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2018 Samford Bulldogs football team

The 2018 Samford Bulldogs football team represented Samford University in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by fourth-year head coach Chris Hatcher and played their home games at Seibert Stadium. They were a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). They finished the season 6–5, 5–3 in SoCon play to finish in fourth place.

2018 Samford Bulldogs football
Samford Bulldogs wordmark.svg
ConferenceSouthern Conference
2018 record6–5 (5–3 SoCon)
Head coachChris Hatcher (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorRuss Callaway (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorBill D'Ottavio (12th season)
Home stadiumSeibert Stadium
(Capacity: 6,700)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 13 Wofford +^   6 2         9 4  
No. 22 East Tennessee State +^   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

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs finished the 2017 season 8–4, 6–2 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for second place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they lost to Kennesaw State in the first round..

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Award Player Position Year
Walter Payton Award[1] Devlin Hodges QB SR
Buck Buchanan Award[2] Ahmad Gooden DE SR

Preseason media pollEdit

The SoCon released their preseason media poll on July 25, 2018, with the Bulldogs predicted to finish as SoCon champions.[3] The same day the coaches released their preseason poll with the Bulldogs also predicted to finish as SoCon champions.[4]

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 TeamsEdit

The Bulldogs placed seven players on the all-SoCon teams.[5] Quarterback Devlin Hodges was selected as preseason offensive player of the year and Defensive lineman Ahmad Gooden was selected as preseason defensive player of the year.

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 306:30 p.m.Shorter*No. 11ESPN+W 66–95,252
September 86:20 p.m.at Florida State*No. 9ACCNL 26–3672,239
September 152:00 p.m.MercerNo. 9
  • Seibert Stadium
  • Homewood, AL
ESPN+L 24–308,717
September 226:00 p.m.at ChattanoogaNo. 17ESPN+L 20–2710,469
September 295:00 p.m.at No. 4 Kennesaw State*ESPN3L 10–244,396
October 612:30 p.m.Western Carolina
  • Seibert Stadium
  • Homewood, AL
ESPN3W 66–283,178
October 132:00 p.m.VMI
  • Seibert Stadium
  • Homewood, AL
ESPN+W 73–224,163
October 201:00 p.m.at FurmanESPN+W 38–256,016
November 32:00 p.m.No. 9 Wofford 
  • Seibert Stadium
  • Homewood, AL
ESPN+W 35–205,821
November 101:00 p.m.at The CitadelESPN+L 27–4211,145
November 1712:00 p.m.at No. 19 East Tennessee StateESPN3W 38–278,749
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

ShorterEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Hawks 0 0 2 7 9
No. 11 Bulldogs 17 28 7 14 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at Florida StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Bulldogs 16 7 0 3 26
Seminoles 7 14 0 15 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–2 2010 FSU, 59–6

MercerEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 10 0 13 30
No. 9 Bulldogs 7 0 7 10 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–10–1 2017 SAM, 20–3

at ChattanoogaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 17 Bulldogs 0 10 3 7 20
Mocs 10 7 7 3 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–30–3 2017 CHAT, 23–21

at Kennesaw StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 3 0 0 7 10
No. 4 Owls 7 7 7 3 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2017 Playoffs KSU, 28–17

Western CarolinaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Catamounts 0 21 0 7 28
Bulldogs 35 7 14 10 66
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–3 2017 WCU, 38–34

VMIEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Keydets 9 13 0 0 22
Bulldogs 14 28 24 7 73
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–0 2017 SAM, 26–7

at FurmanEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 10 0 21 7 38
Paladins 3 9 7 6 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–10 2017 SAM, 26–20

WoffordEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 9 Terriers 7 10 3 0 20
Bulldogs 14 7 0 14 35
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–5 2017 SAM, 24–21

at The CitadelEdit

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

at East Tennessee StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 7 10 7 14 38
No. 19 Buccaneers 10 14 3 0 27
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–1 2017 SAM, 42–7

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Final 
STATS FCS 11 9 9 17 RV NR NR NR RV RV RV NR RV  
Coaches 10 9 9 17 RV NR NR NR NR NR RV NR NR

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Walter Payton Award watch list". August 1, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  2. ^ "FCS football: 2018 Buck Buchanan Award watch list announced". August 2, 2018. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211735859&DB_OEM_ID=4000
  4. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211735863&DB_OEM_ID=4000
  5. ^ http://www.soconsports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=21895&SPID=1781&DB_LANG=C&ATCLID=211735863&DB_OEM_ID=4000