Sept. 21 (Saturday)
*Mercer at #15/17 Furman (Nexstar/ESPN+), 1 p.m.
Robert Morris at VMI (ESPN+), 1:30 p.m.
#2/2 James Madison at Chattanooga (ESPN+), 4 p.m.
Charleston Southern at #--/25 The Citadel (ESPN+), 6 p.m.
Gardner-Webb at Wofford (ESPN+), 6 p.m.
Alabama A&M at Samford (ESPN3), 7 p.m.
Austin Peay at ETSU (ESPN+), 7:30 p.m.
* Southern Conference game
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• Seven games adorn the Southern Conference schedule this Saturday, with Mercer visiting No. 15/17 Furman in the lone league contest and six schools hosting nonconference tilts.
• The Citadel downed Georgia Tech on Sept. 14, 27-24 in overtime, for its first win over an FBS team since 2015 and its ninth overall. Senior kicker Jacob Godek nailed the winning 37-yard field goal in OT, while quarterback Brandon Rainey ran for 70 yards and a score and threw a 30-yard TD pass in three quarters of work. With the win, the Bulldogs moved into the STATS FCS poll at No. 25 this week.
• In a game that endured two weather delays and ended after 1 a.m., VMI outlasted defending SoCon tri-champion ETSU in overtime, 31-24. Reece Udinski hit Javeon Lara for a 21-yard touchdown in the first overtime and the Keydets got the stop they needed on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line on the Bucs' ensuing possession to collect their first win in league play since 2016. VMI running back Alex Ramsey ran for 57 yards and a pair of touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 56 yards.
• Samford picked up a big road win of its own, downing No. 22/21 Wofford, 21-14. The win was the Bulldogs' fifth straight over Wofford and snapped the Terriers' 18-game winning streak in home openers dating back to 2000.
• Chattanooga, which boasts one of the toughest schedules in the nation, hosts consensus No. 2 James Madison on Saturday to complete a grueling stretch of games that has also seen the Mocs face then-No. 17/18 Jacksonville State and FBS Tennessee in consecutive weeks.
• For the second straight week, Furman gave an FBS team fits, falling to Virginia Tech 24-17 a week after dropping a 48-42 contest at Georgia State. The Paladins led the Hokies 14-3 at the half.
• Kicker Grayson Atkins assumed sole possession of the Furman record for consecutive field goals made, as his 22-yard strike in the fourth quarter extended his mark to 13 straight makes dating back to last season.
• The Paladins dropped two spots to No. 15 in the AFCA FCS Coaches' Top 25 this week and one position to No. 17 in the STATS poll. Wofford, which fell to unranked Samford, dropped out of both polls, from Nos. 22 and 21, respectively.
• Mercer received votes in both polls, while ETSU, Chattanooga and Wofford are receiving votes in the STATS poll only.
• Mercer suffered its first loss of the season on Sept. 14, falling 48-34 to Austin Peay. The Bears got a big game from sophomore wide receiver David Durden, who had a career-best 129 yards and two touchdowns and notched 146 yards on four kickoff returns for a total of 275 all-purpose yards. Redshirt senior linebacker Will Coneway had a game-high 13 tackles to match his career high and is 12th among active FCS players with 238 in his career.
• Samford quarterback Chris Oladokun leads all FCS players in yards per pass attempt (13.17), while Mercer QB Robert Riddle shares the FCS lead in passing TDs (11) with Eastern Washington's Eric Barriere. Citadel QB Brandon Rainey is third in rushing TDs with five and Mercer's David Durden is second in kickoff returns at 40.3 yards per attempt.
• Former Samford quarterback and 2018 Walter Payton Award winner Devlin Hodges was promoted to the Pittsburgh Steelers' 53-man roster Monday after QB Ben Roethlisberger was put on the reserve/injured list.
• Furman's Grayson Atkins, Samford's Mitchell Fineran and Chattanooga's Victor Ulmo are among 31 collegiate kickers on the watch list for the Fred Mitchell Award, which honors place-kickers for their excellence on the and for continued community service during their offseason.