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Wofford, The Citadel meet in pivotal early season game

<p>The implications for the Wofford at The Citadel matchup on Saturday are astounding, considering it is, indeed, just the second week of the college football season.</p>

Charleston, SC (Sports Network) - The implications for the Wofford at The Citadel matchup on Saturday are astounding, considering it is, indeed, just the second week of the college football season.

But these two Southern Conference teams have their best shot at winning the conference outright in 2013 with FBS-bound programs Georgia Southern and Appalachian State ineligible for the title. Of the four likely candidates to win the SoCon crown, two of them are featured in this game.

This early season meeting of two teams that run triple option offenses could give the winner a leg up the rest of the way.

In their meeting last Oct. 27, a defensive stand allowed Wofford to hang on for a 24-21 victory. The Bulldogs overcame a 17-point halftime deficit to cut the lead to three, but couldn't fully rally past then-No. 7 Wofford.

The Citadel holds a 40-24-1 lead in a series that dates back to 1916, although Wofford has won the past 14 meetings. At Johnson Hagood Stadium, however, the Bulldogs hold an 18-10 advantage.

The Terriers have won nine conference openers since joining the SoCon 16 seasons ago, and have won their last three against Furman, Samford and Western Carolina, respectively.

The last time these two programs met in September was back in 1998, which was also the last victory in the series for The Citadel.

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