ORONO – Ahead of its big matchup with James Madison this Saturday, the Maine Black Bears received a shot of confidence.
The Black Bears were ranked 22nd in the Athlon Sports FCS rankings for the first time this season, on the heels of their 60-12 win against Bryant. Maine’s opponent in Week 4, JMU, sits atop the poll as defending national champions. Maine lost to New Hampshire in Week 1, and the Wildcats come in at No. 16.
Maine held a lead late at home against JMU last season, but a fourth quarter collapse allowed for the eventual national champions to come from behind and steal a victory.
Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. Saturday.