The A10 Football League actually has 12 members. In order to leave some room for OOC (out-of-conference games) A10 members usually schedule nine conference opponents and three OOC games.
The general rule is that a team plays all the other teams in their division plus three teams from the other division.
In order to play all the teams in the A10 the three out-of-division game rotate every four years. 2006 is a rotation year for UMass.
In 2006 UMass will play Villanova, Towson and William & Mary instead of Delaware, JMU and Richmond.
That should be a help for UMass next year.
- In 2005 Towson, W&M and Villanova were 8-16 in the A10 (33%) and 15-18 overall (45%)
- In 2005 Delaware, JMU and Richmond were 15-9 (62%) in the A10 and 22-12 (64% * includes Richmond's playoff victory over Hampton)
- Navy 09/09/06 (opening game for UMass)
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
- and one of the Towson, William & Mary or Villanova trio