Tuesday, August 30, 2016

S.C. State readying for Central Florida, tough early schedule

ORANGEBURG, South Carolina -- South Carolina State head football coach Buddy Pough held his first press conference of the 2016 season on Monday as he begins his 15th season in charge of the Bulldogs program.

He made it clear that the coaches and players are fully focused on what may be the toughest opening four-game road schedule of any S.C. State team in the program’s history. It includes three consecutive Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.

The Bulldogs will open the season on Saturday at 7 p.m. inside Bright House Networks Stadium (a 44,000-seat venue also known as The Bouncehouse) in Orlando, Fla., against Central Florida. From there, S.C. State will spend much of September on the road, playing at Louisiana Tech (Sept. 10), Clemson (Sept. 17) and MEAC opponent Florida A&M (Sept. 24).

It looks to be the toughest early schedule in the Pough era, ranking as a bigger challenge than the 2012 season when S.C. State opened with a 33-6 win against Georgia State before losing to Bethune-Cookman (27-14), Arizona (56-0) and Johnny Manziel's Texas A&M team (70-14).


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