Nov. 2 (Saturday)
*Western Carolina at VMI (ESPN+), 1:30 p.m.
*Furman at Chattanooga (ESPN+), 2 p.m.
*The Citadel at ETSU (Nexstar/ESPN3, 3:30 p.m.
Wofford at Clemson (ACC Network) ,4 p.m.
*Samford at Mercer (ESPN+), 7 p.m.
* Southern Conference game
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• All nine Southern Conference teams are in action this weekend, with Furman visiting Chattanooga in a game with title implications and Wofford stepping out of league play to visit defending FBS national champion Clemson.
• Furman, 4-1 in league play, and Chattanooga, 3-1 in SoCon action, square off at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Paladins rebounded from their first league loss with a 28-7 win over Western Carolina on Oct. 26, while the Mocs dropped a 35-34 decision in overtime at Wofford for their first conference loss of the season.
• The wins by Furman and Wofford moved them in a tie for first in the SoCon standings, a half-game ahead of Chattanooga.
• The Terriers, winners of five straight, re-entered the national rankings this week, returning after a six-week absence. Wofford is ranked No. 20 in the AFCA FCS Coaches Top 25 and No. 23 in the STATS FCS Top 25. Furman moved up one spot to No. 13 in both polls.
• With a 5-for-5 effort against Chattanooga, Wofford senior kicker Luke Carter moved into a tie for second in league history for consecutive point-after makes. He has converted all 124 attempts of his career.
• Chattanooga freshman Ailym Ford, who ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Wofford, has turned in five 100-yard rushing games this season, including four straight. Second in the league in rushing at 111.6 yards per game, Ford has totaled 893 yards and nine TDs, the latter of which is a UTC freshman record.
• Coming off a bye week, VMI quarterback Reece Udinski enters Saturday’s contest against Western Carolina with an active FCS-record streak of 344 consecutive passes without an interception. Udinski has thrown for 14 TDs and a league-best 2,314 yards so far this year.
• The Citadel, which has won three straight games to move to 3-2 in the league, visits ETSU this weekend. Quarterback Brandon Rainey ran for a score and threw for another in the Bulldogs’ 35-24 win over Mercer on Oct. 26, breaking a 50-year-old school record for TD responsibility with 23 on the season.
• Mercer got a pair of career performances in the loss. Freshman wide receiver Yahsyn McKee caught five passes for 125 yards, both career highs, while safety Eric Jackson, a four-year starter, had a career-best 15 tackles.
• ETSU redshirt sophomore running back Quay Holmes finished with 260 all-purpose yards in the Bucs’ 24-17 loss to Samford on Oct. 26, running for 95, catching four passes for 42 yards and picking up 123 yards on five kick returns.
• Western Carolina quarterback Tyrie Adams completed 81.8 percent of his passes (18-for-22) for 108 yards in the loss to then-No. 14 Furman on Oct. 26.
• Samford leads the SoCon in scoring offense at 37.0 points per game despite ranking last in the league in time of possession, holding the ball just 23:02 per contest.
• The Citadel’s average time of possession is 36:11, which leads the FCS.
• Wofford ranks second in the FCS in rushing offense at 361.7 yards per game.