(NEWS CENTER) - The University of Maine football team will host its first ever playoff game in the program's 121 year history, December 7th at 2PM.
Maine had to wait for Sunday's selection show to know where and when they would be playing after taking the Colonial Athletic Association title this season.
The #5 ranked Black Bears will get a first round bye and will face the winner of the Lafayette and University of New Hampshire game played next weekend.
Maine will be returning to the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 2011. In 2011, the Black Bears defeated Appalachian State 34-12 on the road in the NCAA second round before falling at Georgia Southern 35-23 in the NCAA quarterfinals. Maine is 3-6 all-time in the NCAA FCS playoffs and have appeared in the postseason six times (1987, '89, 2001, '02, '08, '11).
Black Bear fans can salivate over the potential of a home playoff game facing Brice Cowell Musket rival University of New Hampshire. Maine is 43-50-8 overall against the Wildcats and 8-2 in history against Lafayette.
The Black Bears had their best regular season in school history, winning 10 games including a 7-1 mark in league play, as Maine was able to lock up the CAA title following a 41-0 rout of Rhode Island. Maine is currently undefeated at home (5-0) for the first time since 2001 and will be hosting its first ever December game at Alfond Stadium.
The university says tickets will be available via the Black Bear ticket office starting Monday morning.
Information from the University of Maine was used in this report.