The Citadel has earned the No. 6 seed and a first-round bye in the FCS Playoffs, it was announced Sunday on the NCAA FCS Football Championship Selection Special on ESPNU.
The Citadel earned a national seed for the first time under the current 24-team format and for the second time in program history. The Bulldogs were the No. 2 seed in the 1992 playoffs that featured 16 teams with the top four earning seeds. The Citadel will host the winner of Charleston Southern at Wofford on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m. in the second round of the playoffs. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Citadel enters the playoffs 10-1 overall after losing at North Carolina in the regular season finale. The Bulldogs earned their second straight Southern Conference championship and tied the record for most SoCon wins in a season by completing only the seventh 8-0 conference season in SoCon history. The Citadel broke the program’s single-season program record with six road wins, the most in FCS in 2016, and is one win away from tying the single-season program record of 11 victories set in 1992.
The Citadel is making its fifth postseason appearance and has advanced to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time. Last season, the Bulldogs made the program’s first postseason appearance since 1992 and won a road playoff game for the first time in school history with a 41-38 victory at Coastal Carolina in the first round.
The Citadel’s two sacks allowed this season are the fewest in all of Division I, and its average of 358.5 rushing yards per game ranks second in Division I. The Bulldogs also lead the Southern Conference in time of possession, yards per completion, fewest tackles for loss allowed, rushing touchdowns, third-down conversions, yards per rush, third-down defense, fourth-down defense and punt returns. Their average time of possession of 34 minutes, 42 seconds ranks second in FCS, while the Bulldogs’ 16.7 yards per completion and 3.4 tackles for loss allowed rank third in FCS, and the 32 rushing touchdowns rank as the fifth-highest total in the country.
Tickets for The Citadel’s second-round playoff game start at $15 and will be on sale beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday. Fans can purchase tickets by clicking the ETix link on CitadelSports.com/tickets. During regular business hours, fans can also call The Citadel Athletic Ticket Office at 843-953-DOGS (3647) or purchase in person at McAlister Field House. Season ticket holders who have not yet purchased playoff tickets should contact the ticket office directly. Due to the NCAA’s policy preventing re-entry at championship events, there will be no pass-outs allowed during the playoffs. Any person leaving Johnson Hagood Stadium after entering will require an additional ticket to return to the stadium.