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Countdown to football: Southern Conference race is deep once again

Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb’s Bears finished 6-5 in 2016.
Mercer head coach Bobby Lamb’s Bears finished 6-5 in 2016. woody@woodymarshall.com

Yes, it’s still July, and we’re more than a month away from the start of the 2017 football season. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get ready for the upcoming season. To do that, we’ll have a series throughout the summer counting down to the season.

The series continues with a power poll for the Southern Conference.

The Citadel

2016 record: 10-2.

Season opener: vs. Newberry, Sept. 2.

Chattanooga

2016 record: 9-4.

Season opener: vs. Jacksonville State in Montgomery, Alabama, Aug. 26.

Samford

2016 record: 7-5.

Season opener: vs. Kennesaw State, Aug. 31.

Mercer

2016 record: 6-5.

Season opener: vs. Jacksonville, Aug. 31.

Wofford

2016 record: 10-4.

Season opener: vs. Furman, Sept. 2.

Furman

2016 record: 3-8

Season opener: at Wofford, Sept. 2.

East Tennessee State

2016 record: 5-6.

Season opener: vs. Limestone, Sept. 2.

Western Carolina

2016 record: 2-9.

Season opener: at Hawaii, Sept. 2.

VMI

2016 record: 3-8.

Season opener: at Air Force, Sept. 2.

Previous stories in this series:

Sun Belt power poll.

GHSA Region 1-6A power poll.

GHSA Region 1-5A power poll.

GHSA Region 4-5A power poll.

GHSA Region 4-3A power poll.

GHSA Region 3-2A power poll.

GHSA Region 4B-1A power poll.

GHSA Region 7A-1A power poll.

SEC team-by-team schedules.

SEC weekly schedule.

Team-by-team schedules for ACC’s teams.

Weekly schedules for ACC’s teams.

Team-by-team schedules for Georgia’s Division I and Division II teams.

Weekly schedules for Georgia’s Division I and Division II teams.

Middle Georgia team-by-team GHSA schedules.

Middle Georgia weekly GHSA schedule.

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