Apr 11, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT
The 2011 CAA Football schedule was officially released Monday by Commissioner Tom Yeager, and is made up of 77 games over a span of 12 weeks. CAA Football, which welcomes Old Dominion as a new football-playing member this season, will be a one-division 11-team league in 2011 and each squad’s slate will feature eight conference contests.
“Another exciting CAA Football season is right around the corner and we are looking forward with great anticipation,” Yeager said. “We have had a team playing in the National Championship game seven of the last eight seasons, and we know our teams will be trying to extend that string in 2011.”
The 2011 season of CAA Football will feature a total of 44 conference games and kicks off on the season’s second weekend, Sept. 10. Villanova, the 2009 National Champion and 2010 national semifinalist, will travel to Towson, Md., to face Towson.
“We are excited to welcome Old Dominion into the league as our 11th conference member this season,” Yeager said. “The competitive nature and success of our league will only benefit from adding the Monarchs into the mix.”
Ten of the league’s 33 non-conference tilts will feature opponents from the Bowl Subdivision classification, including seven teams that participated in bowl games last season — New Hampshire/Toledo (Sept. 1), Delaware/Navy (Sept. 3), James Madison/North Carolina (Sept. 3), Maine/Pittsburgh (Sept. 10), Rhode Island/Syracuse (Sept. 10), Massachustts/Boston College (Sept. 24) and Towson/Maryland (Oct. 1). Richmond (Duke) and William and Mary (Virginia) will square off against two more Atlantic Coast Conference members, while Villanova will open its season against crosstown counterpart Temple in the annual Governor’s Cup.
CAA Football continued to enjoy unprecedented success against schools from the Bowl Subdivision last season thanks to JMU’s epic 21-16 win at eventual ACC Champion Virginia Tech. Over the last five seasons CAA Football has posted 10 wins over FBS foes, while five of those victories have come in the last two years.
CAA Football’s mark against non-conference FCS opponents over the last four years is even more remarkable than its wins over the FBS ranks. The league is a combined 104-29 (.782) against non-conference FCS foes since 2007, having lost no more than nine non-conference games in a single season over that span.
“Collectively CAA Football teams have had great success on the field and pride themselves on establishing new benchmarks,” Yeager said. “Our league members are focused on building resumes to earn postseason berths and then winning games when they get there.”
Fans and media can download the 2011 CAA Football schedule in a number of printer-friendly formats below:
— 2011 CAA Football Schedule Release as of 4-12-11 (caasports.com)
— 2011 CAA Football Schedule as of 4-12-11 (caasports.com)
— 2011 CAA Football Weekly Schedule as of 4-12-11 (printer-friendly)
— 2011 CAA Football Team-By-Team Schedule as of 4-12-11 (printer-friendly)
— 2011 CAA Football Schedule Grid as of 4-12-11 (printer-friendly)
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