2019 NCAA Division I College Football Team Previews: South Carolina State Bulldogs

South Carolina State Bulldogs
Location: Orangeburg, South Carolina
Coach: Oliver “Buddy” Pough (125-71), 18th Season at South Carolina State
Stadium: Oliver C. Dawson Stadium (Capacity: 22,000)

CSJ Projections:
6th: MEAC
12th: HBCU
8th: South Carolina
91st: FCS
221st: Division I

2018 In A Sentence: A tough 1-4 start for “Buddy” Pough‘s Bulldogs gave way to a great 4-1 stretch with a home win over Howard and a big road win vs. Florida A&M.  A heartbreaking 21-16 loss to North Carolina Central caused SCSU to finish under .500.

Biggest Shoes to Fill: DE Damu Ford was one of the few seniors that are graduating from this Bulldog team.  He had 16 tackles for loss and 3 1/2 sacks, and the Bulldogs will miss his disruption of opposing offenses.

Key Player: It’s no coincidence that SCSU’s fortunes improved parallel to the development of QB Tyrece Nick.  The Johnston, South Carolina native scored 2 TDs in the Bulldog’s first four games, and 15 TDs in their next seven.  The redshirt junior should only get better this season – definitely one to watch in the MEAC.

Fearless Prediction: The young Bulldogs are an interesting MEAC wild-card this season.  They seem to have a good chance to improve over their 5-6 record from last season.  But can they leapfrog the bigger dogs in the conference to make a run at the Celebration Bowl?

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