1. The Dukes have a two-headed run attack
James Madison will feature two senior running backs -- Percy Agyei-Obese and Jawon Hamilton.
Agyei-Obese has run for 491 yards and Hamilton has run for 449.
Agyei-Obese is a four-year regular for the Dukes, earning first team all-Colonial Athletic Association honors this spring. He ran for a career-high 132 yards in a win over Elon.
Hamilton, who was a starter at Central Florida early in his college career, ran for 171 yards on 19 carries in the Dukes' playoff opener against VMI, a game in which he had a 99-yard touchdown run.
2. Greene leads the way on D
Mike Greene, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive lineman, switched from the interior to the exterior for James Madison and is thriving.
He finished ninth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award, which goes to the FCS' top defensive player.
He has 8.0 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks.
The Dukes graduated two All-American defensive end, then lost two defensive ends to knee injuries in fall practice, which triggered the move.
Greene was the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Co-Player of the Year.
3. The Dukes can kick
James Madison kicker Ethan Ratke is one of the FCS' all-time scorers.
Ratke is the Colonia Athletic Association career leader in field goals and scoring.
He broke the conference record for field goals in the regular-season finale against Richmond. Last week, he continued his rise on the FCS all-time charts, ranking in the Top 10 in both field goals and scoring by a kicker.
Ratke is seventh in FCS history with 68 career field goals, which is seven shy of Montana's Dan Carpenter (2004-07).
Ratke is tied for eighth among kickers in career scoring with 373 points.
4. UND, JMU both had COVID-19 issues
The UND football team went 35 days between games this spring thanks to COVID-19 issues within the Fighting Hawks and elsewhere.
James Madison can relate. In mid-March, James Madison athletic director Jeff Bourne said 28 JMU football players were quarantined. Of those 28, 12 had tested positive for COVID-19.
That forced the Dukes to postpone consecutive games against William & Mary and Richmond.
UND saw regular season opponents Illinois State and Youngstown State cancel games as they cited health concerns, while the Fighting Hawks had to cancel the original Youngstown State meeting, as well as a home date against Missouri State because of positive tests within the team.
JMU plays in the Colonial Athletic Association, where 11 league members tried to play this spring but only four ended the year after two opted out and five others were done early because of virus problems or opt outs.
5. UND has history with the Cignetti family
UND and James Madison have never played each other but Bubba Schweigert has faced the Cignetti family before.
James Madison coach Curt Cignetti's father, Frank Cignetti Sr., is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and won 199 games as a head coach at Indiana University in Pennsylvania.
UND matched up with IUP to start the 1992 season and then again in the NCAA Division II national semifinals. Schweigert was a UND assistant from 1989 to 2003 (defensive coordinator from 1997-03).
IUP won 31-13 in 1992 and 21-6 in 1993.
In 1992, UND running back Shannon Burnell's 27 carries for 133 yards weren't enough. In 1993, Burnell was limited to 48 rushing yards on a muddy field in Pennsylvania.