be on national television (ESPNU).

With a win, Madison would face the overall number two seed, North Dakota State, on the road a week from Saturday.

Here is the first round schedule. All first round games will take place Saturday, November 26th.

James Madison (7-4) at Eastern Kentucky (7-4), ESPNU and ESPN3 at Noon.

Albany (8-3) at Stony Brook (8-3), ESPN3

Central Arkansas (8-3) at Tennessee Tech (7-3), ESPN3

Norfolk State (9-2) at Old Dominion (9-2), ESPN3

Second Round - Saturday, December 3rd
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Albany/Stony Brook winner at (1) Sam Houston State (11-0)

New Hampshire (8-3) at Montana State (9-2)

Wofford (8-3) at (5) Northern Iowa (9-2)

Central Arkansas/Tennessee Tech winner at (4) Montana (9-2)

Norfolk State/Old Dominion winner at (3) Georgia Southern (9-2)

Maine (8-3) at Appalachian State (8-3)

Lehigh (10-1) at Towson (9-2)

James Madison/Eastern Kentucky winner at (2) North Dakota State (10-1)

Quarterfinal Round - Friday, December 9th/Saturday, December 10th
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New Hampshire/Montana St winner vs. Albany/Stony Brook/Sam Houston St winner

Wofford/Northern Iowa winner vs. Central Arkansas/Tenn Tech/Montana winner

Maine/Appalachian St winner vs. Norfolk St/Old Dominion/Ga Southern winner

Lehigh/Towson winner vs. James Madison/Eastern Ky/North Dakota State winner

Semifinal Round - Friday, December 16th
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TBA, 8 p.m.

Saturday, December 17th
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TBA, 2:30 p.m.

Championship Game - Saturday, January 7th
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Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas

Semifinal winners, 1 p.m.


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