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Football notes - week 12
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 11/16/2017
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Furman's P.J. Blazejowski
Courtesy: Furman University

Nov. 18 (Saturday)
Mercer at Alabama (SEC Network/SEC Network+), 12 p.m.
The Citadel at Clemson (ACC Network/ACC Network Extra), 12:20 p.m.
*ETSU at Chattanooga (ESPN3), 2 p.m.
Western Carolina at North Carolina (ACC Network Extra), 3 p.m.
*Furman at Samford (Stadium), 3:30 p.m.
Wofford at South Carolina (SEC Network Alternate/SEC Network+), 4 p.m.

Nov. 19 (Sunday)
NCAA FCS Playoff Selection Show (ESPNU/WatchESPN), 11 a.m.

Notes

• Wofford wrapped up at least a share of its fifth Southern Conference title and first since 2012 with its 45-14 win at VMI on Saturday. The Terriers finished their league slate at 7-1, a mark Furman could match with a win at Samford on Saturday, but Wofford secured the SoCon’s automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs by virtue of its 24-23 win over the Paladins to open the season on Sept. 2.

• If Furman downs Samford on Saturday, the Paladins would claim a share of their league-best 14th SoCon title and first since 2013. Both teams come into the contest with 7-3 overall records, nationally ranked and trying to bolster FCS Playoff résumés.

• ETSU visits Chattanooga in the only other league game on the slate for the final weekend of the regular season. The Citadel, Mercer, Western Carolina and Wofford are all in action at FBS Power 5 opponents.

• The SoCon is the only conference in college football that will take on both the reigning FCS and FBS national champions this season. In addition to ETSU squaring off against FCS top-ranked JMU on Sept. 9, The Citadel will face Clemson on Saturday.

• Furman, which is in the STATS FCS Top 25 for the third straight week, moving up one spot to No. 20, debuted in the FCS Coaches Poll for the first time this season at No. 24. The Paladins are in the coaches’ rankings for the first time since the Sept. 15, 2014, poll.

• Wofford moved up one spot to seventh in both polls, while Samford climbed one spot to 13th in the coaches’ rankings but dropped one spot to 17th in the STATS poll despite a 42-7 win over ETSU on Saturday.

• Western Carolina fell 35-33 to Mercer on Saturday, dropping the Catamounts from the national rankings and dealing their FCS Playoff hopes a hit. WCU has one more chance to impress the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee when it heads to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saturday for a date against the North Carolina Tar Heels.

• Mercer will take on its second SEC opponent this season when it faces No. 1 Alabama on Saturday. The Bears faced then-No. 15 Auburn on Sept. 16.

• Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges threw for four touchdowns in a 42-7 win over ETSU on Saturday, pushing his career total to 76 and moving him past two-time Walter Payton Award winner and SoCon Hall of Famer Armanti Edwards of Appalachian State into second on the SoCon’s career list.

• Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome needs just seven rushing yards to become the first-ever Catamount with three 1,000-yard seasons. With 118 all-purpose yards at Mercer on Saturday, Newsome moved into second place in SoCon history with 6,814, passing SoCon Hall of Famer and 1999 Walter Payton Award winner Adrian Peterson of Georgia Southern (6,784) and second only to VMI’s Thomas Haskins, who had 7,355 from 1993-96.

• Since the start of the 2013 season, 68 of 158 (.430) league games have been decided by one possession, including 14 of 34 (.412) this season.