PLAY (OFF) IT AGAIN: FIVE CAA TEAMS EARN NCAA BERTHS

PLAY (OFF) IT AGAIN: FIVE CAA TEAMS EARN NCAA BERTHS

RICHMOND, Va. (November 24, 2008) -- For the second-straight season CAA Football placed five teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championship field of 16.  The league, in just its second season after taking over what was once the Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference, equals its record-breaking mark from a season ago when it also placed five in the Championships.  Top-seeded James Madison, Maine, New Hampshire, Richmond and Villanova will represent the league when Championship action kicks off Saturday, Nov. 29.

Three of the five CAA Football squads will serve as hosts during first round action, Nov. 29, including No. 1 overall seed James Madison as well as Richmond and Villanova.  The Dukes, who won the CAA Football title outright becoming the first undefeated (8-0) league champion since 2006, will host Wofford at Bridgeforth Stadium in Harrisonburg, Va., Nov. 29.  The Spiders, who finished 9-3 overall, will host Eastern Kentucky at UR Stadium, Nov. 29.  Richmond’s matchup with the Colonels marks a rematch from the 2007 NCAA Division I Championship first round.  Villanova, which is making its first postseason appearance since 2002 when it advance to the semifinals, will welcome Patriot League Champion Colgate to Villanova Stadium, Nov. 29.

Maine, which finished the season 8-4 and also appearing in the postseason for the first time since 2002,  will face third-seeded Northern Iowa, Nov. 29, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  New Hampshire, which won the CAA Football North Division with a mark of 6-2, will also head to the midwest when it faces Southern Illinois in Carbondale, Ill., Nov. 29.

CAA Football’s Championship history is unprecedented when it comes to placing teams in the field of 16.  This year’s five selections extend a streak to 18-straight seasons of multiple bids for the CAA (formerly Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference).  This season also marks the second-straight year the league has had five teams advance to postseason play -- a conference mark accomplished for the first time ever last season by CAA Football when Delaware, James Madison, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Richmond all advanced to the postseason.

With the five selections this season CAA Football now has a total of 74 NCAA Division I Championship berths and will be looking to add to its already impressive mark of 24 postseason wins in the last five years.

Updated game times and schedule changes can be found at CAASports.com throughout the week leading up to the first round games.