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Week Seven SoCon Primer

By Robbie Ross
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Looking ahead to week seven in the SoCon.

 A season high six SoCon teams received votes in this week’s Stats Top 25 Poll. Wofford, Samford, Western Carolina and The Citadel were all ranked among the nations best 25 FCS teams. Wofford at #5, Samford #19, Western Carolina #21 and The Citadel #23. Mercer and Furman both received votes from the panel of sportswriters around the country. 

Wofford continues to find ways to win close games. Four of Wofford’s five wins this season have been by a combined 12 points (24-23 over Furman, 28-27 over Mercer, 27-24 over Gardner-Webb, 35-28 over Western Carolina). Since the beginning of last year 11 of Wofford’s 19 games have been decided by 10 points or less. 

Mercer’s Lee Bennett became the SoCon’s first National Player of the Week of the season last week for his performance in the Bears upset win at The Citadel. Bennett tallied a career high 16 tackles from his Linebacker position along with one tackle for loss, two fumbles forced and a fumble recovery. Bennett helped the Bear defense hold The Citadel to just 201 yards rushing, 121 yards under their season average. 

Week 6 Results

(19) Samford 26 VMI 7
(5) Wofford 35 (21) Western Carolina 28 (OT)
(RV) Mercer 24 (23) The Citadel 14
(RV) Furman 41 Chattanooga 17

Week 7 Schedule

Saturday, October 14th VMI at (RV) Furman, 1:00, Greenville, SC, ESPN3
Saturday, October 14th Chattanooga at (RV) Mercer, 3:30, Macon, GA, Stadium Network
Saturday, October 14th ETSU at (21) Western Carolina, 3:30, Cullowhee, NC, ESPN3
Saturday, October 14th (5) Wofford at (23) The Citadel, 6:00, Charleston, SC, 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.