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2019 South Carolina State Bulldogs football
South Carolina State University Wordmark.jpeg
MEAC co-champion
ConferenceMid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Record8–3 (6–2 MEAC)
Head coach
Home stadiumOliver C. Dawson Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
No. 24 Florida A&M *   7 1     9 2  
No. 20 North Carolina A&T +   6 2     9 3  
South Carolina State +   6 2     8 3  
Bethune–Cookman   5 3     7 4  
Norfolk State   4 4     5 7  
North Carolina Central   3 5     4 8  
Howard   2 6     2 10  
Morgan State   2 6     3 9  
Delaware State   1 7     2 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * Florida A&M ineligible for conference title due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from STATS Poll

The 2019 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team represented South Carolina State University in the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 18th-year head coach Oliver Pough who became the program’s all-time winningest coach during the season, surpassing former Head Coach Willie Jeffries.[1] The Bulldogs played their home games at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. They are a member of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).

S.C. State was awarded the MEAC Co-Championship together with the North Carolina A&T Aggies.[2]

Both teams finished with 8–3 overall records and 6-2 within the MEAC, however due to Florida A&M being ineligible for postseason play, and by virtue of North Carolina A&T’s victory over South Carolina State, the Aggies received the MEAC’s bid to the Celebration Bowl. As a “bubble team” in consideration for the 2019 FCS Playoffs S.C. State was not chosen, thus ending their season.[3]

Previous season

Main article: 2018 South Carolina State Bulldogs football team

The Bulldogs finished the 2018 season 5–6, 4–3 in MEAC play to finish in a tie for fourth place.

Preseason

MEAC poll

In the MEAC preseason poll released on July 26, 2019, the Bulldogs were predicted to finish in sixth place.[4]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 North Carolina A&T 304 (12)
2 Bethune–Cookman 237 (1)
3 Florida A&M 204 (2)
4 Howard 166
5 North Carolina Central 161 (1)
6 South Carolina State 152
7 Norfolk State 119 (1)
8 Morgan State 87 (1)
9 Delaware State 46

Preseason All–MEAC teams

The Bulldogs had two players selected to the preseason all-MEAC teams.[5]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 31 6:00 p.m. No. 9 Wofford* ESPN3 W 28–13 8,187
September 7 4:00 p.m. Lane*
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
MEAC All Access W 34–0 6,237
September 14 6:00 p.m. at South Florida* ESPN3 L 16–55 31,368
October 5 7:00 p.m. at Delaware State ESPN3 W 38–24 985
October 12 2:00 p.m. Florida A&M
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
ESPN3 L 38–42 15,792
October 19 1:30 p.m. Morgan Statedagger
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
ESPN3 W 24–10 12,121
October 26 4:00 p.m. at Bethune–Cookman ESPN3 W 27–19 12,204
November 2 1:30 p.m. No. 16 North Carolina A&T
  • Oliver C. Dawson Stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC (rivalry)
ESPN3 L 20–22 11,183
November 9 1:30 p.m. Howard
  • Oliver C. Dawson stadium
  • Orangeburg, SC
ESPN3 W 62–21 8,515 [6]
November 16 2:00 p.m. at North Carolina Central ESPN3 W 24–0 3,043 [7]
November 23 1:00 p.m. at Norfolk State ESPN3 W 20–17 OT 1,453 [8]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[9][10]

Game summaries

No. 9 Wofford

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Terriers 3 0 3 7 13
Bulldogs 7 7 7 7 28

See also: 2019 Wofford Terriers football team

Lane

1 2 3 4 Total
Dragons 0 0 0 0 0
Bulldogs 14 10 3 7 34

See also: Lane Dragons football

at South Florida

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 0 6 7 16
Bulls 7 17 17 14 55

See also: 2019 South Florida Bulls football team

at Delaware State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 10 7 14 7 38
Hornets 0 3 7 14 24

See also: 2019 Delaware State Hornets football team

Florida A&M

1 2 3 4 Total
Rattlers 7 7 14 14 42
Bulldogs 0 14 3 21 38

See also: 2019 Florida A&M Rattlers football team

Morgan State

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 3 0 0 7 10
Bulldogs 0 10 7 7 24

See also: 2019 Morgan State Bears football team

at Bethune–Cookman

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 20 0 0 27
Wildcats 0 13 6 0 19

See also: 2019 Bethune–Cookman Wildcats football team

North Carolina A&T

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Aggies 0 16 6 0 22
Bulldogs 3 7 0 10 20

See also: 2019 North Carolina A&T Aggies football team

Howard

1 2 3 4 Total
Bison 0 7 7 7 21
Bulldogs 20 14 21 7 62

See also: 2019 Howard Bison football team

at North Carolina Central

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 10 0 24
Eagles 0 0 0 0 0

See also: 2019 North Carolina Central Eagles football team

at Norfolk State

1 2 3 4OT Total
Bulldogs 7 0 7 33 20
Spartans 0 3 7 70 17

See also: 2019 Norfolk State Spartans football team

References

  1. ^ "Buddy and his Bulldogs: S.C. State celebrates coaching milestone".
  2. ^ "S.C. STATE FOOTBALL: Bulldogs win in OT, claim share of title".
  3. ^ "Furman is in, S.C. State is out and Wofford is at home in FCS playoffs".
  4. ^ "MEAC Announces 2019 Football Predicted Order of Finish". meacsports.com. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "MEAC Announces 2019 Preseason Football All-MEAC Awards". meacsports.com. Retrieved August 7, 2019.
  6. ^ https://meacsports.com/boxscore.aspx?id=7Gx48kkB20iPlOppZhxXHy%2f5Zy4VtNXkGzuHdKHXRgm%2bRUI8wAQbMRDksw4hjZQAfrW2Eyv4Cq9uiXCV8c7awt3Y4M6bQgjUAkgcjYFsXSHdAKQzyR0W%2fzBrlKJqYfU4MUYqDAvKlM8cmUe2Cpl4Ag%3d%3d&path=football
  7. ^ https://meacsports.com/boxscore.aspx?id=7Gx48kkB20iPlOppZhxXHy%2f5Zy4VtNXkGzuHdKHXRgnBVjBKxcgjlZqY6UsrREKam8U%2fmewzE6xT9GuY2D1HcQ19WOjNWx7mvMPiRPIcRu8gFp3mrvmveRWe8FxjiELTOcP5vG2wemMdrAPk8ndgXQ%3d%3d&path=football
  8. ^ https://meacsports.com/boxscore.aspx?id=7Gx48kkB20iPlOppZhxXHy%2f5Zy4VtNXkGzuHdKHXRgkKkFt2Qzebi2MWZxopvHmRl02%2fe1mihGGdrOzVSf67B2ucNmdP359YqBRllRivtQ6wPBzUlyyo151Jk28WQ420Zq7fgfKLfRM5Y45ZjyZYBQ%3d%3d&path=football
  9. ^ "2019 Football Schedule". South Carolina State University Athletics. Retrieved July 27, 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 SC State Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved July 27, 2019.