By Myron Hosea
CSN So South Columnist
College Sporting News
For example, The Citadel defeats Georgia Southern. (And the Bulldogs are 2-0.)
Furman is 0-2 on the season and now has lost three of the four football games it has played against Coastal Carolina.
Week Three should keep the train running with a number of important games on the schedule, including a pair of SoCon games and some pretty good intersectional matchups.
Chattanooga started the weekend with a 35-0 win at home Thursday night against Glenville State. The Mocs (1-2) used a balanced offense to put away the visitors. Chattanooga threw for 247 yards and ran for 230. Chattanooga’s defense, meanwhile, just 78 yards of total offense.
Saturday’s SoCon game at the Rock between The Citadel (2-0, 1-0) and Appalachian State (1-1, 0-0) grew in stature when the Bulldogs kicked a field goal late then survived a Georgia Southern (1-1, 0-1) field goal attempt to win. There will be no looking past The Citadel for the Mountaineers. It’s a tall task, but The Citadel has a special opportunity before them if they can find a way to knock off a conference title contender for the second straight week.
Georgia Southern, by the way, has this Saturday off.
Western Carolina (1-1) and Wofford (2-0) get their conference schedules underway with a Saturday night game in Spartanburg. The Terriers thoroughly thrashed DII program Lincoln University 82-0 (yes, it was 82-0 – I was there) last Saturday. You already knew about Wofford’s ace running backs Eric Breitenstein and Donovan Johnson, but the Terriers have a pack of talented freshmen and redshirt freshmen backs for their deepest backfield in some time. This game will give the new Catamount staff a good barometer of their team after beating a DII team and losing to a FBS squad.
Several teams in the So South region are playing non-conference games against other FCS schools.
Coastal Carolina (2-0) has a shot at starting the season with three wins when it hosts Eastern Kentucky (1-1) of the OVC. The Colonels are a good team, though, and will make the Chanticleers goal of perfection for three weeks challenging. This is the first time these programs have met.
Liberty (0-2) continues its tough opening schedule with a trip to Montana (1-1). The Grizzlies, of course, weren’t far from Lynchburg last week when they lost at Appalachian State. The Flames’ two losses have been by a total margin of 10 points. Liberty has not been 0-3 since 2003, but they’ll have to pull the upset to avoid that mark this year.
VMI (1-1) will host Richmond (1-1) a week after the Spiders whipped another Big South team (Gardner-Webb). Saturday’s contest will be the 88th game in a series Richmond leads 42-40-5. The Keydets have not defeated the Spiders since a 1996 game in Lexington.
Gardner-Webb (0-2) has already invited one SoCon team to Boiling Springs (Wofford, week one) this season, and it did not go well. Now, the Runnin’ Bulldogs welcome undefeated Samford (2-0). Samford leads the series 5-2, and Gardner-Webb last beat the Bulldogs from Birmingham in 2000. Gardner-Webb running back Kenny Little is 23 yards away from 1,500 career rushing yards.
Elon (1-1) plays host to West Virginia State while the rest of the SoCon and Big South teams will be playing FBS schools.
Stony Brook (2-0) travels to Syracuse, Charleston Southern (0-2) plays at Illinois, and Presbyterian College (1-1) visits a FBS school for the second straight week when it goes to Vanderbilt. On the SoCon side, Furman (0-2) makes the short trip down Highway 123 to play at Clemson.