The UAlbany football team learned its conference schedule for the upcoming spring season Tuesday as the Colonial Athletic Association announced the six-game conference schedules for each of its member schools.
The Great Danes will open their schedule March 6 at New Hampshire, then play another road game the next week at Maine before the home opener March 20 against Rhode Island.
UAlbany is a member of the seven-team North Division, which also includes Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Delaware, Stony Brook and Villanova. The South Division consists of Elon, James Madison, Richmond and William & Mary, after Towson announced last week that it is opting out of the spring 2021 season.
UAlbany in July opted to postpone all of its fall sports to the spring semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the CAA also announced it was postponing football to the spring. Last month, the NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved a 16-team Football Championship Subdivision playoff format for the spring.
The CAA announced last month that it would split the league into two divisions for the 2021 season, and that conference schedules would be limited to division play. The team with the best overall conference record will earn the CAA’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.
Teams in the North Division will play each other once, with each team playing three home and three away games. The four South Division teams will play each other in a home-and-home format.
After starting with back-to-back road games, followed by the home opener against Rhode Island, UAlbany will play a second straight home game March 27 against Stony Brook. The Great Danes then travel to Delaware on April 3, then play their final home game April 10 against Villanova. UAlbany’s bye week falls on April 17, the final day of the regular season.
UAlbany went 9-5 in 2019, including the program’s first-ever win in an FCS playoff game.