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Week Nine SoCon Primer

By Robbie Ross
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What you need to know ahead of week nine in the SoCon.

Mercer Quarterback Kaelan Riley and Furman Linebacker Reynard Ellis has been named to the Jerry Rice Award “Watch List” this week by STATS, LLC.  Riley has completed close to 64 percent of his passes for 1,726 yards and 13 touchdowns through the Bears first 8 games.  Ellis is the Paladins second leading tackler with 47, including 2 for loss and 1 sack. The Jerry Rice Award is awarded annually to the most outstanding freshman player in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) of college football as chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors. 

Samford moved into the Top Ten this week at #9 in the STATS, LLC FCS Top 25 Poll after their win at Wofford.  Wofford remained in the Top Ten at #8, Western Carolina is the third SoCon team ranked at #18.  Furman and The Citadel received votes in the latest Top 25 Poll.  Over the course of the season eight of the nine teams in the league have either been ranked or received votes in the poll. 

The Military Classic of the South will be played for the 73rd time this weekend in Charleston.  The Citadel holds a 40-30-2 against VMI in the “Battle for the Silver Shako”.  The Citadel has won ten straight in the series with the Keydets. 

Week 8 Results

(18) Western Carolina 26 VMI 7
(RV) Furman 28 Mercer 21
(9) Samford 24 (8) Wofford 21
(RV) The Citadel 20 Chattanooga 14

Week 9 Schedule

Saturday, October 28th (8) Wofford at ETSU, 1:00, Johnson City, Tennessee, ESPN3
Saturday, October 28th VMI at (RV) The Citadel, 2:00, Charleston, SC, ESPN3
Saturday, October 28th Chattanooga at (9) Samford, 3:00, Birmingham, AL, ESPN3
Saturday, October 28th (RV) Furman at (18) Western Carolina, 3:30, Cullowhee, NC, ESPN3

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.