FCS Football Week 5 Preview


Another week means another FCS football weekend as the eight teams from North Carolina in the FCS begin to play their conference opponents and the real games start. Keep your eye out as Davidson plays Princeton, but the matchup that will say the most has to be Western Carolina taking on Furman.

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Saturday- 9/27

Charlotte 49ers (3-1) vs Charleston Southern (4-0)

Time: 12:00 PM
TV: WCCB (Charlotte)

Don’t tell Charleston Southern about big games, because they have played in some squeakers. The biggest win has to be the one of local rival The Citadel last weekend. Both Charlotte and Charleston Southern beat Campbell by large margins, with Charlotte a little better. This should be an interesting game to see if 49er quarterback Matt Johnson can return from his turnover nightmare against Elon.

North Carolina A&T Aggies (3-1) at Howard Bison (1-3)

Time: 1:00 PM

Must be time for MEAC football. The Aggies have come into the MEAC season on fire behind Kwashaun Quick. Former Tar Heel player and Grambling coach Rod Broadway looks to keep the streak rolling against the Bison. Howard’s only win came against Morehouse.

Western Carolina Catamounts (2-1) at Furman Paladins (2-2)

Time: 3:30 PM

A Southern Conference matchup awaits. Ordinarily these teams would have cared about the App St-Georgia Southern throwdown last night, but not this year. Furman beat conference foe Mercer earlier this year, but dropped two close ones to in-state opponents Presbyterian and South Carolina State. A fresh Catamount team has a chance to get a big win, though they haven’t played someone like Furman since week 1.

Campbell Camels (0-3) vs Valparaiso Crusaders (1-2)

Time: 6:00 PM

I am certain Camels vs Crusaders is supposed to mean something. Both teams are glad to be playing Pioneer League competition this week, where they know their opponent has the same restrictions that they do. Since both Campbell and Valpo were outclassed by outside competition, it is hard to say what this game will look like. Campbell is the home, and that must mean something.

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  • Gardner-Webb Runnin Bulldogs (2-2) at The Citadel Bulldogs (0-3)

    Time: 6:00 PM

    It’s the battle of the Bulldogs down in Charleston. The Citadel has gotten off to a slow start this year, though #1 FSU was on their schedule. They were also handled comfortably by Coastal Carolina. Gardner-Webb has been building momentum for the last two weeks including a classic against Wofford. These are two teams looking to prove themselves.

    Davidson Wildcats (1-3) at Princeton Tigers (0-1)

    Time: 6:00 PM

    I’m sure it seemed like a good idea, but the Ivy League schools do not mess around to the level that the Pioneer League schools. The Tigers will come to play, after all it was Princeton who was part of the first college football game ever played.

    Elon Phoenix (1-2) at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (4-0)

    Time: 7:00 PM

    The Phoenix are riding high after beating the 49ers, but it never gets easier it seems. Coastal Carolina has been Teflon so far this season. The closest team to them that they faced was North Carolina A&T, who also beat Elon. Otherwise things have not been close for the Big South bad boy. Elon needs another big game from Mike Quinn to come out on top.

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