FCS Playoffs 2011: Maine, New Hampshire Receive First Round Byes

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Both Maine and New Hampshire found out their seasons will continue Sunday morning when it was revealed they were both among the 20 teams selected for the 2011 NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.

Maine will open on Saturday, December 3rd at Appalachian State, while New Hampshire will play the same day at Montana State:

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Both games will be televised online at ESPN3.com. Both teams had solid seasons in the Colonial Athletic Association, which saw four teams selected as playoff participants. Each finished with an 8-3 record overall and 6-2 mark within league play.

New Hampshire won their head-to-head matchup on Saturday by a 30-27 score to give them an edge heading into the playoffs. Maine also lost to FBS opponent Pittsburgh by just four points and CAA champion Towson.

New Hampshire also lost to Towson as well as William & Mary and FBS opponent Toledo. The Wildcats were the only team in the country to defeat playoff participant Lehigh as well.

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