The James Madison Dukes entered Saturday’s game against Appalachian State with a 10-0 record. But, the No. 18 team in the AP Top 25 poll suffered their first lost of the year.
The Dukes are currently in the mandatory two-year transition period after making the jump from the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level to the highest level of college football, the FBS.
The school has sought waiver approval, which would grant full bowl eligibility. But those requests have been denied.
James Madison was hoping to improve its record to 11-0 on Saturday. The team jumped ahead in overtime courtesy of a 25-yard field goal. A video review confirmed that Appalachian State’s Kaedin Robinson did get the football across the goal line to secure the Duke 26-23 win.
James Madison has not been included in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s weekly rankings since the team is not bowl eligible. The team is also not allowed to play in the conference championship.