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SoCon Notebook: ASU’s Moore has more questions than answers

SoCon Notebook: ASU’s Moore has more questions than answers

SoCon Notebook: ASU’s Moore has more questions than answers

    Appalachian State has won four-straight Southern Conference titles, is currently unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll and coaches poll, and ASU director of athletics Charlie Cobb announced last Thursday a feasibility study about the prospect of playing football at the highest level.
    Head coach Jerry Moore hasn’t thought about any of that.
    He didn’t know about the Mountaineers’ No. 1 ranking as of Tuesday morning, and he’s not sure he knows how good his team really is.
    “Most of the teams we’ve played so far this year – and this is going to sound like a negative thing – but I’m not sure any of them have a winning record right now,” Moore said. “I think there’s a couple that are .500, but have we really played or beaten a really good football team? I don’t know. We’re excited about being undefeated, we had a great win against Chattanooga and the same thing against Samford as far as conference play is concerned, but how good are any of us? I don’t think anybody really knows.”
    And aside from his being aware that it is happening, he says he hasn’t really given any serious thought about the team moving to the FBS, either.
    “I’ve got mixed feelings about it,” he said. “Right now I think we’re very, very satisfied with what we’re doing. That doesn’t mean we don’t want to, but I think it’s a thing where are you ready to do that? I haven’t given it any though at all.”
    The Mountaineers (4-0, 2-0 SoCon) face No. 19 Elon Saturday at 3 p.m. in Boone, N.C.
    Elon, with three losses already in the books, is playing for its playoff life.
    “Obviously there’s a sense of urgency when we get into league ply and you have a loss in your first conference game. Our guys know we played a pretty tough conference schedule, but there’s no excuses for that,” said Elon coach Pete Lembo. “I’ve been preaching the last several weeks to focus on each week. Don’t worry about what may come or may not come in November. Let’s just try to get better.”

So many options
    Wofford crept into the Top 25 with its 38-17 dismantling of Furman Saturday in Spartanburg, S.C. Currently ranked No. 21, they face No. 1 Georgia Southern at 6 p.m. in Statesboro.
    The matchup comes after the Terriers (3-1, 1-0) learned a lot about themselves against the Paladins.
    “We just played like we’re capable of playing. It was a question-mark game for us,” said Wofford coach Mike Ayers. “It was a game quite frankly where we were wondering, ‘What are we all about?’ We had the opener with [Ohio] and two games we should have won and did.
    “We feel like we answered some questions.”
    Ayers, who has defeated Georgia Southern (3-1, 1-0) three of the last four times his Terriers played at Paulson Stadium, has seen something all too familiar after watching GSU’s tapes from this season.
    “They’re like they used to be,” Ayers said. “You’re going to come out of that game black and blue and you’re going to come out of that game really sore. They’re doing their thing that won them a lot of championships.
    “It’s always tough in Statesboro. Those folks down that way, they take their football serious. … It’s old-school Georgia Southern. The bad thing is, they’ve had two weeks to prepare for us.”
    The Eagles have been doing nothing but focusing on stopping Wofford’s multiple option attack.
    “All of it was preparation for Wofford. What we do on offense doesn’t change much from week to week,” Monken said about GSU’s bye week. “They’re certainly more multiple than we are in terms of option offenses and the capabilities they have in different formations. It does give you a lot of offense to have to defend.”

Opening up the pass
    Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman has passed for 281 yards per game so far for the Mocs (2-2, 1-1). It’s the 147 rushing yards per contest that has helped the offense tick.
    “Last year we didn’t gain any yards running the football. I mean, we were awful,” said UTC coach Russ Huesman. “At least this year we’re getting some yards running the football. We’re still not great at it, but it’s enough that people have to defend the running game this year.”
    The Mocs hit the road to face The Citadel (2-3, 0-2) Saturday at 2 p.m. in Charleston, S.C.
NOTES: Western Carolina (2-3, 1-1) defeated The Citadel on the road 24-13 Saturday. It was the first time the Catamounts won a conference game on the road since they beat Chattanooga on the road in 2005. They play host to Samford Saturday at 3 p.m. … Furman dropped out of the Top 25 after its road loss to Wofford, and looks to bounce back with a non-conference game against Howard Saturday at Noon in Greenville, S.C.

    Matt Yogus can be reached at (912) 489-9408.

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