In the long history of Wofford College football, just one player has gone on to play successfully in the NFL. That one player, who came to Wofford on a $250 football scholarship in the 1950s, wore the Baltimore Colts uniform two years before deciding to return to Spartanburg and create a business.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The man is Jerry Richardson – Wofford football player and alumnus, successful businessman, and founder and owner of the Carolina Panthers
Five games between top 25 teams this week and one top 25 team is idle. Notable is #1 vs. #6 and #2 vs. #3. Rankings based on the Gridiron Power Index (GPI).
1. Ga Southern (1.00) lost 24-17 @ #6 Appalachian St (6.57)
2. N Dakota St (2.43) won 27-19 vs. #3 Northern Iowa (3.00)
3. Northern Iowa (3.00) lost 27-19 @ #2 N Dakota St (2.43)
4. Sam Houston St (5.29) won 66-0 vs. #96 Lamar (75.29)
5. Wofford (5.86) won 48-28 vs. #46 Elon (41.00)
6. Appalachian St
Updated 10-29-2011 at 06:19 PM by rwallace
FARGO, ND--I am in the Fargodome for today's game between two of the top three ranked teams in the polls. NDSU is ranked #2 in the latest Gridiron Index Poll (GPI) and Northern Iowa is ranked #3. Georgia Southern is ranked #1 currently but also has a big game this week against Appalachian State, the #6 ranked team in the GPI.
This game should be a defensive struggle if we go by the statistics so far. NDSU is the top ranked scoring defense and UNI is #2.
The two offenses
Week 8 Top 25:
1: North Dakota State Bison
2: Montana State Bobcats
3: Northern Iowa Panthers
4: Georgia Southern Eagles
5: Towson Tigers
6: Maine Black Bears
7: Montana Grizzlies
8: James Madison Dukes
9: New Hampshire Wildcats
10: Lehigh Mountain Hawks
11: Wofford Terriers
12: Sam Houston State Bearkats
13: Appalachian State Mountaineers
14: Jacksonville State Gamecocks
15: Old Dominion Monarchs
A quick look at the GPI and the two major polls, the FCS Coaches Poll and The Sports Network Poll displays some notable differences.
In fact, the two polls contain the exact same teams save one different one in each.
20% of the same teams in both polls are not in the GPI top 25 (Alabama State, Delaware, Indiana State, Jackson State, Tennessee Tech and William & Mary) and the FCS Coaches Poll has an additional one (North Dakota) which is not in the GPI top 25. Illinois