The Dukes went 7-1 overall, 3-0 in Colonial Athletic Association play under head coach Curt Cignetti. That led to a playoff berth, with James Madison defeating VMI, 31-24, and North Dakota, 34-21, in the first two rounds of the playoffs. In the national semifinals, the Dukes fell to eventual national champion Sam Houston State, 38-35.
Raymond Gillespie, the All-American offensive lineman who started all eight games for James Madison in the spring, was selected to the FCS Preseason Starting Lineup. The Yearbook was published in mid-July, shortly before Gillespie left the team to pursue a career in business.
Also on the Starting Lineup is placekicker Ethan Ratke. He was a First-Team All-American last season and already holds JMU record for most field goals and scoring, both in a career and in a single season.
The Dukes open the season on Sept. 4 at home against Morehead State. The Dukes then host Maine to open CAA play on Sept. 11, followed by a trip out west to take on Weber State on Sept. 18.
The FCS section of the College Football America 2021 Yearbook features 28 pages of content including:
- National FCS preview;
- FCS preseason Starting Lineup;
- Preview of each FCS conference;
- Capsules for every FCS team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
- Twenty color action, coach and stadium photos.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.