2017 James Madison Dukes Football Team
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2017 James Madison Dukes Football Team
2017 James Madison Dukes football
James Madison University Athletics logo.svg
CAA champion
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 2
FCS CoachesNo. 2
2017 record14-1 (8-0 CAA)
Head coachMike Houston (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorDonnie Kirkpatrick (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBob Trott (2nd season)
Home stadiumBridgeforth Stadium
(Capacity: 24,877)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 James Madison $^   8 0         14 1  
No. 11 Stony Brook ^   7 1         10 3  
No. 20 Elon ^   6 2         8 4  
No. 12 New Hampshire ^   5 3         9 5  
Delaware   5 3         7 4  
Richmond   4 4         6 5  
Towson   3 5         5 6  
Villanova   3 5         5 6  
Maine   3 5         4 6  
Albany   2 6         4 7  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 8  
William & Mary   0 8         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2017 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium and Zane Showker Field. They are a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 14-1 overall with an 8-0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title and also finished undefeated in the regular season for the second time in school history (the other being 1975, before the Dukes joined the NCAA). They received an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated Stony Brook, Weber State, and South Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game for the second straight season, where they were defeated 17-13 by North Dakota State.

Previous season

In 2016, the Dukes finished the season with a 14-1 record, including an 8-0 mark in CAA play to win the conference title. They went undefeated in FCS play with their only loss coming to FBS North Carolina. They received an automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they defeated New Hampshire, Sam Houston State, and five-time defending champions North Dakota State to advance to the National Championship Game, where they defeated Youngstown State. This was their first national championship since 2004.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 26:00 p.m.at East Carolina*No. 1ESPN3W 34-1440,169
September 96:00 p.m.East Tennessee State*No. 1CSN MA+
MadiZone
W 52-1024,722
September 163:30 p.m.Norfolk State*No. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN2
MadiZone
W 75-1423,118
September 231:30 p.m.MaineNo. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN
MadiZone
W 28-1025,330
September 303:30 p.m.at DelawareNo. 1CSN+
CSN-P
W 20-1016,372
October 143:30 p.m.No. 11 VillanovaNo. 1
CSL[1]
MASN2
W 30-825,993
October 213:30 p.m.at William & MaryNo. 1Cox Yurview
WHSV
W 46-1413,125
October 283:30 p.m.No. 17 New HampshiredaggerNo. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MadiZoneW 21-025,298
November 4Noonat Rhode IslandNo. 1CSLW 38-33,227
November 113:30 p.m.RichmondNo. 1
  • Bridgeforth Stadium
  • Harrisonburg, VA
MASN2W 20-1324,586
November 18Noonat No. 11 ElonNo. 1PAAW 31-38,662
December 22:00 p.m.No. 10 Stony Brook*No. 1
ESPN3W 26-716,449
December 87:00 p.m.No. 11 Weber State*No. 1
ESPN2W 31-2813,497
December 164:30 p.m.No. 6 South Dakota State*No. 1
ESPNUW 51-1616,528
January 612:00 p.m.vs. No. 2 North Dakota State*No. 1ESPN2L 13-1719,090

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Game summaries

at East Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 0 14 13 34
Pirates 0 0 7 7 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

East Tennessee State

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 3 0 10
No. 1 Dukes 21 7 17 7 52
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-3[3] 1997 W, 32-27

Norfolk State

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 0 7 0 7 14
No. 1 Dukes 9 35 17 14 75
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Maine

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Bears 0 3 7 0 10
No. 1 Dukes 0 7 7 14 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
12-5[3] 2016 W, 31-20

at Delaware

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 10 0 3 20
Fightin' Blue Hens 3 7 0 0 10
Overall record Last meeting Result
10-14[3] 2016 W, 43-20

Villanova

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wildcats 0 0 0 8 8
No. 1 Dukes 3 10 3 14 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
14-11[3] 2016 W, 20-7

at William & Mary

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 7 12 10 17 46
Tribe 0 0 0 14 14
Overall record Last meeting Result
22-17[3] 2016 W, 31-24

New Hampshire

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Wildcats 0 0 0 0 0
No. 1 Dukes 0 14 7 0 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-8[3] 2016 FCS Playoffs W, 55-22

at Rhode Island

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 0 7 17 14 38
Rams 0 3 0 0 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-3[3] 2016 W, 84-7

Richmond

1 2 3 4 Total
Spiders 0 7 3 3 13
No. 1 Dukes 0 10 0 10 20
Overall record Last meeting Result
16-18[3] 2016 W, 47-43

at Elon

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Dukes 3 14 7 7 31
No. 11 Phoenix 0 0 0 3 3
Overall record Last meeting Result
5-0[3] 2016 W, 63-14

FCS Playoffs

Second Round-Stony Brook

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Seawolves 0 0 0 7 7
No. 1 Dukes 6 13 0 7 26
Overall record Last meeting Result
2-1[3] 2015 W, 38-20

Quarterfinals-Weber State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Wildcats 7 0 7 14 28
No. 1 Dukes 7 3 0 21 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Semifinals-South Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 6 Jackrabbits 0 10 0 6 16
No. 1 Dukes 7 14 30 0 51
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

National Championship-North Dakota State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 2 Bison 7 10 0 0 17
No. 1 Dukes 3 3 7 0 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
1-0[3] 2016 W, 27-17

Roster

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final
STATS FCS 1 (134) 1 (152) 1 (148) 1 (156) 1 (154) 1 (157) 1 (160) 1 (160) 1 (157) 1 (156) 1 (162) 1 (163) 1 (153) 2
Coaches 1 (20) 1 (25) 1 (24) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (25) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 1 (26) 2 (1)

References

  1. ^ Washburn, Rob (August 18, 2017). "CAA PARTNERS WITH CBS SPORTS DIGITAL". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "2017 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Football All-Time Records". Retrieved 2017.

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