Furman vs. Wofford
The Game: Furman vs. Wofford
Last Week, The Week Before That, and the Week Before That: We won twice! And had an open date. Three weeks ago, the Fighting Football Paladins notched their first victory of the season with a 52-7 blowout at ETSU. Then last week, Furman doubled their win total with a 24-10 win at VMI. The Paladins racked up over 500 yards total offense in both games.
Are We Any Good? We are better than I thought we were the last time I wrote this. I was really concerned after the lackluster showing against Samford that the team might have a hard time getting off the mat the rest of the season, but they have proved me wrong. Will the momentum continue in this week's Homecoming showdown against a Wofford team coming off a solid victory last week? That's why the game is played.
Opposing Team's Mascot: The Terriers. First, credit to Furman's oldest rival (more on that in a second) for at least having an original canine mascot. The nickname apparently was inspired by a Pit Bull Terrier adopted by the 1909 baseball team. I also didn't know this, but WoCo has gone the Uga route with their live terrier mascot. Each iteration is Blitz and has a corresponding Roman numeral plus its name. The current canine is Blitz III "Magnolia."
Suggested Hashtag: #BeatWofford
(Original? No, but this is our oldest rival and thus we will be to the point.)
Corresponding Emoji to Suggested Hashtag: n/a
-This is the 90th meeting between Furman and Wofford. The two teams played the first college football game ever in the state of South Carolina (that's right Tigers and Gamecocks, we got here first) back in 1889. The Paladins lead the series 53-29-7. The Terriers won in Spartanburg last year 38-28.
-What else happened in 1889? North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington all became states. Benjamin Harrison took the Presidential oath of office in March. The Eiffel Tower opened. Charlie Chaplin was born. Vincent van Gogh painted The Starry Night. The first issue of The Wall Street Journal was published. Nintendo was founded as a playing card company. 1889 is a pretty impressive year.
Anything else? Go Paladins!