SPARTANBURG — Wofford has locked up a share of the Southern Conference championship, but coach Mike Ayers is not convinced the Terriers have locked up a spot in the FCS playoffs.
“Do you remember Wofford’s playoff history over the years?” Ayers said Monday. “Sometimes it’s been interesting.”
Wofford finished tied for first with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State. Those three have completed their league schedules, but the tiebreaker for the automatic berth in the 20-team playoffs will be determined after this week’s games involving other SoCon teams.
Only Georgia Southern and Appalachian State still have a chance for the automatic berth. And despite moving back into the top 10 this week after the 16-13 overtime victory Saturday against Chattanooga, the ninth-ranked Terriers (8-2, 6-2) barely have the necessary seven wins against Division I opponents and the remaining game is 1 p.m. Saturday at South Carolina.
A loss, especially by a large margin, could cause a slip in the next polls for the Terriers and a nervous feeling for the FCS selection show on Nov. 18.
The biggest playoff snub was 10 years ago when Wofford went 9-3 with a loss at Maryland and was not invited to the postseason. The Terriers didn’t make it at 8-3 in 2004 despite playing in the national semifinals the previous year.
Even when the Terriers have made the playoffs, the pairings have been somewhat curious. They won the SoCon’s automatic bid in 2007, and that earned an opening game at second-ranked Montana. They were league champs in 2010 and No. 6 in the country but had to go on the road to No. 12 Jacksonville State. Last season, at 8-4 and 6-2, they had to open at second-ranked Northern Iowa.