The Citadel football team rises in FCS polls

CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel football team has moved up in each of the FCS national polls released Monday.

The Bulldogs are ranked 20th in the Coaches Poll and 21st in the STATS poll. The Citadel is 7-2 overall this season, including 6-0 in the Southern Conference. The Bulldogs are one of 10 FCS teams still undefeated in conference play and have tied the school record for conference wins in a season, matching the 1992 team’s six SoCon victories. The Bulldogs have won five games in a row, the program’s longest single-season winning streak since 1992.

The Citadel leads the FCS with 33 rushing touchdowns and a school-record 426 interception return yards and is tied for the FCS lead with 17 interceptions and four interception return touchdowns. The Bulldogs’ average of 349.6 rushing yards per game and 24 turnovers forced rank first in the SoCon and second in FCS. The Bulldogs also lead the Southern Conference in scoring margin, yards per completion, sacks allowed, tackles for loss allowed, pass efficiency defense, scoring offense, third-down defense and tackles for loss.

In conference games, The Citadel leads the Southern Conference in scoring offense at 34.2 points per game and scoring defense allowing an average of 16.2 points per game. The Bulldogs also rank first in touchdowns, rushing offense, rushing defense, pass efficiency, pass efficiency defense, sacks, sacks allowed, third-down defense, interceptions and kickoff returns.

The Citadel travels to Chattanooga this week to face the Mocs on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a game that will determine the Southern Conference’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs. The game will be streamed on SoConDigitalNetwork.com.

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