Denied NCAA Appeal Leads No. 18 James Madison to Face Surging Appalacian State in Home Finale

James Madison football team, The Dukes, is celebrating a 13-game winning streak and the upcoming senior day ceremonies. They recently received disappointing news regarding their request for a waiver from the NCAA. This means the team will not receive an automatic bowl invitation this year. This Saturday, Appalachian State is looking to end the Dukes’ perfect season. Despite the disappointment, the team is eager to keep chipping away because they have a lot to play for.

Mountaineers coach Shawn Clark expressed his confidence in the team, saying, “our players are playing and executing at a high level right now.” The team previously led James Madison 28-3 before the Dukes rallied to win, which presents an added incentive for Appalachian State this weekend. Meanwhile, Dukes QB Jordan McCloud has been leading the team with his exceptional performance and smart gameplay. Furthermore, Appalachian State has a strong contender in their running back, Nate Noel, who recently came back from an injury.

Overall, both teams have a lot to play for in the upcoming game, and the stakes are high as they head into the final stretch of the season.