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WRAPPING THINGS UP

The state's Division II teams wrap up their regular seasons, with Benedict (7-3) playing Clark Atlanta in Augusta and Newberry (5-4) playing host to Brevard. Benedict is looking for its fifth consecutive win while maintaining a shot at an at-large bid to the Division II playoffs.

Newberry is playing for a winning campaign in Todd Knight's first season. As part of season-ending festivities, the school will hold a ceremony to bury its former Indians nickname for good. The new nickname and logo are not scheduled to be unveiled until next summer, but one Facebook page is promoting the Red Wolves nickname, which has emerged as a frontrunner.

ON THE DEFENSIVE

S.C. State always seems to have its share of offensive stars, but after last week's 52-10 blowout of Delaware State, it was a defensive player who stepped into the spotlight. Senior defensive back Phillip Adams was named MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder from Rock Hill had eight tackles with one for a loss. He also had a 36-yard interception return for a touchdown and three pass breakups. The Bulldogs (7-1, 5-0 MEAC), who have won 16 consecutive conference games, look to extend that streak today at Howard (2-6, 0-5).

A REAL DOG FIGHT

Wofford's game against The Citadel finds the Terriers (2-6, 1-4 SoCon) trying to get their bite back. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs (4-4, 2-3) have consecutive victories against Furman and Samford. Wofford has won the past 10 meetings, which should provide added incentive for the Bulldogs, who got an amazing performance from freshman walk-on quarterback Tommy Edwards in the comeback against Samford after injuries sidelined Bart Blanchard and Miguel Starks. Whoever takes the snaps today will want to get the ball to wide receiver Andre Roberts (Spring Valley), who needs 16 yards to move into second on the SoCon all-time receiving yards list.

IN SEARCH OF A WIN

Presbyterian renews its rivalry with Charleston Southern today at home in a Big South game. The good news? PC leads the all-time series 12-4. The bad news? CSU has won the past three meetings, including 29-18 last year. The Bucs (3-5, 1-2) are coming off a victory against VMI, which defeated the Blue Hose (0-8, 0-3) earlier this season. First-year coach Harold Nichols continues to look for his first win, while CSU coach Jay Mills will be coaching his 100th game. PC has lost 11 consecutives games dating to last season. They must find a way to contain Charleston Southern wide receiver Gerald Stevenson, who leads the Bucs in rushing (316 yards) and receiving (423 yards).

IT GETS NO EASIER

Furman could be called a glutton for punishment with this year's schedule. Coming off three losses in four games, including a 52-27 beatdown at the hands of Appalachian State last week, the Paladins (4-4) are at SEC foe Auburn (6-3), which knocked off Ole Miss last week. Furman's other FBS opponent this season was Missouri, which pounded the Paladins 52-12. While the offense has played well behind senior quarterback Jordan Sorrells, who needs 72 yards to become the school's all-time leading passer, the defense has struggled. Opponents are averaging 30 points and 430 yards against the Furman defense.

- Neil White

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