The #RoadToFrisco, which began August 27, 2016, will end January 7, 2017 at Toyota Stadium when the James Madison University Dukes and the Youngstown State University Penguins face off in the NCAA Division I Football Championship.
Who is playing?
James Madison University
Location: Harrisonburg, VA (1,202 miles from Frisco)
How They Got Here: James Madison got a 27-17 semifinal win over the five-time defending National Champions, the North Dakota State Bison, at the Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs before a stunned crowd of more than 18,000 at the Fargodome. See the final minute of the game below:
Youngstown State University
Location: Youngstown, OH (1,213 miles from Frisco)
How They Got Here: Youngstown State beat Eastern Washington in a national semifinal in the FCS playoffs, 40-38, winning the game with one of the most exciting plays in recent college football history. With just seconds left in the game, Youngstown State tight end, Kevin Rader, somehow managed to squeeze a game-deciding touchdown pass by trapping the ball on the back of an EWU linebacker in the endzone. Check the game winning play below:
JMU won the championship previously in 2004. YSU won in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997. This is the first time for either team to compete in the championship game in Frisco, so it's sure to be an exciting one!
If you are planning a trip to Frisco for the game? Be sure to check out VisitFrisco.com for all of your planning needs. Frisco hotels are filling up quickly, so be sure to make your reservation ASAP. Find a Frisco hotel here, or head to Dallas Fort Worth & Beyond's site for a list of area hotels. There are still tickets available through the NCAA Ticket Exchange, so be sure to snag a few before those are gone.
If you didn't score tickets, have no fear. The real fun is being part of the excitement that’s in the air in Frisco on championship weekend! A few Frisco hotspots where you will undoubtedly feel the energy include Mattito’s, Jake’s Uptown, Ace's Ice House & Chop Shop, The British Lion and The Green Gator, as well as Stan's Main Street, Frisco Rail Yard and 3 Stacks Smokehouse. Click here for more dining options.
Of course there will be plenty of tailgating at and around Toyota Stadium, along with Tailgate Town, located just inside the north entrance of the stadium.
Safe travels to both teams and all fans! We look forward to welcoming you to Frisco!