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Wednesday, May 10, 2006


Nine contests versus I-A opponents highlights non-conference slate

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A league record-tying nine contests versus I-A opponents along with a match-up against defending national champion Appalachian State highlight the 2006 Atlantic 10 Football Conference schedule.

For the third consecutive year, the Conference will employ a two-division format, with each team playing all five divisional opponents, along with three contests versus members of the opposite division.

Atlantic 10 teams enter the 2006 campaign looking to knock off a I-A team for the fourth time in the last five seasons. On Aug. 31, Rhode Island visits Connecticut, the Rams' first contest against a I-A foe since 2003. On Sept. 2, Northeastern travels to Virginia Tech, Richmond visits Duke, Villanova takes on Central Florida, and William & Mary meets Maryland. On Sept. 9, Hofstra squares off against Marshall, Massachusetts visits Navy, and New Hampshire goes to Northwestern. Maine concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule on Sept. 30 when it visits Boston College. Central Florida, Navy, Northwestern, Virginia Tech, and Boston College all participated in bowls games last season.

On Sept. 9, James Madison, the 2004 national champion, travels to Boone, NC, to take on Appalachian State in a battle of the past two national champions. Other notable non-conference match-ups include Massachusetts hosting NCAA playoff participant Colgate on Sept. 2; Maine visiting four-time national champion Youngstown State on Sept. 9; William & Mary hosting Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 16 in the 84th meeting of the series; and Rhode Island squaring off against Ivy League champion Brown on Sept. 30. In addition, Hofstra and Delaware will meet on Oct. 14 at Delaware Stadium in a non-conference tilt for both teams.

Stephen Haug
Associate Director of Communications
Atlantic 10 Conference
230 South Broad Street - Suite 1700
Philadelphia, PA 19102
215.545.6678 (phone)


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