A meeting against West Virginia helps to highlight the 2012 James Madison football schedule, which includes six home games at Bridgeforth Stadium.
JMU will open the season at home against two non-conference opponents for the first time, St. Francis (Pa.) on Sept. 1 and Alcorn State on Sept. 8
Coach Mickey Matthews' Dukes will then travel to FedEx Field in Landover, Md., on Sept. 15 to play West Virginia, the 2012 Orange Bowl winner. West Virginia won the one prior meeting with the Dukes, 45-10 in 2004.
JMU will play four CAA Football games at home against 2011 conference champion Towson (Oct. 6), William & Mary (Oct. 13), CAA newcomer Georgia State on Homecoming Day (Oct. 27) and Old Dominion on (Nov. 17).
The Dukes' road games within the CAA are at Rhode Island (Sept. 22), Richmond (Oct. 20), Maine (Nov. 3) and Villanova (Nov. 10).
"We are really excited about having six home games," Matthews said. "Our players and coaches are looking forward to playing West Virginia at FedEx Field. It is what I would call a balanced schedule with our home and away games more evenly distributed than last year. Ending the season with Old Dominion will begin a fun tradition for both institutions and football programs. "
JMU finished 8-5 and reached the second round of the FCS playoffs this past season.
2012 James Madison Football Schedule
Sept. 1, St. Francis (Pa.)
Sept. 8, Alcorn State
Sept. 15, at West Virginia (FedEx Field in Landover, Md.)
Sept. 22, at Rhode Island*
Oct. 6, Towson*
Oct. 13, William & Mary*
Oct. 20, at Richmond*
Oct. 27, Georgia State* (Homecoming)
Nov. 3, at Maine*
Nov. 10, at Villanova*
Nov. 17 Old Dominion*
* - CAA Football game