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Conference games announced for University of Delaware spring football season

Delaware News Desk
At a 2019 game, Delaware head coach Danny Rocco, assistant coaches and players watch from the sidelines at Delaware Stadium.

The Colonial Athletic Association which includes the University of Delaware announced its conference football schedule today for the 2021 spring season. The season was postponed this fall because of the coronavirus. 

The schedule includes a six‐game slate for each institution using a unique divisional format. 

The North Division will include seven teams: Delaware, Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Stony Brook and Villanova.

There will be four teams in the South Division: Elon, James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary.

Towson announced Oct. 19 that it would not compete during the 2021 spring season.

Teams in the North will face each other once (three home, three away), while teams in the South will meet twice, with each team getting a home and an away game.

The team with the best overall conference record will earn the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Football Championship. Should the divisional champions finish with the same conference record, a tie‐ breaking procedure will be used to determine the automatic qualifier.

“We are pleased to announce the conference schedule for the 2021 spring football season, but understand this is just the next step in the planning process associated with playing football on each of our campuses,” CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio said in a press release. “Our unique divisional format was developed with the goal of enhancing safety and reducing the risks associated with travel during this difficult period of time, while still providing a fair and competitive model to determine a champion. Today’s announcement hopefully provides an additional level of excitement for the student‐athletes and coaches who have worked hard and made numerous sacrifices over the past eight months. As always, health and safety remain at the forefront of all return‐to‐play decisions that we as a Conference continue to make.”   

Conference play will begin Saturday, March 6 and conclude Saturday, April 17. Each team would have a bye week in the schedule, which could provide flexibility to make up games postponed by the COVID‐19 pandemic if necessary.

CAA football spring conference schedule 

Saturday, March 6

Maine at Delaware

Albany at New Hampshire

Villanova at Stony Brook

James Madison at Elon

William & Mary at Richmond

Saturday, March 13

Stony Brook at Delaware

William & Mary at James Madison

Elon at Richmond

Rhode Island at Villanova

Albany at Maine

Saturday, March 20

Delaware at New Hampshire

Rhode Island at Albany

Maine at Stony Brook

Richmond at James Madison

Elon at William & Mary

Saturday, March 27

Delaware at Rhode Island

Richmond at Elon

James Madison at William & Mary

Stony Brook at Albany 

New Hampshire at Villanova

Saturday, April 3

Albany at Delaware

Villanova at Maine

New Hampshire at Rhode Island

William & Mary at Elon

James Madison at Richmond

Saturday, April 10

Delaware (bye week)

Richmond at William & Mary

Elon at James Madison

Maine at Rhode Island

Stony Brook at New Hampshire

Villanova at Albany

Saturday, April 17

Delaware at Villanova

New Hampshire at Maine

Rhode Island at Stony Brook

Teams can add non-conference games

Each institution has the option of adding up to two additional non‐conference games to their schedule. Institutions are able to schedule “non‐conference” games against other conference members, but those games would not count towards the conference standings and the outcome would not be used in the tiebreaking procedures.

Based on NCAA guidelines, teams are allowed to begin non‐conference competition as early as Jan. 23.

The NCAA Football Championship will feature 16 teams with 11 automatic qualifiers and five at‐large berths. The playoffs are set to begin Saturday, April 24 with a champion being crowned in Frisco, Texas May 14, 15 or 16.