A pair of CAA Football squads are among the top 10 in the initial rankings released by the selection committee for the Division I Football Championship on Wednesday night.
James Madison is ranked No. 2 by the committee and New Hampshire is ranked No. 10. CAA Football was one of three conferences with multiple teams in the Top 10, along with the Missouri Valley Football Conference and the Big Sky Conference, which each had three.
JMU (8-1, 5-0 CAA) has made the playoff field for the past five seasons and has reached the FCS National Championship game twice in the past three years, winning the title in 2016. The Dukes are currently riding an eight-game winning streak, which includes four victories over nationally ranked opponents in the past five contests.
New Hampshire (5-3, 4-1 CAA) earned a berth in the FCS playoffs for 14 consecutive seasons before having that streak come to an end last year. The Wildcats advanced to the semifinals in 2013 and 2014. UNH has won five of its last six games after an 0-2 start, highlighted by two wins over nationally ranked foes.
New Hampshire and James Madison meet at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in Harrisonburg, Va.
Defending national champion North Dakota State is ranked No. 1, followed by JMU, Weber State, South Dakota State and Sacramento State. Ranked No. 6 is Northern Iowa, followed by Central Arkansas, Montana, Furman and New Hampshire.