Nov 21, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT
For the second-straight season and third time in league history, CAA Football placed four teams in the NCAA Division I Football Championship field of 20. The league, which logged two of the Top-5 seeded teams, also saw each of its four playoff-bound squads with a bye into the second weekend of playoff-action, Dec. 4. Second-seeded William and Mary, third-seeded Delaware, defending national champion Villanova and New Hampshire will represent the league when second-round play kicks off Saturday, Dec. 4.
|William and Mary quarterback Mike Callahan|
CAA Football’s two seeded squads will host second-round games, but will not know their opponents until after the first-round weekend. No. 2 William and Mary, which logged the league’s automatic bid into the NCAA field, will face either Georgia Southern or South Carolina State at Zable Stadium, Dec. 4. Third-seeded Delaware, which shared the 2010 CAA Football Championship with William and Mary, will face either Northern Iowa or Lehigh at Delaware Stadium in the second round. Defending national champion Villanova received a first-round bye and will travel to Stephen F. Austin, Dec. 4, for a 3:30 p.m. (ET) kickoff on ESPN3.com. New Hampshire, which now has the nation’s longest active playoff-bid streak at seven-straight, will travel to Bethune-Cookman for a second-round matchup, Dec. 4.
CAA Football’s Championship history is unprecedented when it comes to placing teams in the postseason field. This year’s four selections extend a streak to 20-straight seasons of multiple bids for the CAA (formerly Atlantic 10 and Yankee Conference). The league has also now had multiple teams in the NCAA playoffs in 24 seasons and at least one team in the championship field 31-straight years.
With the four selections this season CAA Football now has a total of 75 NCAA Division I Championship berths and will be looking to add to its already impressive mark of 16 postseason wins and two national championships in the last two years.
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