2017 The Citadel Bulldogs football team

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2017 The Citadel Bulldogs football
The Citadel Athletics script.svg
Conference Southern Conference
2017 record 5–6 (3–5 SoCon)
Head coach Brent Thompson (2nd season)
Offensive coordinator Lou Conte
Offensive scheme Triple Option
Defensive coordinator Blake Harrell
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Johnson Hagood Stadium
(Capacity: 21,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 6 Wofford $^   7 1         10 3  
No. 18 Samford ^   6 2         8 4  
No. 19 Furman ^   6 2         8 5  
Western Carolina   5 3         7 5  
Mercer   4 4         5 6  
The Citadel   3 5         5 6  
Chattanooga   3 5         3 8  
East Tennessee State   2 6         4 7  
VMI   0 8         0 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2017 The Citadel Bulldogs football team represented The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina in the 2017 NCAA Division I FCS football season. The Bulldogs were led by second-year head coach Brent Thompson and played their home games at Johnson Hagood Stadium, they were members of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 5–6, 3–5 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for sixth place.

Schedule[edit]

The Bulldogs planned to host Mercer for their traditional Parents' Day game on October 7, and will face VMI for Homecoming.[1][2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 6:00 p.m. Newberry* No. 16 Johnson Hagood StadiumCharleston, SC 7C
ESPN3
W 31–14   7,467
September 9[3] Noon at Presbyterian* No. 14 Bailey Memorial StadiumClinton, SC BSN W 48–7   2,586
September 16 1:00 p.m. at East Tennessee State No. 13 William B. Greene Jr. StadiumJohnson City, TN ESPN3 W 31–25   7,544
September 30 3:00 p.m. at No. 25 Samford No. 8 Seibert StadiumHomewood, AL ESPN3 L 14–35   9,233
October 7 2:00 p.m. Mercer No. 17 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 L 14–24   9,969
October 14 6:00 p.m. No. 5 Wofford No. 23 Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 L 16–20   8,543
October 21 2:00 p.m. at Chattanooga Finley StadiumChattanooga, TN ESPN3 W 20–14   7,521
October 28 2:00 p.m. VMIdagger Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC (Military Classic of the South) 7C
ESPN3
W 21–3   11,609
November 4 2:00 p.m. No. 24 Western Carolina Johnson Hagood Stadium • Charleston, SC ESPN3 L 19–31   7,384
November 11 2:00 p.m. at No. 21 Furman Paladin StadiumGreenville, SC (Rivalry) 7C L 20–56   10,105
November 18 12:20 p.m. at No. 4 (FBS) Clemson* Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ACCN L 3–61   80,618
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from STATS FCS released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Newberry[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Wolves 0 7 0 7 14
No. 16 Bulldogs 7 7 7 10 31
  • Date: September 2, 2017
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 7,467
  • Game weather: 85°F • N 10 • Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (7C/ESPN3): Kendall Lewis, James Riley, Eric Summers
Overall record Last meeting Result
32–4–4 1997 W 33–13

at Presbyterian[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 14 Bulldogs 14 21 6 7 48
Blue Hose 7 0 0 0 7
  • Date: September 9, 2017[3]
  • Location: Bailey Memorial Stadium, Clinton, SC
  • Game start: Noon EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:26
  • Game attendance: 2,586
  • Game weather: 73°F • NNE 12 • Sunny
  • Referee: Greg Waybright
  • TV announcers (BSN/ESPN3): Kendall Lewis, James Riley, Eric Summers
Overall record Last meeting Result
50–11–1 2010 W 26–14

East Tennessee State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Bulldogs 7 0 7 17 31
Buccaneers 7 7 3 8 25
  • Date: September 16, 2017
  • Location: William B. Greene Jr. Stadium, Johnson City, TN
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 7,544
  • Game weather: 80°F • NE 6 • Mostly Sunny
  • Referee: Larry Adcock
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): David Jackson, Mark Hutsell, Kasey Marler
Overall record Last meeting Result
10–15 2016 W 45–10

Samford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 8 Bulldogs (CIT) 0 7 7 0 14
No. 25 Bulldogs (SAM) 28 7 0 0 35
  • Date: September 30, 2017
  • Location: Seibert Stadium, Homewood, AL
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 9,233
  • Game weather: 79°F • NE 6 • Clear and sunny
  • Referee: Jerry Welmaker
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Curt Bloom, Chad Pilcher, Hattie Breece
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–4 2016 W 37–34 OT

Mercer[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bears 7 7 7 3 24
No. 17 Bulldogs 0 0 0 14 14
  • Date: October 7, 2017
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 9,969
  • Game weather: 85°F • Calm • Partly cloudy
  • Referee: Edwin Lee
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, James Riley
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–4–1 2016 W 24–23

Wofford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Terriers 0 7 7 6 20
No. 23 Bulldogs 7 7 2 0 16
  • Date: October 14, 2017
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 6:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:03
  • Game attendance: 8,549
  • Game weather: Low 80s • Calm • Mostly clear
  • Referee: Thomas Graham
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Kevin Fitzgerald, James Riley
Overall record Last meeting Result
42–27–1 2016 FCS Playoffs L 3–17

Chattanooga[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 7 6 7 20
Mocs 7 7 0 0 14
  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Location: Finley Stadium, Chattanooga, TN
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 7,521
  • Game weather: 74°F • SE 3 • Partly cloudy
  • Referee: B. Johnson
  • TV announcers (ESPN3): Chris Goforth, B.J. Coleman
Overall record Last meeting Result
18–29–2 2016 W 22–14

VMI[edit]

Homecoming
1 2 3 4 Total
Keydets 3 0 0 0 3
Bulldogs 14 0 0 7 21
  • Date: October 28, 2017
  • Location: Johnson Hagood Stadium, Charleston, SC
  • Game start: 2:00 p.m. EST
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 11,609
  • Game weather: High 70's • Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Edwin Lee
  • TV announcers (7C/ESPN3): Kendall Lewis, James Riley
Overall record Last meeting Result
40–30–2 2016 W 30–20

Western Carolina[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NO. 24 Catamounts 7 10 7 7 31
Bulldogs 0 10 9 0 19
Overall record Last meeting Result
24–16–1 2016 W 37–14

Furman[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 14 6 20
No. 21 Paladins 14 21 14 7 56
Overall record Last meeting Result
35–58–3 2016 W 19–14

Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 0 3 3
No. 4 (FBS) Tigers 21 17 20 3 61
Overall record Last meeting Result
5–31–1 2013 L 6–52

Ranking movements[edit]

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 16 14 13 10 8 17 23 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR 
Coaches 12 13 13 10 11 17 22 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Five In-State Games Highlight 2017 Schedule". The Citadel Bulldogs. September 12, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ "2017 Football Schedule". The Citadel Bulldogs. December 21, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "CITADEL-PC FOOTBALL GAME MOVED TO CLINTON, SC; KICKOFF AT NOON ON SAT". The Citadel Bulldogs. September 6, 2017. Retrieved September 7, 2017.