|2018 James Madison Dukes football|
|Conference||Colonial Athletic Association|
|FCS Coaches||No. 10|
|2018 record||9–4 (6–2 CAA)|
|Offensive coordinator||Donnie Kirkpatrick (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Bob Trott (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Bridgeforth Stadium|
|2018 CAA football standings|
|No. 4 Maine $^||7||–||1||10||–||4|
|No. 9 James Madison ^||6||–||2||9||–||4|
|No. 16 Stony Brook ^||5||–||3||7||–||5|
|No. 20 Towson ^||5||–||3||7||–||5|
|No. 24 Delaware ^||5||–||3||7||–||5|
|No. 19 Elon ^||4||–||3||6||–||5|
|William & Mary||3||–||4||4||–||6|
Rankings from STATS Poll
The 2018 James Madison Dukes football team represented James Madison University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by third-year head coach Mike Houston and played their home games at Bridgeforth Stadium. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 9–4, 6–2 in CAA play to finish in second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs where they defeated Delaware in the first round before losing to Colgate in the second round.
The Dukes finished the 2017 season 14–1, 8–0 in CAA play to become CAA champions. They finished the regular season undefeated for the second time in school history (the other being 1975, before the Dukes joined the NCAA). In the FCS Playoffs they defeated Stony Brook, Weber State, and South Dakota State to advance to the FCS National Championship Game for the second consecutive year. They were unable to defend their 2016 National Championship, falling in the 2017 title game to North Dakota State.
In the CAA preseason poll released on July 24, 2018, the Dukes were predicted to win the CAA championship.
|Predicted finish||Team||Votes (1st place)|
|1||James Madison||241 (21)|
|2||New Hampshire||206 (2)|
|11||William & Mary||55|
Preseason All-CAA Team
The Dukes had six players selected to the preseason all-CAA team, including cornerback Rashad Robinson being selected as preseason defensive player of the year.
Marcus Marshall – RB
Jahee Jackson – OL
Darrious Carter – DL
Jimmy Moreland – DB
Rashad Robinson – DB
Harry O'Kelly – P
Award watch lists
|Buck Buchanan Award||Rashad Robinson||CB||SR|
|September 1||12:00 p.m.||at NC State*||No. 2||ESPNU||L 13–24||56,073|
|September 8||6:00 p.m.||at Norfolk State*||No. 2||ESPN3||W 17–0[a]||6,482|
|September 13||7:30 p.m.[b]||Robert Morris*||No. 2||NBCS WA+||W 73–7||18,112|
|September 22||3:30 p.m.||William & Mary||No. 2||NBCS WA+||W 51–0||25,130|
|September 29||3:00 p.m.||at Richmond||No. 2||NBCS WA+||W 63–10||8,217|
|October 6||1:30 p.m.||No. 10 Elon||No. 2||MASN/SNY||L 24–27||25,484|
|October 13||1:00 p.m.||at Villanova||No. 6||FCS/FSGO||W 37–0||5,219|
|October 27||3:30 p.m.||No. 15 Stony Brook||No. 3||MASN/SNY||W 13–10||25,244|
|November 3||1:00 p.m.||at New Hampshire||No. 3||FCS||L 24–35||7,741|
|November 10||2:00 p.m.||Rhode Island||No. 9||MASN/SNY||W 48–31||24,199|
|November 17||2:00 p.m||at No. 15 Towson||No. 7||CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLive||W 38–17||7,208|
|November 24||3:00 p.m.||No. 21 Delaware*||No. 6||ESPN3||W 20–6||7,297|
|December 1||1:00 p.m.||at No. 9 Colgate*||No. 6||ESPN3||L 20–23||6,418|
- The JMU–Norfolk State game was mutually ended after first quarter due to inclement weather.
- Moved from Saturday at 6:00 p.m. in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.
at NC State
|No. 2 Dukes||7||0||3||3||13|
at Norfolk State
|No. 2 Dukes||17||17|
Due to inclement weather, the JMU–Norfolk State game was mutually ended after the first quarter.
|No. 2 Dukes||21||31||14||7||73|
William & Mary
|No. 2 Dukes||7||10||21||13||51|
|No. 2 Dukes||7||28||21||7||63|
|No. 10 Phoenix||0||7||3||17||27|
|No. 2 Dukes||3||6||3||12||24|
|No. 6 Dukes||10||6||14||7||37|
|No. 15 Seawolves||0||10||0||0||10|
|No. 3 Dukes||7||0||0||6||13|
at New Hampshire
|No. 3 Dukes||3||0||7||14||24|
|No. 9 Dukes||14||13||7||14||48|
|No. 7 Dukes||7||17||7||7||38|
|No. 15 Tigers||7||3||0||7||17|
|No. 21 Fightin' Blue Hens||0||3||3||0||6|
|No. 6 Dukes||3||9||8||0||20|
at Colgate–Second Round
|No. 6 Dukes||7||3||3||7||20|
|No. 9 Raiders||3||3||14||3||23|
|STATS FCS||2 (6)||2 (1)||2 (2)||2 (2)||2 (3)||2 (3)||6–T||4||3||3||9||7||6||9|
|Coaches||2 (3)||2||2 (1)||2||2||2||8||5||3||3||10||8||6||10|
Players drafted into the NFL
|7||227||Jimmy Moreland||CB||Washington Redskins|
- Pace, Blake (December 5, 2018). "Nine former staff members from JMU join Mike Houston at ECU". www.breezejmu.org. The Breeze. Retrieved December 9, 2018.
- Washburn, Rob (July 24, 2018). "James Madison Favored To Win Fourth Straight CAA Football Title in 2018". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
- "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- "2018 James Madison Dukes Football Schedule". James Madison University Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 6, 2018.