College football is coming back to Durham, but it won't come along with the usual autumn foliage.

New Hampshire will play a six-game conference schedule along with the rest of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) beginning March 6 and ending April 17, the conference announced Tuesday.

The Wildcats are expected to open the season at home against the University of Albany on March 6.

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In a unique twist, the CAA will divide into two divisions -- North and South -- to house the 11 participating schools. New Hampshire will play in the North Division along with six others, each of whom will face one another at least once, according to a release.

Each team will receive a bye week in the schedule to accommodate for any coronavirus-related issues. New Hampshire's bye week appears to be Week 2.

The school with the best conference record would receive the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Football Championship, which will feature 16 teams and is scheduled to be held in Frisco, Texas in May.

New Hampshire and the other participating CAA schools retain an option to add up to two non-conference games to their schedules, although it remains to be seen whether the Wildcats plan to do so.


 

UNH Football Spring Schedule

Albany at New Hampshire, March 6

Delaware at New Hampshire, March 20

New Hampshire at Villanova, March 27

New Hampshire at Rhode Island, April 3

Stony Brook at New Hampshire, April 10

New Hampshire at Maine, April 17