FCS Game of the Week Preview – Wofford vs. The Citadel

Two of the most prestigious programs in the Southern Conference are having seasons to forget. Wofford has lost three straight games to freefall out of the rankings, while The Citadel went 0-4 in the fall and is currently 0-5 in the spring. These two rivals can make their seasons a little better for their fans with a win on Saturday, so the Terriers and Bulldogs will both be fully motivated to finish strong although neither team will make the playoffs.

The Citadel leads this series 42-30-1 all-time, but Wofford has dominated in recent years. The Terriers have won 20 of the last 22 games and four in a row coming into Saturday. That’s why the oddsmakers have made Wofford more than a touchdown favorite per the college football betting odds.

This game will take place on Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 1 p.m. ET at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It will be broadcast on ESPN Plus.   

College Football Betting Odds

The Citadel +7.5

Wofford -7.5

Total 47.5

Last Meeting

Wofford jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead and led by 28 points at one point in its 31-11 win over The Citadel last season. Both teams ran for over 200 yards, but Brandon Rainey completed less than 34 percent of his passes for the Bulldogs. The Terriers only had 258 total yards on the afternoon, as they largely took advantage of their rival’s mistakes.

Wofford Offense vs. The Citadel Defense

The Terriers are not running the ball nearly as often as we have seen in the past. They are running on just over two-thirds of their plays, and that’s not the behavior we’ve come up to expect from this triple option offense.

The passing game has been a little better than you might expect from a triple option team. Wofford is completing 54.3% of its passes as a team for 612 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions through four games.

Four different players have run the ball at least 25 times for the Terriers. Irvin Mulligan is Wofford’s leading rusher and the most effective with 249 yards (6.4 YPC) and two touchdowns. Ryan Lovelace is more of a short yardage back, and Nathan Walker and Jamari Broussard fill out this backfield.

The Citadel is hoping that All-American linebacker Willie Eubanks III will be available. He hasn’t played in the last month, and this defense has not been as good without him. If he returns, that will give the Bulldogs a huge boost.

The Citadel Offense vs. Wofford Defense

Starting quarterback Jaylan Adams will be back in the lineup too. He missed last week’s game with a concussion, and his return will really help the Bulldogs. Adams leads the team with 519 rushing yards and five touchdowns, averaging 4.1 YPC. He is a much better passer than Darique Hampton, so this team will be better even though they are certainly missing Brandon Rainey.

The Citadel has not been as efficient running the ball as they would hope given their reliance on it. The Bulldogs have run for just 2,074 yards with 3.9 YPC through nine games. Cooper Wallace leads the team with 348 yards (5.4 YPC), while Nathan Storch is the bull that can pick up the tough yards.

Raleigh Webb is the team’s only real receiving option. Webb has 17 receptions for 282 yards and four touchdowns, and that’s a great stat line for a receiver in an option offense.

The Terriers aren’t as strong on defense as they have been in previous years. They have given up 73 points in their last two games against Samford and VMI, leading to losses in those games. Wofford’s run defense has been great, allowing 3.2 YPC, but the pass defense is allowing 9.1 YPA.

Prediction

Wofford is the play in this rivalry game despite the hook as the Terriers have one of the best front sevens in the country.

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