Among the top players in the MEAC are, from left, Andrew Carter (South Carolina State),
Adrian Wilkins (North Carolina Central) and Greg McGhee (Howard).
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
You look up in the standings, there are teams - plenty of them.
You look down in the standings, there are teams - yes, plenty of them.
Over half of the FCS conferences have at least 10 teams - seven of the 13 - so navigating the schedule is an arduous process that demands talent, execution and luck for the championship team.
Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State have mixed a little more of that in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in recent seasons as at least one of them has won the title in five of the last six seasons, including tying for the championship a year ago. But most of the other teams have been hot on their heels at some point in a conference with little margin for error.
2014 Southern Conference Preview
By Craig Haley, FCS Exec. Director
Bethlehem, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
George Orwell might have paid close attention to Southern Conference football last season.
With Appalachian State and Georgia Southern getting set to take their oppressive rule out the door, Chattanooga earned its first share of the conference title since 1984.
This year, with both powers up to the FBS level, the same Mocs team hopes to land an FCS playoff bid for the first team since 1984. The Mocs enter the season as the SoCon's preseason favorite.