Friday, December 5, 2008


Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus and a football playoff.

Nice exacta.

When JMU takes the field in the quarterfinals of the D1AA Football Championship Division, their opponent will be a familiar one.
The Dukes will take on Villanova for the 17th time and the second time this season. JMU defeated Nova back in October on a last—second Hail Mary 23-9. JMU leads the series 9-7 and has a 4-3 lead in games at JMU.

Evidently, all week a photograph has circulated around James Madison's football offices and locker room showing a group of JM players exiting the field at Villanova while a pack of Wildcats fans make obscene gestures and yell at them. Well, Nova is in Philadelphia, so what do you expect. Hell, they boo Santa Claus remember?

Not that Dukes’ fans are all peaches and cream. JMU officials are adding extra security after complaints from visiting Wofford fans after last week’s first—round playoff game at Bridgeforth Stadium.

The winner of the JMU-Villanova game will advance to meet the winner of the Weber State at Montana game. As the top seed in the playoff field, JMU would host a third-round if it advances during second-round play.

This weekend’s FCS playoff games include the following:

Noon: Richmond (10-3) at Appalachian State (11-2)
2 p.m.: Weber State (10-3) at Montana (12-1)
3:30 p.m.: Villanova (10-2) at JMU (11-1)
7 p.m.: New Hampshire (10-2) at Northern Iowa (11-2)

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