When Monmouth University steps onto the field at Kessler Stadium Saturday it will be 476 days since their last game.  On December 7, 2019 the Hawks concluded their best season ever with a second round loss to powerful James Madison in the FCS Playoffs.  Monmouth went 11-3 that season and won their first-ever Big South championship while finishing 12th in the national rankings.

After having the fall season cancelled the Big South put together a four-game schedule for the five conference schools who wanted to be part of a spring season and Monmouth was supposed to open on March 13th at Robert Morris.  However that game was postponed because of COVID-19 issues within the Colonials program and a short time later the Hawks learned their March 20th game at Gardner-Webb was also off as scheduled.

So instead of playing their first two games on the road the Hawks will be home and on Saturday will host Charleston Southern (1pm) at Kessler Stadium.  The Buccaneers were able to play their opener two weeks ago and fell to perennial Big South power Kennesaw State 24-19.  Monmouth was the pre-season favorite in the conference with Kennesaw a close second.

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