Good Precedent for 2014!
William and Mary has announced its 2014 football schedule. As is customary in recent years, the Tribe will open with an FBS opponent, this year Virginia Tech. (Tech leads this series 40-18-4.) Other home game highlights will include CAA rivals Villanova (for homecoming) and Delaware. As always, the Tribe will end the regular season against Richmond, playing for what is now known as the "Capital Cup." As previously explained on this blog, the W&M v. Richmond rivalry is the oldest in the South and the fourth most prolific college football rivalry judged by games played.
The Tribe will also travel to Durham, New Hampshire and Harrisonburg, Virginia to play CAA opponents New Hampshire and James Madison, respectively. This season the Tribe defeated JMU 17-7 (see the above photo) and New Hampshire 17-0. Hopefully the 2014 Tribe will repeat such performances against both teams!
Fans with a sharp eye will notice two new opponents on the schedule: The Stony Brook Seawolves and Elon Phoenix. Both schools have just joined the CAA, and each will be playing full league schedules this coming year. (See here for Elon's announcement and here for Stony Brook's.) No doubt the Tribe will give each team a vigorous CAA "welcome!"
Here is the schedule. Home games are in bold, and all times are "to be announced." I have also included the all-time series record for each rivalry. For a complete list of the Tribe's all time records against various opponents, currently up-to-date through the 2012 season, go here.
August 30 Virginia Tech Tech leads 40-18-4
September 6 Hampton WM leads 3-1
September 13 Norfolk State WM leads 4-0
September 20 Lafayette Series is tied 1-1
September 27 Stony Brook 0-0
October 11 New Hampshire WM leads 13-3
October 18 Villanova (HC) WM leads 16-14-1
October 25 Delaware Del. leads 22-16
November 1 James Madison JMU leads 20-15
November 8 Elon 0-0
November 15 Towson WM leads 7-3
November 22 Richmond WM leads 61-57-5