“It just makes sense,” Swofford said. “This is the fourth year in a row that a CAA team has defeated a Division I-A team, and Lord knows our current lineup of ACC squads has trouble doing that week-in and week-out.”
How good is the CAA? According to the Washington Post, the league sent a record five teams to the FCS (D I-AA) playoffs in each of the past two seasons. Last year in the 16-team field, four of the final eight teams and two of the final four teams were from the CAA.
Richmond, which is ranked No. 1 in the two FCS (D I-AA) polls, was the third CAA team to win the national championship in the last six years – that list includes T.A.H. alma mater JMU. Half of the top 10 teams ranked in each of the polls are from the CAA; seven CAA teams are ranked in the top 25.