SC STATE FOOTBALL: No playoff bid for Bulldogs; Furman, Wofford are in

SC STATE FOOTBALL: No playoff bid for Bulldogs; Furman, Wofford are in

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Wofford is in. Furman is in. South Carolina State is not.

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Sunday's reveal on the field for the 2019 FCS playoffs found the co-champions of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on the outside looking in despite a better record at 8-3 than nine teams in the 24-team field.

Wofford (8-3) as Southern Conference champion received an automatic bid, as did nine other conference champions. Furman (8-4) received an at-large berth.

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The Bulldogs as co-champions of the MEAC, which does not have an automatic bid, defeated Furman in the season-opener in Orangeburg. Wofford later defeated Furman.

The Bulldogs missed out on a trip to the Celebration Bowl because North Carolina A&T, the MEAC co-champ, held the tiebreaker by defeating S.C. State.

S.C. State head coach Buddy Pough has said the Bulldogs deserve a playoff bid.

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Wofford will play host to Kennesaw State (10-2) in the first round on Nov. 30 at 1:30. Furman travels to Austin Peay (9-3) for a 1 p.m. game.

Other first-round games on Nov. 30 are:

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  • Holy Cross (7-5) at Monmouth (NJ) (10-2), noon
  • Central Connecticut State (11-1) at Albany (NY) (8-4), 1 p.m.
  • Illinois State (8-4) at Southeast Missouri State (9-3), 2 p.m.
  • San Diego (9-2) at Northern Iowa (8-4), 2 p.m.
  • North Dakota (7-4) at Nicholls (8-4), 4 p.m.
  • Villanova (9-3) at Southeastern Louisiana (7-4), 4 p.m.

The winners will meet teams with a first-round bye on Dec. 7. North Dakota State (12-0), which has won seven out of the last eight FCS championships, is seeded first. James Madison (11-1), the 2016 champ and 2017 runner-up, is seeded second.

Other teams with byes are South Dakota State (8-4), Weber State (9-3), Montana State (9-3), Montana (9-3), Central Arkansas (9-3) and Sacramento State (9-3).

Should Wofford advance, the Terriers will play at Weber State at 3 p.m. Furman would travel to Sacramento State for a 9 p.m. game.


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