- Fri Dec 21, 2018 6:15 pm
I don't really see much stopping us from a third straight title, at least not next year.
We get Charleston Southern first. I figured that they'd decline after Chadwell left, but I never thought it would happen as suddenly and drastically as it did. Following two awful seasons, Tucker has resigned and Chuck is in turmoil. Gotta think, regardless of who they hire, they're in for a really rough time next season. Amazing that they team we thought would be our greatest competition for the conference crown going forward will likely be middle of the pack next year. We should win easily and make it clear to the rest of the conference that we're not in a rebuilding year.
Second is Presby. Well, they'll have even fewer scholarships than last year. Won't be competitive.
UNA next. Second season playing D1 ball, first season playing a conference schedule. Should be at full scholarships, though most of their players were recruited to play D2. They had a decent (but not great) season last year, where they played a lot of D2 teams. Got curb-stomped by Campbell. Maybe you can attribute some of their bad results to the fact that they weren't playing for anything. But until they beat a Big South team, I won't be convinced. Their fans seem optimistic though. Very interesting match-up, because this should turn into a good rivalry. Might be our biggest competition in the near future.
Monmouth. No de facto conference championship game this year. They lose their big-time WR, but otherwise return most of their play-makers, including QB and a stable of RBs. I believe they lose a lot up front on both sides though, and that'll mean big problems against us. At home, it should be another mashing, but they've got some players. Can't take them lightly.
@Campbell. Adding their second scholarship class will help a lot. They were better than expected last year. Could make noise this year. On the road, this could be a trap game following Monmouth. But we should be way too talented. Campbell will continue to improve rapidly as a program. We should have the conference wrapped up at this point.
@Hampton. It's nice to have another new team on the schedule, and I'm glad to see them in the Big South. But they got destroyed by Monmouth and Chuck last year and only squeeked past Presby by 1. This shouldn't be close.
Gardner-Webb. They're due for a good season about now, right? RIght? Maybe they'll be a sleeper. But they won't get between us and a national seed.
I'm very interested in seeing what the final non-conference schedule looks like. I'm already very excited for next season.
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