WVU has Division I-AA power James Madison pumped
College Football Videos
James Madison coach Mickey Matthews wondered why all the fuss.
Matthews, who operates one of the most successful football programs in the FCS, noticed a billboard promoting Saturday's 4:30 p.m. game against No. 9 West Virginia at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. He was concerned what his players would think.
“They had a billboard around here saying how many days it was to the WVU game,” Matthews said. “I don't know what that meant, you know? I don't know if our players are (concerned). I'm worried about the JMU Nation. You'd think this was Super Bowl V that we're playing.”
James Madison (2-0) has a favorable recent history against FBS teams like the Mountaineers. The Dukes upset No. 13 Virginia Tech, 21-16, in 2010, becoming the second FCS team to defeat the Hokies, who also became only the second ranked FBS team to lose to a lower division team.
Matthews called it his biggest win as a coach. A win against West Virginia would rank right up there.
“We still had to talk to our players about it back in August, that we had two games to play prior to the WVU game,” Matthews said. “On the other side of the coin, it's a good opportunity for our fans to go up there. We look forward to it. Sure, we're concerned, because we do have a lot of big games after this.”
Matthews is a master of the understatement. Told that Saturday's game will be shown live on Root Sports, he quipped, “I don't know if it's good or bad, but it's news.”
James Madison defeated its first two opponents, Saint Francis (Pa.) and Alcorn State, by a combined 97-10 margin. The Dukes are ranked No. 5 in the latest FCS coaches poll and No. 4 in The Sports Network Poll. They rank eighth among FCS teams in total offense and total defense.
John Harris is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.