HARRISONBURG, Va. -- Following a strong offensive showing and a home win, James Madison rose two spots in both major FCS polls, coming in at No. 7 in the STATS FCS Top 25 and No. 8 in the AFCA FCS Coaches’ Top 25.
The Dukes (7-3, 5-2 CAA) are coming off a 48-31 victory against Rhode Island last Saturday on Senior Day. Redshirt junior Ben DiNucci was named Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week after accounting for five total touchdowns. He passed for 227 yards and a career-high four touchdowns and added a rushing score.
Entering the final week of the regular season, JMU is a game back in the conference standings, at 5-2. Maine has already clinched a share of the title, sitting at 6-1. JMU is currently in a four-way tie for second with Delaware, Stony Brook and Towson and can win a share of the CAA title with a win and Maine loss to Elon.
North Dakota State remains atop both polls again this week, receiving all first-place votes from the media and coaches. Following the Bison in the media poll are Kennesaw State, Weber State, Eastern Washington and South Dakota State. On the coaches’ side EWU was third, Weber was fourth and SDSU rounded out the top five.
In the CAA, six teams are ranked in both polls this week. Behind JMU are Stony Brook (10/10), Elon (14/12), Towson (15/16), Maine (16/19) and Delaware (17/18). Rhode Island also received votes in both polls.
No. 7 JMU closes the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 17 when it travels to Maryland to face No. 15 Towson. Kickoff from Johnny Unitas Stadium is set for 2 p.m. and will be streamed on College Sports Live. Pregame coverage on the JMU Sprint Broadcast Network begins at 1 p.m.