The University of Maine football team will open up the season on Thursday, August 31st against the New Hampshire Wildcats in a "Thursday Night Throwdown".

"We are very excited to be playing in this type of game so early on in the season.  The environment should be great and it's a great kick off to the college football season," said second year Head Coach Joe Harasymiak in a release by the program.

In addition to the Wildcats, the Black Bears will face JMU, Villanova, Rhode Island, Albany, W&M, Delaware, and Stony Brook.  Maine will also face Central Florida, UMass, and Bryant in out-of-conference match-ups.

Check out the highlights from last match-up last season