NCAA Football

College Football Week 10: Charleston Southern vs. Kentucky

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The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are bad at football. Real bad. For those of you who watch Friday Night Lights, by the way it’s the best show on television, I’m pretty sure the East Dillon Lions would crush them. They would crush them when Coach Eric Taylor first took the job and had like seven players. The Bucs suck, so I’m going to make this preview short and pain-free, which will be much different than the action that takes place at The Wealth on Saturday.

Charleston Southern plays in the Division I-AA Big South Conference. They have never beaten an FBS opponent (0-7), with their closest contest coming in 2008 to Miami (OH), when they fell, 38-27.

The Bucs are dead last in their conference with an 0-4 record in league play. Last week they went traveled to Stony Brook to take on the mighty Seawolves and lost 41-21. They were down just six at the half but then surrendered a 21-point third quarter. They have not won since September 18 when they demolished Mars Hill, 28-14. Since then they have lost to Hawaii, Liberty, Gardner-Webb, and of course Stony Brook.

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The Rainbows of Hawaii were their only other D-I opponent this year and Hawaii squeaked out a 66-7 victory. In the first 11 minutes of the game, Hawaii had three touchdowns.

The Rainbows, who have the No. 1 passing attack in America, threw the ball for 490 yards on that day. Quarterback Bryant Moniz threw for 395 yards and six touchdowns in the contest. All six of his touchdowns came in the first half of the game, tying a school record for most touchdown passes in a half. They pulled him in the middle of the second quarter.

At least they got to go to Hawaii this year. That should count as a win, right?

Kentucky’s offensive unit is averaging 419.4 yards and 32.8 points-per-game, against an SEC schedule. Needless to say, they will not have trouble moving the football on Saturday. In fact, they could probably leave Ryan Tydlacka home and let him watch Saturday morning cartoons.

Expect Mike Hartline, Randall Cobb, Chris Matthews, and company to rack up some big numbers early and then grab some bench midway through the second quarter. I also wouldn’t expect Derrick Locke to play more than a series, in an effort to test his shoulder and get him ready for Vandy next week.

On offense, it doesn’t get any better for the Buccaneers as they run a standard, pro-style, pass-oriented offense, and they aren’t even that good at it. Senior quarterback Andrew Trudnowski (6-4, 212) has started the last three games of the season, and has seen significant action in their last four, for CSU and they have lost all four games. He is 75-for-144 for 875 yards on the season, with six touchdowns and six interceptions.

Senior running back DeMarcus Moon (5-10, 197) will get the bulk of the carries for the Bucs. On the season he has rushed for 335 yards on 95 attempts, good for 3.4 a touch. He has six touchdowns. Trudnowski’s primary receiving threat is senior Gerald Stevenson (5-10, 165), who has caught 43 balls for 643 yards and two touchdowns this year.

Kentucky’s defense has shown improvement the last couple of weeks and we all know that they struggle more against running teams than they do passing teams, so I’d expect a slow day for the Bucs on offense. Danny Trevathan may finish with 47 tackles.

It’s time to sweep the Tennessee schools to finish off the season.

Kentucky 63, Charleston Southern 0