(STATS) - Lehigh will get an early start on the 2018 season.
The Mountain Hawks' visit to Navy has been moved up from Sept. 15 to Aug. 25 - becoming a Week Zero matchup - at Navy-Marine Corps. Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland.
Week Zero games are played the weekend prior to the full opening weekend of Division I football starting the Thursday prior to Labor Day weekend. They have been increasing in recent years.
Navy is playing a 13-game schedule in 2018 because of exemption for a game at Hawaii. That matchup is scheduled for Sept. 1.
Lehigh won the Patriot League title last season under coach Andy Coen.