As the UAlbany football gathered with anticipation on Sunday afternoon for the FCS Playoff selection show, the Great Danes’ inclusion seemed like a guarantee after the win over Stony Brook in the regular season finale.

Still, there were coaches and players on the edge of their seats, wondering if UAlbany had done enough with a second place finish in the CAA to earn a home game. As the selection show played out on the Jumbotron at SEFCU Arena, the Great Danes’ name was revealed on the bottom line of one matchup - a home game against Central Connecticut State. Oh, the irony.

CCSU is led by head coach Ryan McCarthy, former UAlbany offensive coordinator and one-time candidate for the head coaching position now occupied by Greg Gattuso. McCarthy was the offensive coordinator the last and only other time the Danes were in the FCS playoffs; a painful, late 4th quarter loss at Stony Brook in 2011.

Kickoff next Saturday at Casey Stadium is 1pm.