(STATS) - Cinderella is allowed out more often than in the month of March. During college football season, FCS programs are adept at drawing national attention as they seek upsets of the larger FBS.
Many of the games are played during the first few weekends of the season. This year, there are 113 FCS vs. FBS matchups, and the FCS hopes to raise their nine combined wins from last season.
CAA Football teams will be involved in 13 of the matchups:
The Matchups - Albany: Buffalo (Sept. 2); Delaware: Wake Forest (Sept. 17); Elon: Charlotte (Sept. 10); James Madison: North Carolina (Sept. 17); Maine: Connecticut (Sept. 1) and Toledo (Sept. 10); New Hampshire: San Diego State (Sept. 3); Rhode Island: Kansas (Sept. 3); Richmond: Virginia (Sept. 3); Stony Brook: Temple (Sept. 10); Towson: South Florida (Sept. 3); Villanova: Pittsburgh (Sept. 3); William & Mary: North Carolina State (Sept. 1).
Glamour Game - Richmond at Virginia. The visiting Spiders, who return a wealth of talent from last year's FCS semifinalists, will try to spoil the Virginia coaching debut of Bronco Mendenhall. They last beat an FBS program in 2011 - 23-21 over Duke.
Upset Alert - Take your pick, Delaware at Wake Forest, Richmond at Virginia, William & Mary at North Carolina State … the CAA is going to be quite competitive this year.
Notable - Albany's trip to Buffalo is a rematch of last year's opener, when Buffalo rolled 51-14 … Elon beat Charlotte 20-13 two years ago when the 49ers from Conference USA were still playing in the FCS … New Maine coach Joe Harasymiak is debuting against Connecticut … New Hampshire went all the way to San Jose State to open last season. This year, the Wildcats return to California for a first-ever meeting against San Diego State at Qualcomm Stadium … Having played two years ago, Richmond and Virginia will meet for the 33rd time this season, with another game scheduled in 2018 … The visit to Pittsburgh kicks off coach Andy Talley's 32nd and final season of guiding Villanova. His next win will be his 250th as a head coach.