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2018 Maine Black Bears football team

The 2018 Maine Black Bears football team represented the University of Maine in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They played their home games at Alfond Stadium. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. They were led by third-year head coach Joe Harasymiak.[1] They finished the season 10–4, 7–1 in CAA play to be crowned CAA champions. They received the CAA's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs where, after a first round bye, they defeated Jacksonville State in the second round, and Weber State in the quarterfinals before losing in the semifinals to Eastern Washington.

2018 Maine Black Bears football
Maine Black Bears script.svg
CAA champion
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 12
FCS CoachesNo. 14
2018 record10–4 (7–1 CAA)
Head coachJoe Harasymiak (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorNick Charlton (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorCorey Hetherman (3rd season)
Home stadiumAlfond Stadium
(Capacity: 10,000)
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 FCS Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Black Bears finished the 2017 season 4–6, 3–5 in CAA play to finish in a three-way tie for seventh place.

PreseasonEdit

CAA PollEdit

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 24, 2018, the Black Bears were predicted to finish in eighth place.[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 Black Bears had three players selected to the preseason all-CAA team.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.No. 7 New HampshireFCS/FSGOW 35–76,597
September 87:30 p.m.at Western Kentucky*No. 22ESPN+W 31–2815,178
September 223:00 p.m.at Central Michigan*No. 13ESPN+L 5–1716,474
September 291:00 p.m.at Yale*No. 16ESPN+L 14–357,889
October 63:30 p.m.No. 19 VillanovaNo. 25
  • Alfond Stadium
  • Orono, ME
FCS/WVII/WIPLW 13–106,894
October 1312:00 p.m.at No. 16 Rhode IslandNo. 21CAA.tvW 38–367,301
October 203:30 p.m.at William & MaryNo. 16Cox YurviewL 20–2710,462
October 271:00 p.m.Albany No. 24
  • Alfond Stadium
  • Orono, ME
FCS/WVII/WIPLW 28–99,248
November 34:00 p.m.at No. 15 TowsonNo. 23CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveW 35–287,356
November 103:00 p.m.at RichmondNo. 16NBCS WA+W 28–97,820
November 1712:00 p.m.No. 14 ElonNo. 16
  • Alfond Stadium
  • Orono, ME
FCS/WVII/WIPLW 27–266,584
December 112:00 p.m.No. 8 Jacksonville StateNo. 12
ESPN3W 55–276,145
December 78:00 p.m.at No. 3 Weber StateNo. 12
ESPN2W 23–187,726
December 152:00 p.m.at No. 4 Eastern WashingtonNo. 12
ESPN2L 19–507,529
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Game summariesEdit

New HampshireEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 7 Wildcats 0 0 0 7 7
Black Bears 0 22 7 6 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
44–56–8 2017 L, 23–24

at Western KentuckyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Black Bears 0 14 14 3 31
Hilltoppers 21 0 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Central MichiganEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Black Bears 0 0 3 2 5
Chippewas 0 10 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at YaleEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Black Bears 0 0 7 7 14
Bulldogs 7 7 14 7 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–8–1 2015 L, 10–21

VillanovaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Wildcats 3 0 7 0 10
No. 25 Black Bears 0 3 7 3 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–12 2017 L, 0–31

at Rhode IslandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Black Bears 7 7 8 16 38
No. 16 Rams 10 6 14 6 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
59–34–3 2017 W, 51–27

at William & MaryEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Black Bears 10 7 0 3 20
Tribe 7 7 3 10 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–7 2017 W, 23–6

AlbanyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Great Danes 0 0 3 6 9
No. 24 Black Bears 14 7 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2017 W, 12–10

at TowsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Black Bears 7 14 7 7 35
No. 15 Tigers 0 7 14 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–5 2015 L, 7–10

at RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 16 Black Bears 14 7 7 0 28
Spiders 0 3 0 6 9
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–13 2015 L, 17–48

ElonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Phoenix 0 10 10 6 26
No. 16 Black Bears 0 14 13 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2015 L, 22–27

FCS PlayoffsEdit

Maine received a bye in the first round.
Box scores:[4][5][6]

Jacksonville State–Second RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Gamecocks 7 7 10 3 27
No. 12 Black Bears 21 21 7 6 55
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Weber State–QuarterfinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Black Bears 0 7 7 9 23
No. 3 Wildcats 0 3 9 6 18
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Eastern Washington–SemifinalsEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 12 Black Bears 0 0 19 0 19
No. 4 Eagles 21 7 15 7 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS NR 22 17 13 16 25 21 16 24 23 16 16 12 4 
Coaches NR 25 20 16 16 25 22 20 RV RV 21 19 14 5

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football Announces 2018 Schedule". goblackbears.com. University of Maine Athletics. November 1, 2017. Retrieved April 19, 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. ^ "2018 Maine Football Schedule". goblackbears.com. University of Maine Athletics. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Jacksonville State vs. Maine - Game Summary - December 1, 2018 - ESPN". ESPN. December 9, 2018.
  5. ^ "Maine vs. Weber State - Game Summary - December 8, 2018 - ESPN". December 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Maine vs. Eastern Washington - Game Summary - December 15, 2018 - ESPN". December 9, 2018.