2018 James Madison Dukes football team

The 2018 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in CAA play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Delaware in the first round before losing to Colgate in the second round.

2018 James Madison Dukes football
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 9
FCS CoachesNo. 10
2018 record9–4 (6–2 CAA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDonnie Kirkpatrick (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Trott (3rd season)
Home stadiumBridgeforth Stadium
(Capacity: 24,877)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Maine $^   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 James Madison ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 16 Stony Brook ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 20 Towson ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 24 Delaware ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 19 Elon ^   4 3         6 5  
Rhode Island   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   3 4         4 6  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Villanova   2 6         5 6  
Richmond   2 6         4 7  
Albany   1 7         3 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

On December 7, 2018, Mike Houston was formally announced and hired as the next coach of East Carolina, alongside nine staff members.[1]

Previous seasonEdit

The Dukes finished the 2017 season 14–1, 8–0 in CAA play to become CAA champions. They finished the regular season undefeated for the second time in school history (the other being 1975, before the Dukes joined the NCAA). In the FCS Playoffs they defeated Stony Brook, Weber State, and South Dakota State to advance to the FCS National Championship Game for the second consecutive year. They were unable to defend their 2016 National Championship, falling in the 2017 title game to North Dakota State.

PreseasonEdit

CAA PollEdit

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 24, 2018, the Dukes were predicted to win the CAA championship.[2]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 James Madison 241 (21)
2 New Hampshire 206 (2)
3 Delaware 182
4 Stony Brook 169
5 Elon 168 (1)
6 Villanova 164
7 Richmond 127
8 Maine 81
9 Albany 78
10 Towson 74
11 William & Mary 55
12 Rhode Island 39

Preseason All-CAA TeamEdit

The Dukes had six players selected to the preseason all-CAA team, including cornerback Rashad Robinson being selected as preseason defensive player of the year.

Award watch listsEdit

Award Player Position Year
Buck Buchanan Award[3] Rashad Robinson CB SR

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:00 p.m.at NC State*No. 2ESPNUL 13–2456,073
September 86:00 p.m.at Norfolk State*No. 2ESPN3W 17–0[a]6,482
September 137:30 p.m.[b]Robert Morris*No. 2NBCS WA+W 73–718,112
September 223:30 p.m.William & MaryNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA (rivalry)
NBCS WA+W 51–025,130
September 293:00 p.m.at RichmondNo. 2NBCS WA+W 63–108,217
October 61:30 p.m.No. 10 ElonNo. 2
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN/SNYL 24–2725,484
October 131:00 p.m.at VillanovaNo. 6FCS/FSGOW 37–05,219
October 273:30 p.m.No. 15 Stony Brook No. 3
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN/SNYW 13–1025,244
November 31:00 p.m.at New HampshireNo. 3FCSL 24–357,741
November 102:00 p.m.Rhode IslandNo. 9
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN/SNYW 48–3124,199
November 172:00 p.mat No. 15 TowsonNo. 7CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveW 38–177,208
November 243:00 p.m.No. 21 Delaware*No. 6
ESPN3W 20–67,297
December 11:00 p.m.at No. 9 Colgate*No. 6ESPN3L 20–236,418
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Source:[4]

  1. ^ The JMU–Norfolk State game was mutually ended after first quarter due to inclement weather.
  2. ^ Moved from Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

Game summariesEdit

at NC StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 7 0 3 3 13
Wolfpack 0 17 0 7 24

at Norfolk StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 17 17
Spartans 0 0

Due to inclement weather, the JMU–Norfolk State game was mutually ended after the first quarter.

Robert MorrisEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Colonials 0 0 0 7 7
No. 2 Dukes 21 31 14 7 73

William & MaryEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Tribe 0 0 0 0 0
No. 2 Dukes 7 10 21 13 51

at RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Dukes 7 28 21 7 63
Spiders 3 7 0 0 10

ElonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Phoenix 0 7 3 17 27
No. 2 Dukes 3 6 3 12 24

at VillanovaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Dukes 10 6 14 7 37
Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0

Stony BrookEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 15 Seawolves 0 10 0 0 10
No. 3 Dukes 7 0 0 6 13

at New HampshireEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 3 Dukes 3 0 7 14 24
Wildcats 14 7 7 7 35

Rhode IslandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 7 7 10 7 31
No. 9 Dukes 14 13 7 14 48

at TowsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 7 Dukes 7 17 7 7 38
No. 15 Tigers 7 3 0 7 17

FCS PlayoffsEdit

Delaware–First RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Fightin' Blue Hens 0 3 3 0 6
No. 6 Dukes 3 9 8 0 20

at Colgate–Second RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Dukes 7 3 3 7 20
No. 9 Raiders 3 3 14 3 23

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 2 (6) 2 (1) 2 (2) 2 (2) 2 (3) 2 (3) 6–T 4 3 3 9 7 6 9 
Coaches 2 (3) 2 2 (1) 2 2 2 8 5 3 3 10 8 6 10

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
7 227 Jimmy Moreland CB Washington Redskins

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pace, Blake (December 5, 2018). "Nine former staff members from JMU join Mike Houston at ECU". www.breezejmu.org. The Breeze. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Washburn, Rob (July 24, 2018). "James Madison Favored To Win Fourth Straight CAA Football Title in 2018". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "2018 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 6, 2018.