2018 South Carolina State Bulldogs football
South Carolina State University Wordmark.jpeg
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record5–6 (4–3 MEAC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDaniel Lewis (2nd season)
Home stadiumOliver C. Dawson Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 12 North Carolina A&T $   6 1     9 2  
Bethune–Cookman   5 2     7 5  
Florida A&M   5 2     6 5  
South Carolina State   4 3     5 6  
Howard   4 3     4 6  
North Carolina Central   3 4     5 6  
Morgan State   3 4     4 7  
Norfolk State   2 5     4 7  
Delaware State   2 5     3 8  
Savannah State   1 6     2 8  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2018 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represented South Carolina State University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 17th-year head coach Oliver Pough and played their home games at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. They were a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC). They finished the season 5–6, 4–3 in MEAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place.

Previous season

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 3–7, 2–6 in MEAC play to finish in a three-way tie for eighth place.

Preseason

MEAC preseason poll

In a vote of the MEAC head coaches and sports information directors, the Bulldogs were picked to finish in seventh place.[1]

Predicted finish Team
1 North Carolina A&T
2 Howard
3 North Carolina Central
4 Bethune–Cookman
5 Florida A&M
6 Norfolk State
7 South Carolina State
8 Savannah State
9 Morgan State
10 Delaware State

Preseason All-MEAC Teams

The Tigers had four players selected to the preseason all-MEAC teams.[2]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 16:00 p.m.at Georgia Southern*ESPN+L 6–3715,260
September 86:00 p.m.at No. 19 (FBS) UCF*ESPN3L 0–3843,269
September 226:00 p.m.Norfolk State*ESPN3L 7–177,820
September 277:00 p.m.at No. 12 North Carolina A&TESPNUL 16–3111,530
October 61:00 p.m.at Morgan StateESPN3W 21–188,103
October 132:00 p.m.Bethune–Cookman
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
L 26–2812,213
October 201:30 p.m.Delaware Statedagger
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 30–1914,477
October 271:00 p.m.at HowardW 27–217,501
November 104:00 p.m.at Florida A&M*W 44–2112,608
November 171:30 p.m.Savannah State
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
W 21–177,365
November 24[a]12:30 p.m.North Carolina Central
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
L 17–213,996
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

Despite also being members of the MEAC, games against Florida A&M and Norfolk State will be considered non-conference games and will not have an effect on the MEAC standings.[3]

  1. ^ This game was originally scheduled for September 15, but was moved in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

Game summaries

at Georgia Southern

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 6 0 6
Eagles 13 3 7 14 37

See also: 2018 Georgia Southern Eagles football team

at UCF

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 0 0
Knights 14 10 14 0 38

See also: 2018 UCF Knights football team

Norfolk State

1 2 3 4 Total
Spartans 7 7 0 3 17
Bulldogs 0 0 7 0 7

See also: 2018 Norfolk State Spartans football team

at North Carolina A&T

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 9 0 0 16
No. 12 Aggies 3 7 7 14 31

See also: 2018 North Carolina A&T Aggies football team and North Carolina A&T–South Carolina State football rivalry

at Morgan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 0 7 21
Bears 11 0 0 7 18

See also: 2018 Morgan State Bears football team

Bethune–Cookman

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 10 15 0 3 28
Bulldogs 0 13 7 6 26

See also: 2018 Bethune–Cookman Wildcats football team

Delaware State

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 0 7 12 19
Bulldogs 0 7 13 10 30

See also: 2018 Delaware State Hornets football team

at Howard

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 13 0 7 27
Bison 0 7 0 14 21

See also: 2018 Howard Bison football team

at Florida A&M

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 10 14 6 14 44
Rattlers 0 14 7 0 21

See also: 2018 Florida A&M Rattlers football team

Savannah State

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 3 14 0 0 17
Bulldogs 0 7 7 7 21

See also: 2018 Savannah State Tigers football team

North Carolina Central

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 7 14 21
Bulldogs 0 10 0 7 17

See also: 2018 North Carolina Central Eagles football team

References

  1. ^ "North Carolina A&T State Picked To Win 2018 MEAC Championship". Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. July 27, 2018.
  2. ^ "NCAT's Raynard, NCCU's Reynolds Headline 2018 All-MEAC Preseason Football Team". Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. July 25, 2018.
  3. ^ "SC State Releases 2018 Football Schedule". www.scsuathletics.com. South Carolina State University Athletics. March 3, 2018.