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Big South Football Preview: Week 1
The 11th season of Big South Conference football kicks off this Saturday, Sept. 1 with all seven teams in action, including four games on the Big South Network presented by State Farm. In addition, Liberty's opener at Wake Forest will be carried on ESPN3. A printable version of this preview is available to the right and below.
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Brevard Tornados (0-0) at PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE BLUE HOSE (0-0) • Bailey Memorial Stadium • 2:00pm • Big South Network presented by State Farm
This is the first meeting between the schools, and marks the first of two first time opponents for PC this year.
Presbyterian starts the season at home for the second-straight year, and last won its season opener in 2006.
LANCE BYRD needs 51 rushing yards to become the 12th player in Big South history with 2,000. WR
MICHAEL RUFF needs 42 receiving yards for 1,000 in his career. Presbyterian College is in its first season as a full-fledged Division I program.
VMI KEYDETS (0-0) at Delaware State Hornets (0-0) • Alumni Stadium • 2:00pm
This is the second meeting between the schools. Delaware State won the first meeting last year, 24-21.
VMI is opening the season on the road for the first time since 2004.
The Keydets are 74-45-2 all-time in season openers, and have averaged 29.3 points in the last seven.
ERIC KORDENBROCK's 2,515 career passing yards are most among the Big South's active quarterbacks. The Keydets are playing in the state of Delaware for the first time since Oct. 10, 1976.
CHARLESTON SOUTHERN BUCCANEERS (0-0) at The Citadel Bulldogs (0-0) • Johnson Hagood Stadium • 6:00pm
This is the sixth meeting between the schools, but first meeting since 2007. The Citadel leads the series, 4-1.
Charleston Southern's lone win in the series was a 38-35 double-overtime victory in 2006.
CSU is opening the season on the road for the eighth time in the last nine seasons.
Charleston Southern is opening the campaign against an FCS member for the first time since 2007.
The Buccaneers are looking to snap a 12-game losing streak Saturday.
North Carolina A&T Aggies (0-0) at COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS (0-0) • Brooks Stadium • 6:00pm • Big South Network presented by State Farm
This is the fourth meeting between the schools. Coastal Carolina leads the series, 3-0.
The game marks the collegiate head coaching debut of Coastal head coach
JOE MOGLIA. Coastal Carolina has averaged 26.3 points in its three wins over the Aggies, while holding NCA&T to 9.3 points.
The Chanticleers are opening the season at home for the second-straight year and fourth time overall (2-1).
DAVID DURAN needs two receptions to break the Big South career record for tight ends.
#10/13 Wofford Terriers (0-0) at GARDNER-WEBB RUNNIN' BULLDOGS (0-0) • Spangler Stadium • 6:00pm • Big South Network presented by State Farm
This is the 22nd meeting between the schools, but first meeting since 2007. Wofford leads the series, 15-6.
Gardner-Webb's last win in the series came 25 seasons ago, a 36-3 win on Nov. 21, 1987 in Spangler Stadium.
The Runnin' Bulldogs have won three consecutive season openers and are 7-3 in openers since 2002.
KENNY LITTLE needs 119 rushing yards for 1,500 in his career. DL
PRESTON PEMASA needs 2.0 TFL to become the 10th player in Big South history with 30 career TFL.
Central Connecticut State Blue Devils (0-0) at #17/17 STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES (0-0) • LaValle Stadium • 6:00pm • Big South Network presented by State Farm
This is the 11th meeting between the schools. Stony Brook leads the series, 7-3.
The teams last played in 2007, a 34-7 Seawolves win, and SBU has never lost at home to CCSU.
Stony Brook is opening the season at home for the first time since 2008 -- its last season-opening win.
MIGUEL MAYSONET (2,761) needs 100 rushing yards to move into 4th on the Big South's all-time list. The Seawolves carry a six-game home winning streak into Saturday's game, averaging 41.3 points in that span.
LIBERTY FLAMES (0-0) at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-0) • BB&T Field • 6:30pm • ESPN3
This is the second meeting between the schools. Wake Forest won the first meeting, 34-14, in 2006.
The game marks the FCS head coaching debut of Liberty head coach
TURNER GILL. Liberty is playing its season opener on the road for the third time in four years -- all at FBS opponents.
The Flames' last season-opening win on the road was in 1988 (17-7 at Edinboro, Sept. 3).
SIRCHAUNCEY HOLLOWAY is tied for 11th in Big South history with 21 career rushing touchdowns.