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Week Two SoCon Primer

By Robbie Ross
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Two league matchups highlight the week two SoCon slate.

25th ranked Furman will travel to take on 15th ranked Elon in the only battle of top 25 teams this week in the SOCON. The Paladins will face the Phoenix for the 3rd time in the past year with each team splitting two meetings in 2017. Elon won the first meeting, a 34-31 game in Greenville in week two of the regular season, and Furman won in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs 28-27 giving the Paladins their first postseason win since 2013. 

Mercer coach Bobby Lamb is on the cusp of a milestone as he enters Saturday’s game against Jacksonville needing one win for 100 in his career. He is fourth in league history with 89 wins as a SOCON coach, Lamb led Mercer to a 10-2 record in 2013, the year before the Bears entered the conference.

Two league games this week on the schedule early in week two. Wofford looks to get an early jump on defending their SOCON title from a year ago when they host VMI. Chattanooga travels to The Citadel, the Bulldogs look to stay in the SOCON race with a win to avoid an 0-2 start to league play.

Opening week was good to the top two quarterbacks in the SOCON. Samford’s Devlin Hodges, 1st team preseason All SOCON QB, passed for 330 yards and five touchdowns in the Bulldogs 66-9 win over Shorter. While the 2nd team preseason All SOCON signal caller Tyrie Adams from Western Carolina totaled 343 yards of offense, 262 in the air and 83 on the ground, while matching his career high with three rushing touchdowns. 

Week 1 Results

Thursday, August 30th
Chattanooga 34 Tennessee Tech 10
(9) Samford 66 Shorter 9
Saturday, September 1st
(7) Wofford 28 Citadel 21
East Tennessee State 28 Mars Hill 7
(2 FBS) Clemson 48 (25) Furman 7
(RV) Western Carolina 33 Newberry 26
Toledo 66 VMI 3
Memphis 66 Mercer 14

Week 2 Schedule

East Tennessee State at Tennessee, 4:00, Knoxville, TN, SEC Network
(25) Furman at (15) Elon, 6:00, Burlington, NC,
Jacksonville at Mercer, 6:00, Macon, GA, ESPN3
Chattanooga at The Citadel, 6:00, Charleston, SC, ESPN+
VMI at (7) Wofford, 6:00, Spartanburg, SC, ESPN+
(9) Samford at Florida State, 7:20, Tallahassee, FL, ACC Network

Robbie Ross - Robbie Ross is Southern Pigskin's lead SoCon writer. A 19-year veteran of the Furman Radio Network, Ross also spent time with the Georgia State Radio Network prior to his ventures with Southern Pigskin. He is a voter in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.