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S.C. State, Wofford face high-ranked opponents in FCS playoffs

S.C. State head football coach Buddy Pough, right, and tight end Rolandas Breland, along with the rest of the South Carolina State Bulldog football team celebrate Sunday night as they learn they are going to play three-time defending NCAA FCS national champions Appalachian State in the first round of this year's Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The team, band, cheerleaders and fans gathered for a celebration of the MEAC championship and to watch the selection show Sunday night.
S.C. State head football coach Buddy Pough, right, and tight end Rolandas Breland, along with the rest of the South Carolina State Bulldog football team celebrate Sunday night as they learn they are going to play three-time defending NCAA FCS national champions Appalachian State in the first round of this year's Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. The team, band, cheerleaders and fans gathered for a celebration of the MEAC championship and to watch the selection show Sunday night. The State

South Carolina State and Wofford both drew tough assignments on the road for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs that begin Saturday.

The Bulldogs (10-2), who won the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference’s automatic bid, will travel to Boone, N.C., to play three-time defending national champion Appalachian State (10-2), which won the Southern Conference’s automatic bid. The Mountaineers enter this season’s playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed in the 16-team field. The game will be played at noon on ESPNU. This will be the first appearance for S.C. State in the FCS playoffs since 1982.

Wofford (9-2), which received an at-large bid as the second-place team in the Southern Conference, must travel to face top-seeded James Madison (10-1) in Harrisonburg, Va., for a 2:05 game. The Dukes, who won the Colonial Athletic Association’s automatic bid, have won 10 consecutive games, which included a victory over Appalachian State. This is the Terriers’ second consecutive trip to the FCS playoffs.

Today’s FCS Top 25 poll by the Sports Network had JMU at No. 1, ASU at No. 2, Wofford at No. 8, and S.C. State at No. 13.

The Appalachian-S.C. State winner will face the winner of the Richmond-Eastern Kentucky game. The JMU-Wofford winner will face the winner of the Villanova-Colgate game.

-- Neil White

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