JMU announces 12 upcoming games against eight opponents

Harrisonburg, Va. – As James Madison football prepares for its first season in the Sun Belt Conference, the program has announced 12 future games under contract against eight institutions. As part of the announced games, JMU has now completed its 2023 and 2024 non-conference schedules.

Between 2023 and 2034, the Dukes will play home-and-home series against Miami (OH), UConn, Charlotte and Liberty while hosting Bucknell, Gardner-Webb and Ball State in single-game deals. JMU also signed a road-game agreement with Maryland from the Big Ten for the 2027 season.

“It has been a heavy lift to cancel our previous games and fill our schedule with as many future games as possible,” athletics director Jeff Bourne said “My thanks to Associate AD Kevin White for his continued work in this field. It is great to fill our non-conference slates for 2023 and 2024 with series against quality peer competition. Adding Maryland is an attractive Power 5 opponent of regional interest, especially with so many student-athletes and alumni in the DMV area.”

In 2023, JMU will host Bucknell (Sept. 2) and UConn (Nov. 11) while traveling to Oxford, Ohio to face Miami (Sept. 23). This is in addition to the previously-announced matchup at Virginia (Sept. 9).

The 2024 non-conference slate includes a season-opening trip to Charlotte (Aug. 31) and home games against Gardner-Webb (Sept. 7) and Ball State (Sept. 28). The Dukes will also play North Carolina (Sept. 21) in Chapel Hill, NC, a game that was previously announced.

The 2026 non-conference schedule includes return games with Miami (Ohio) and UConn. The Dukes will host the Redhawks (Sept. 26) before traveling to Storrs, Conn., to battle the Huskies (Nov. 14).

2027 season in College Park, Md. opens at, when JMU faces Maryland (Sept. 4). The Dukes will also host Charlotte in the second home-and-home game in 2029 (Sept. 22).

The final series includes an in-state bout against Liberty, with the Dukes traveling to Lynchburg in 2033 (Sept. 17) and hosting the Flames in 2034 (Sept. 16). With JMU moving to the Football Bowl Subdivision and joining the Liberty Conference USA, both programs mutually agreed to end the originally scheduled 2026 game in Lynchburg.

Other matchups already announced include:

  • 2025 – vs. Norfolk State (Aug. 30), at Virginia Tech (Sept. 20)
  • 2028 – North Carolina (September 23)

JMU opens the 2022 season presented by CarMax when it hosts Middle Tennessee on Saturday, Sept. 3 at Bridgeforth Stadium. The game is scheduled for a 6pm kickoff on ESPN+.

Both season and single-game tickets for the 2022 season are still available at JMUTickets.com or by calling 540-568-3853. Tickets for the 2023 campaign will go on sale at a later date. The Sun Belt Conference schedule is announced in early March each year.

James Madison Football Future Non-Conference Games
2023 season

September 2 – Bucknell – Bridgeforth Stadium
September 9 – Virginia – in Charlottesville, Va.
September 23 – Miami (Ohio) – at Oxford, Ohio
November 11 – UConn – Bridgeforth Stadium

2024 season

August 31st – Charlotte – in Charlotte, NC
September 7 – Gardner-Webb – Bridgeforth Stadium
September 21 – at North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC
September 28 – Ball State – Bridgeforth Stadium

2025 season

August 30 – Norfolk State – Bridgeforth Stadium
Sept. 20 – Virginia Tech – Blacksburg, Va.

2026 season

September 26 – Miami (Ohio) – Bridgeforth Stadium
Nov. 14 – UConn – at Storrs, Conn.

2027 season

September 4 – in Maryland – College Park, Md.

2028 season

September 23 – at North Carolina – Chapel Hill, NC

2029 season

September 22 – Charlotte – Bridgeforth Stadium

2033 season

September 17 – Liberty – at Lynchburg, Va.

2034 season

September 16 – Liberty – Bridgeforth Stadium

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