Maine, UNH and Towson Earn NCAA Championship Berths
RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 24, 2013) – Perennially one of the nation’s most competitive conferences, CAA Football will be represented by Maine, New Hampshire and Towson in the NCAA Division I Football Championship. The Black Bears and Tigers earned seeds to receive first round byes, while the Wildcats will make their 10th-straight playoff appearance after earning an at-large berth.
CAA Football Champion Maine returns to the postseason for the second time in three years after finishing with a 10-2 (7-1) record and earning the No. 5 seed in this year’s championship field. The 10th-ranked Black Bears will host the first round winner of Saturday’s New Hampshire/Lafayette matchup on Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. This will be the first time Maine has hosted a home playoff game in the 121-year history of the program.
Towson will also make its second playoff appearance in three years and will do so as the No. 7 seed in the postseason field. The fifth-ranked Tigers, who wrapped up the regular season 10-2 (6-2), have a first round bye before playing host to the winner of Fordham and Northeast Conference Champion Sacred Heart on Dec. 7 at 1 p.m.
New Hampshire extended its FCS-best playoff streak to a decade behind a 7-4 overall record and a 6-2 mark in CAA Football play. The 15th-ranked Wildcats will welcome Patriot League Champion Lafayette to Cowell Stadium at Noon in Saturday’s first round.
CAA Football’s Championship history is unprecedented when it comes to placing teams in the postseason field. This year’s three selections extend a streak to 23 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 27 seasons and at least one team in the championship field 34 straight years.
Updated game times and schedule changes can be found at CAAFootball.com leading up to the first and second round games. Additional postseason coverage can be found on CAA Football’s official Every Day Is Saturday blog.