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Week Five SoCon Primer

By Robbie Ross
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Robbies Ross previews all the week five Southern Conference action.

Two SOCON teams gained over 400 yards on the ground last week.  Wofford rushed for 489 yards in their 49-10 win over Gardner-Webb. Furman rushed for 410 yards in the Paladins 45-10 win over Mercer. Wofford leads the SOCON in rushing at 312.7 yards per game, Furman is second in the league with 298.2 rushing yards per game. 

Furman and The Citadel remained the only two teams ranked this week in the FCS Top 25 Poll. The Paladins jumped one spot to #16 and The Citadel came in at #25 for the second straight week. Wofford received votes this week after falling out of the Top 25 last week for the first time since the week of November 14th, 2006.

SOCON teams have dominated games with their closest geographical conference rival so far in 2019. The conference improved to 4-0 over teams from The Big South Conference with last weeks 22-13 win by The Citadel over Charleston Southern and Wofford’s 49-10 win over Gardner-Webb. The SOCON can move to 5-0 over The Big South this week with a Mercer win over Campbell Saturday night in Macon. 

With Samford’s 55-21 win over Alabama A&M last week, Bulldogs coach Chris Hatcher reached a milestone. The win was Hatcher’s 150th career victory over the span of 20 seasons at Valdosta State, Georgia Southern, Murray State and now Samford. 

Week 4 Results
Furman 45 Mercer 10
Robert Morris 31 VMI 21
James Madison 37 Chattanooga 14
The Citadel 22 Charleston Southern 13
Wofford 49 Gardner-Webb 10
Samford 55 Alabama A&M 21
ETSU 20 Austin Peay 14

Week 5 Schedule
ETSU at (16) Furman, 1:00, Greenville, SC, Nexstar/ESPN+
(RV) Wofford at VMI, 1:30, Lexington, VA, ESPN+
(25) The Citadel at Samford, 3:00, Birmingham, AL, ESPN+
Western Carolina at Chattanooga, 4:00, Chattanooga, TN, ESPN+
Campbell at Mercer, 7:00, Macon, GA, ESPN+

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.