The Citadel capped the 2015 college football year of FCS victories over FBS teams winning at in-state, SEC and Power Five member, South Carolina.
The 23-22 win gives the Bulldogs, of the Southern Conference, a tremendous head of steam going in to the 2015 FCS playoffs. The Citadel plays at Coastal Carolina on Saturday in Conway, South Carolina, in the first round of the FCS playoffs. If they win that one, a battle the likes of which has never been seen in Charleston looms large. Well, maybe never seen at least since 1861 when some Yankees got a taste of the resolve of the cadets of The Citadel in and around Charleston harbor and Fort Sumter. Okay, The Citadel lost to Charleston Southern, 33-20, in the friendly confines of The Citadel’s own Johnson Hagood Stadium earlier this season. But, this is the playoffs for the FCS National Championship. The Citadel at Charleston Southern game would be one for the ages in Charleston with a potential FCS crown hanging in the balance. However, Coastal Carolina will have plenty to say about that. Both Coastal Carolina and Charleston Southern are from the Big South Conference.
The Citadel is 8-3 on the season. One of those losses was at FBS and Sun Belt member Georgia Southern, 48-13. The other loss was at fellow SoCon member Chattanooga, 31-23. Chattanooga’s playoff bracket feeds right into guess who’s should they get by Fordham and number one overall seed, Jacksonville State. El Cid played both Chattanooga and Charleston Southern pretty tough earlier this year. Any way you shake it, this has been, and will be, an eventful season of FCS football in South Carolina. And, yes, Furman, you have not been forgotten even though you did not make the playoffs.
Here are The Citadel v. South Carolina highlights from the Gamecocks’ perspective. Note the fantastic shots of Williams-Brice Stadium, the beautiful and patriotic halftime show, and the 1,000 pound gorilla, er, Bulldog, very much not in evidence.