It was easy for East Tennessee State football coach Randy Sanders to see where his Bucs came up short in Saturday night’s 31-24 loss to VMI.
In the final analysis, this was a game East Tennessee State should have won. And the end result could follow the Bucs for the rest of their Southern Conference season.
East Tennessee State hopes to set the tone for its Southern Conference football schedule when Virginia Military Institute visits Greene Stadium on Saturday.
Virginia Tech welcomes FCS Furman and its “option and everything else” offense to Lane Stadium on Saturday.
VMI visits ETSU in both teams’ Southern Conference opener Saturday, and Bucs coach Randy Sanders is expecting to face a much improved Keydets team.
Wofford, Furman and East Tennessee State tied for the 2018 Southern Conference football championship. Those teams are ranked 1-2-3 heading into the 2019 season according to coaches’ and media polls.
Nasir Player considers himself new and improved, and that could mean trouble for East Tennessee State’s opponents when football season begins.
“We can go toe to toe with anybody and I’m excited about this season and the teams we have with all the depth. There are a lot of good teams in our league this year.”
After winning a share of the Southern Conference football championship last year, East Tennessee State has managed to keep people’s attention heading into the new season.
If the Bucs manage to beat Samford on Saturday, they would clinch the outright Southern Conference championship for the first time ever and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
No. 25 East Tennessee State hosts Western Carolina on Saturday in the newly dubbed “Blue Ridge Border Battle,” which kicks off at 3:30 p.m. at Greene Stadium.
Western Carolina is heading to Greene Stadium for a Southern Conference game Saturday and the Catamounts will be bringing Tyree Adams, one of the most productive players in school history.
Wofford looked like the class of the league until losing 34-14 to Furman last weekend. While that defeat slowed the Terriers’ momentum, they’re still ranked 12th in the country.
The Bucs play host to Furman in a Southern Conference football game. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Greene Stadium.
East Tennessee State won a Southern Conference football game on the road for the first time since 2002, beating Virginia Military Institute 27-24 in a turnover-fest Friday at Foster Stadium.