JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Six home games, a challenging non-conference schedule, and the second on-campus night game in school history highlight Jacksonville's 2016 football schedule.
"This is really a tremendous schedule. We kickoff the season with a trip to Liberty, which is a nice opportunity for our team to experience one of the better game day atmospheres in all FCS football," said Head Coach Ian Shields. "With six home games, a formidable non-conference schedule, the challenge of playing in the Pioneer Football League, and the opportunity to now compete for a conference championship, this is an exciting time for Dolphin Nation."
The second edition of the Jacksonville Classic will be JU's second home night game ever at D.B. Milne Field. Kickoff against Edward Waters will be at 7:00 p.m. on Sept. 17. In last season's primetime tilt, The Dolphins won a Homecoming matchup with Stetson in front of 6,324 fans. Jacksonville also prevailed against Edward Waters in a 49-28 home victory.
Jacksonville begins Pioneer Football League play with another kickoff under the lights. The Dolphins make the short trip to DeLand to face Stetson on Sept. 24 at 7:00 p.m. JU has never lost to Stetson and won last year by a 41-14 score.
The Dolphins begin a string of three consecutive home games with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff against Duquesne on Oct. 1. The Dukes went 8-4 a season ago and lost in the first round of the FCS playoffs in a barn burner against William and Mary, 52-49. Duquesne plays in the Northeast Conference and this fall's meeting will be the first all-time between the Dukes and Dolphins.
Jacksonville dips back into PFL play with another 1:00 p.m. home kickoff against Campbell on Oct. 8. The Dolphins prevailed last season on the road, 20-14. Jacksonville is undefeated, 8-0, all-time versus the Camels.
The Dolphins will look to avenge last year's road loss to PFL champion Dayton when the Flyers visit D.B. Milne Field for a 12:00 p.m. kickoff on Oct. 15. Jacksonville last hosted Dayton on Oct. 8, 2011, when the Dolphins won, 34-26.
In a rematch of last season's 30-26 thriller, Jacksonville travels to Morehead, Ky., to play Morehead State on Oct. 22 at 1:00 p.m. The Eagles return PFL Offensive Player of the Year Austin Gahafer and are amongst the favorites for the 2016 PFL crown.
The Dolphins take the road again the following week with a 1:00 p.m. start against Davidson on Oct. 29. Jacksonville has won seven consecutive games against the Wildcats and took las year's decision, 42-12.
The Dolphins begin the month of November at home against the Drake Bulldogs with a 1:00 p.m. kickoff on Nov. 5. Last year, Drake ended Jacksonville's undefeated start in a 24-14 setback in Des Moines, Ia.
Jacksonville's road finale is a Nov. 12 contest with Valparaiso. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. The Dolphins cruised past the Crusaders last season in a 58-13 triumph.
The regular season comes to a close with a Nov. 19 matchup with Marist at D.B. Milne Field. Jacksonville won an exciting game last year on the road, 20-16, and the 2016 home finale is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. kickoff.
Season ticket plans will be announced this summer. For all information on Jacksonville football, visit www.JUDolphins.com.