Tell us what you think: Who will win the Southern Conference?


With seven returning starters on offense and defense from last year’s conference champions, including quarterback Jacob Huesman, Chattanooga appears to be the team to beat this season in the Southern Conference. But there’s plenty of competition.

Western Carolina, which is coming off its best season in a decade, returns 10 all-conference players. At Samford, new head coach Chris Hatcher takes over a team that returns seven starters on offense and defense. Wofford returns 10 starters on offense and Citadel’s triple-option attack averaged 347.2 rushing yards per game last season.

Leading up to the SoCon’s college football media day on July 22 in Spartanburg, S.C., ASN wants to know:

Who do you think will win the Southern Conference?

  • Samford (41%, 272 Votes)
  • Chattanooga (24%, 156 Votes)
  • Mercer (13%, 86 Votes)
  • Western Carolina (13%, 86 Votes)
  • Wofford (3%, 23 Votes)
  • VMI (3%, 18 Votes)
  • Citadel (2%, 12 Votes)
  • Furman (1%, 8 Votes)
  • East Tennessee State (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 661

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Western Carolina’s Spearman Robinson (WCU Athletics)

Top left: VMI’s Al Cobb (Chuck Steenburgh photo)
Bottom left: Wofford’s Lorenzo Long (WG SportsPhotos), East Tennessee State coach Carl Torbush (ETSU Photo)
Top right: Mercer’s Alex Lakes (Chad Morehead/Mercer Athletics)
Bottom right: Samford’s Michael Eubank (Caroline Summers/Samford University), Chattanooga’s Jacob Huesman (Dale Rutemeyer/UTC Athletics)