ABOUT THE GAME
The Wildcats have the opportunity to secure at least a share of the MEAC title with a win in Savannah. A victory would also lock the Wildcats in for ownership of the MEAC's automatic Playoff berth. If Bethune-Cookman can bring home the "W", it will set up the second MEAC Championship and Playoff appearance since Head Coach Brian Jenkins arrival in 2010.
The Wildcats have a firm grip on control of the series vs. SSU, holding a 38-8-2 lead over the Tigers. The Wildcats have claimed victory in the last 12 consecutive trips to Savannah with a 7-2-2 record playing in Savannah, however, the last loss to SSU in Georgia was in 1933.
At Ted A. Wright Stadium, the Wildcats will not be holding a traditional Legacy Walk this week.
WILL THE BAND BE THERE?
Gearing up for their no-doubt blockbuster performance at next week's Florida Blue Florida Classic, the band will not be joining the Wildcats in Savannah.
DURING THE GAME
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SAVANNAH STATE LIVE STREAM
The Tigers will provide a $6 live web stream through the link listed above.
GAME DAY HASHTAGS
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ABOUT THE TIGERS
The Tigers may look like they’ve been whipped this year, facing a 1-8 record, but take a look at the numbers on offense; they put up big numbers in the pass-happy Tiger offense, with Antonio Bostick throwing for 1,405 yards, fifth best in the MEAC. SSU has some strengths and last week showed B-CU that anything can happen on the road.
Bostick's top targets this season has been Simon Heyward, who's collected 645 yards and six touchdowns on 35 catches. Dylan Cook and Chris Drummond have also logged notable receptions and yards, at 26 for 320 and 19 for 309, respectively.
The aerial attack is the backbone of the SSU offense, as they haven't had a lott of success on the ground, with a rushing attack led by quarterback Bostick with 314 yards and five touchdowns on 119 carries.
The defensive side of the ball is another story for the Tigers, who rank above 100th in the FCS in four of five defensive categories. SSU is tough on the pass, ranking 23rd with 177.78 YPG, but are 118th (11th MEAC) in rushing defense at 291.33 YPG.
With their gritty win over Morgan State, Bethune-Cookman remains the only unbeaten team in the conferfence, with a great deal of that credit going to the opportunistic defense, which maintains No. 1 status in the FCS in turnover margin at +1.89 per game.
This is the 49th time these two teams will meet on the gridiron, as one of B-CU's oldest series, beginning in B-CU's first season, 1925.
Isidore Jackson leads the Wildcats in rushing with 818 yards and eight touchdowns, on the verge of becoming the first 1,000 yard rusher for B-CU since Allen Suber (1,035) in 2002; Jackson is third in the MEAC. The Wildcats lead the league in rushing and rank 11th nationally (237.78 yards Avg./g). The running game has a significant opportunity in facing the Tigers, who rank last in the MEAC in rush defense
THE MEAC RACE THIS WEEK
Coupled with the opportunity for B-CU to secure a share of the title and a Playoff bid, other games in the conference will determine if they are alone. Delaware State, North Carolina Central and Howard are not mathematically eliminated from claiming a share of the crown. A B-CU win would narrow that field to one, and a Florida A&M Homecoming victory over North Carolina Central in Tallahassee would give B-CU the outright title.
SEVEN THINGS TO LOOK FOR ON GAME DAY
Bethune-Cookman’s current win streak over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponents sits at 11 games.
2. B-CU has now scored in 20 consecutive quarters and holds top MEAC total offense (375.89 YPG), No.2 scoring offense (29.89 PPG).
3. The Wildcats have scored 38 or more points four times this season, winning its last four games by a combined score of 180-71. Savannah State has surrendered at least that same mark in six games this season.
4. During the Jenkins era, the Wildcats have scored at least ten points in 31 of their 32 games.
5. B-CU is now in its first 7-2 start since Jenkins took the helm, and its third since 1992. A win takes B-CU to an 8-2 start for the first in the Jenkins era and fourth since 1992, with the last coming in 2008, an 8-3
6. Eddie Poole’s impressive reception streak continues, now having caught a pass in all 32 games of his Bethune-Cookman career.
7. If the Wildcats claim victory, they will gain at least a share of the MEAC title, how much a share depends on the outcome of action around the conference. That mark would give the Wildcats their 10th conference title (5th MEAC). It would also send the program to the FCS/I-AA Playoffs for the fourth time in program history.