Last season | 7-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association
Last playoff bid | 2011 (Lost to North Dakota State 26-14)
Aug. 31 | Central Connecticut State | 6 p.m.
Sept. 7 | at Akron | 6
Sept. 14 | Saint Francis (Pa.) | 6
Sept. 21 | Charlotte | 6
Sept. 28 | at Delaware | 7
Oct. 5 | Albany |1:30
Oct. 12 | Richmond | 3:30
Oct. 26 | at William and Mary | 3:30
Nov. 2 | Villanova | 2:30
Nov. 9 | at New Hampshire | 12:30
Nov. 16 | Stony Brook | 3:30
Nov. 23 | at Towson | 3:30
Replacing Justin Thorpe | Last year's starting QB for the Dukes threw for 1,529 yards and ran for 681 more, scoring 21 total touchdowns. Sophomore Michael Birdsong has some experience, but underwent an emergency appendectomy in early August and may not return by opening day.
Can the Dukes return to glory? | Once a premier team in the CAA, JMU has not finished higher than sixth in the conference since 2008, and is projected to finish fifth in 2013.
Offensive experience | The Dukes lost only three offensive starters from last season. The offense will be more experienced and should improve on its CAA rankings in passing offense (9th) and total offense (6th).
Dae'Quan Scott | Sr. | 5-9 | 205 | RB
The tailback and punt returner had 1,157 all-purpose yards and 12 total touchdowns in 2012.
Stephon Robertson | Sr. | 5-11 | 225 | LB
The 2012 CAA Defensive Player of the Year finished last season with 101 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, a sack, an interception, and a forced fumble on his way to his second straight first team All-CAA selection.
Dean Marlowe | Jr. | 6-2 | 195 | S
Marlowe was a force in the secondary for the Dukes, recording three interceptions and breaking up seven passes. He was also second on the team with 82 tackles.
Fifteenth year at JMU (103-65) and overall. Matthews holds the record for most wins in program history, having led the Dukes to six total playoff appearances and an NCAA championship in 2004.