COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Gamecocks and Clemson Tigers will renew their annual rivalry on Saturday, Nov. 25, with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Columbia, according to a Monday announcement. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
In addition, the SEC Network’s traveling pregame show, SEC Nation Presented by Pilot Flying J, will travel to Columbia for the annual Palmetto Bowl. Airing live from 10 a.m.-noon, the show will delve into the storylines of SEC football, the College Football Playoff rankings and more before the teams kick off at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Also, the University of South Carolina will play host Friday to The Paul Finebaum Show, which airs from 2-3 p.m. on ESPN2 and 3-7 p.m. on SEC Network.
The Tigers lead the all-time series by a 68-42-4 count, including a 50-32-3 advantage when the game is played in Columbia. Carolina has won five of the last eight meetings in the series.
B-CU Hail Mary alters seasons, polls
Bethune-Cookman’s Hail Mary victory over North Carolina Central in Durham altered slightly both the Boxtorow coaches' and media polls.
The victory by the Wildcats also sent shockwaves through the MEAC, making it now a race between North Carolina A&T and Howard for the MEAC crown. A&T’s win over Savannah State kept the Aggies undefeated and clinched them at least a share of the championship and a win against the archrival Eagles would give them the championship outright.
The coaches poll saw some adjustment as Southern, Alcorn State and Howard – all winners – moved up one spot and occupy the Nos. 3, 4, and 5 spots.
NCCU dropped from No. 3 to No. 7, below No. 6 Bethune-Cookman, winners of three-straight who moved up a spot.
In the media poll, Alcorn State benefited the most from the Eagles loss, moving up two spots to No. 4 as the rest of the top five remained the same from last week. NCCU fell four spots to No. 8.
Wofford earns title
LEXINGTON, Va. – The Wofford College football team secured the Southern Conference Championship with a 45-7 win at VMI on Saturday afternoon at Foster Stadium. The Terriers had a 21-7 lead at the half and took advantage of a pair of turnovers in the third quarter to add to the advantage.
Wofford, ranked seventh in the nation in Tuesday’s new FC polls, is 9-1 overall and 7-1 in the Southern Conference.
“It was a tremendous win to secure the Southern Conference Championship,” head coach Mike Ayers said. “I am blessed to have this group of guys. Opportunities to win a title don’t come around every day and when they do you can’t let it get away. These kids have matured over the course of the year and were focused on today. They were ready to play and I am excited about what we accomplished.”
Furman cracks poll’s top 20
GREENVILLE -- Coming off an impressive 56-20 win over The Citadel on Saturday, Furman has climbed one spot to No. 20 in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.
The Paladins (7-3, 6-1 SoCon), winners of seven straight games and in second place in the Southern Conference standings, a half game behind Wofford, can clinch a share of the 2017 league crown with a victory at Samford this Saturday in the final regular season contest for both teams. Kickoff at Seibert Stadium is set for 3:30 ET.
In a related poll note, the FCS coaches took notice of Furman this week, moving the Paladins into their top 25 poll at No. 24.
Holloman to coach Beaufort High
BEAUFORT – Former University of South Carolina and Dallas Cowboys star Devonte Holloman has been named as the next head football coach at Beaufort High School.
Holloman has coached at Beaufort High for the past three years, the first year as defensive backs coach and the second and third years as defensive coordinator.
He succeeds Mark Clifford, who stepped down recently after 14 years as Beaufort High’s head coach.