2018 the Citadel Bulldogs Football Team
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2018 the Citadel Bulldogs Football Team
2018 The Citadel Bulldogs football
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ConferenceSouthern Conference
2018 record5-6 (4-4 SoCon)
Head coachBrent Thompson (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorLou Conte (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBlake Harrell (5th season)
Home stadiumJohnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 11,322)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
+^   6 2         9 4  
+^   6 2         8 4  
Furman +   6 2         6 4  
Samford   5 3         6 5  
Chattanooga   4 4         6 5  
The Citadel   4 4         5 6  
Mercer   4 4         5 6  
Western Carolina   1 7         3 8  
VMI   0 8         1 10  
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2018 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by third-year head coach Brent Thompson and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium. They were members of the Southern Conference (SoCon). They finished the season 5-6, 4-4 in SoCon play to finish in a three-way tie for fifth place.

Previous season

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 5-6, 3-5 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

Preseason

Preseason media poll

The SoCon released their preseason media poll on July 25, 2018, with the Bulldogs predicted to finish in seventh place.[1] The same day the coaches released their preseason poll with the Bulldogs also predicted to finish in seventh place.[2]

Media poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Samford 204 (20)
2 Furman 174 (2)
3 Wofford 163 (1)
4 Mercer 133
5 Western Carolina 114
6 Chattanooga 88
7 The Citadel 83
8 East Tennessee State 53
9 VMI 23
Coaches poll
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Samford 63 (7)
2 Wofford 53 (1)
3 Furman 52 (1)
4 Western Carolina 39
5 Chattanooga 34
6 Mercer 32
7 The Citadel 28
8 East Tennessee State 15
9 VMI 8

Preseason All-SoCon Teams

The Bulldogs placed five players on the preseason all-SoCon teams.

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1 6:00 p.m. at No. 10 Wofford ESPN+ L 21-28 8,930
September 8 6:00 p.m. Chattanooga ESPN+ L 28-29 OT 8,076
September 22 4:00 p.m. at Mercer ESPN+ W 38-31 11,772
September 29 4:00 p.m. at No. 25 Towson* CAA.tv L 27-44 7,323
October 13 2:00 p.m. No. 23 East Tennessee State
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
ESPN3 L 23-26 11,043
October 20 1:30 p.m. at VMI ESPN3 W 34-32 7,002
October 27 2:00 p.m. Furman
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC (rivalry)
ESPN+ L 17-28 8,574
November 3 3:30 p.m. at Western Carolina ESPN+ W 38-24 10,499
November 10 2:00 p.m. Samforddagger
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
ESPN+ W 42-27 11,145
November 17 12:00 p.m. at No. 1 Alabama* SECN L 17-50 101,681
November 29[a] 7:00 p.m. Charleston Southern*
  • Johnson Hagood Stadium
  • Charleston, SC
ESPN+ W 43-14 7,877
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
  1. ^ This game was originally scheduled for September 15, but it was rescheduled in anticipation of Hurricane Florence.

Game summaries

at Wofford

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 7 14 0 21
No. 10 Terriers 14 7 0 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
42-28-1 2017 L, 16-20

Chattanooga

1 2 3 4OT Total
Mocs 14 7 0 08 29
Bulldogs 0 14 7 07 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
18-30-2 2017 L, 14-20

at Mercer

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 3 21 38
Bears 7 10 7 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
9-5-1 2017 L, 14-24

at Towson

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 7 14 3 27
No. 25 Tigers 7 17 17 3 44
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

East Tennessee State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 23 Buccaneers 3 6 7 10 26
Bulldogs 6 3 0 14 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
11-15 2017 W, 31-25

at VMI

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 7 14 6 34
Keydets 7 7 6 12 32
Overall record Last meeting Result
41-30-2 2017 W, 21-3

Furman

1 2 3 4 Total
Paladins 7 7 0 14 28
Bulldogs 3 7 7 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
35-59-3 2017 L, 20-56

at Western Carolina

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 3 14 14 38
Catamounts 10 14 0 0 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
24-17-1 2017 L, 19-31

Samford

1 2 3 4 Total
SAM Bulldogs 14 10 3 0 27
CIT Bulldogs 0 7 14 21 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
6-5 2017 L, 14-35

at Alabama

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 10 0 7 17
Crimson Tide 7 3 27 13 50
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

Charleston Southern

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 14 0 0 14
Bulldogs 14 23 3 3 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
5-5 2015 FCS Playoffs L, 6-14

References

  1. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211735859&DB_OEM_ID=4000
  2. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211735863&DB_OEM_ID=4000
  3. ^ "2018 Football Schedule". citadelsports.com. The Citadel. Retrieved 2018.

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