James Madison | College Football Preview
JAMES MADISON

THE VITALS
Last season | 7-4, 5-3 Colonial Athletic Association
Last playoff bid | 2011 (Lost to North Dakota State 26-14)

THE SCHEDULE
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

THE STORYLINES
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.