CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - The James Madison football team has earned a National Seed in the FCS Playoffs for the fifth time in the last six years.
The Dukes (5-0) are the No. 3 overall seed, and they will host VMI (6-1) in the first round.
JMU is currently the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, but they were seeded behind South Dakota State and Sam Houston when the sixteen-team field was announced on Sunday morning.
Head coach Curt Cignetti says, “We’ve been playing this ‘Lack of Respect’ thing the last couple of games, and then with last night’s developments, and today’s. But at the end of the day, to reach your goals, you have to be successful week-in and week-out.”
Delaware (5-0), not top-ranked James Madison, was voted as the CAA Champion on Saturday night, in a vote of the league’s athletic directors.
JMU leads the nation in total defense (175.6 YPG), and they are second in the nation in scoring defense (9.8 PPG).
The Dukes are in the FCS Playoff for a program-record seventh year in a row.
JMU and VMI will kickoff on Saturday at two o’clock at Bridgeforth Stadium.
The winner of that game will take on the winner of North Dakota and Missouri State in the quarterfinals.