Big South Football: Championship Saturday Preview


Big South Conference football concludes this Saturday, Nov. 19 with three Conference games, including the Championship game featuring Liberty at Stony Brook in a televised match-up for the Big South's automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.  A printable version of this preview is available to the right.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (0-10, 0-5 Big South) at PRESBYTERIAN COLLEGE BLUE HOSE (3-7, 2-3 Big South) • Bailey Memorial Stadium • 1:00pm • WMYA-TV 40, WMMP-TV 36, ESPN3, Big South Network presented by State Farm

THE SERIES:  This is the 19th meeting between the schools.  Presbyterian College leads the series, 12-6.

BUCCANEER BULLETS:  Charleston Southern has won the last five meetings, and has averaged 33.2 points in that span, which includes 40 points in the last two match-ups ... This is the first time since 2002 that Charleston Southern is NOT playing its season finale against Coastal Carolina ... The Bucs have lost three of their five Big South games by seven points-or-less ... QB RICHARD MOUNCE has thrown for 1,101 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last four games, in addition to averaging 305.3 yards of total offense.

BLUE HOSE BANTER:  Presbyterian College is looking for its first win over Charleston Southern since a 42-0 blanking of the Buccaneers in 2005 ... The Blue Hose are looking to finish with a .500 Big South record for the first time ... PC is 3-1 at home this season and is averaging 33.0 points in those games ... QB RYAN SINGER has eclipsed 100 rushing yards and 100 passing yards in the same game twice this season ... CB JUSTIN BETHEL needs four solo tackles to become the first player in Big South history with 200 solo stops.

GARDNER-WEBB RUNNIN' BULLDOGS (4-6, 2-3 Big South) at VMI KEYDETS (1-9, 1-4 Big South) • Foster Stadium • 1:30pm • Big South Network presented by State Farm

THE SERIES:  This is the ninth meeting between the schools.  Gardner-Webb leads the series, 8-0.

BULLDOG BITES:  Gardner-Webb's eight-game win streak over VMI is the longest win streak over one Big South opponent in League history ... GWU is looking to finish .500 in Conference play for the first time since 2009 ... The average margin of victory in the series is just 7.8 points, while the last three meetings have been decided by 6.0 points ... RB KENNY LITTLE needs 100 rushing yards to become the first Runnin' Bulldog with a 1,000-yard rushing season since 2000 ... LB MARTY PATTERSON needs nine tackles for 100 this season.

KEYDET KICKS:  The Keydets are closing out the season at home for the first time since 2009, and are facing a Conference opponent in the home finale for the first time since 2006 (Liberty) ... TRACY HAIRSTON's 964 kickoff return yards this season is nine yards shy of breaking the VMI single-season record.  Hairston could become just the second player in Big South history with 1,000 kickoff return yards in a season ... With 341 career tackles, LB A.J. GROSS needs eight stops to end his career as the Big South's third-leading all-time tackler.

COASTAL CAROLINA CHANTICLEERS (6-4) at Western Carolina Catamounts (1-9) • E.J. Whitmire Stadium • 2:00pm

  • This is the first meeting between the schools, and marks Coastal Carolina's second SoCon opponent this year.
  • A win Saturday would give the Chanticleers their best overall record since its 2006 playoff season (9-3).
  • Coastal Carolina is 5-3 all-time in regular-season finales and 2-2 when closing the regular-season on the road.
  • The Chanticleers are 38-4 all-time when eclipsing 200 rushing yards as a team.
  • Buck Buchanan Award addition JOSH NORMAN needs nine tackles to finish his career with 200.  

#16/16 LIBERTY FLAMES (7-3, 5-0 Big South) at STONY BROOK SEAWOLVES (7-3, 5-0 Big South) • LaValle Stadium • 3:30pm • Flames Sports Network, MASN, ESPN3, Big South Network presented by State Farm

THE GAME:  Saturday's meeting is for the Big South Championship and automatic bid to the FCS Playoffs.

THE SERIES:  This is the fourth meeting between the schools.  Liberty leads the series, 2-1.  The home team has won all three previous meetings.

FLAMES FACTS:  Liberty is looking for its fifth consecutive Big South football championship (outright or shared), which would be a League-record ... The Flames are also pursuing their first-ever playoff berth ... RB ALDREAKIS ALLEN has scored a touchdown in five-straight games and is averaging 107.0 rushing yards in his last four outings ... QB MIKE BROWN needs 289 passing yards to become the sixth Big South QB with 6,000 in a career ... WR CHRIS SUMMERS needs six catches for his second-straight 60-reception season.

SEAWOLF SCREAMS:  Stony Brook is looking for its third consecutive Big South football championship, and first outright title ... The Seawolves are also pursuing their first-ever playoff berth ... Stony Brook has won seven consecutive games and has out-scored its opposition 312-123 (44.6 to 17.6) in that span ... The Seawolves have also won nine-straight Big South home games ... SBU is averaging 50.4 points in Conference games ... RB MIGUEL MAYSONET needs 174 rushing yards to break the Big South's single-season rushing record of 1,500.

The following news outlets offer previews of the Big South title game:
Sports Network
College Sporting News
FCS Football Network
Lynchburg News & Advance