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S.C. State, Benedict to renew rivalry in Palmetto Capital City Classic

(Source: The Times and Democrat) (Source: The Times and Democrat)

With the start of college football season right around the corner, S.C. State head coach Oliver "Buddy" Pough and Benedict College head coach James Woody addressed the media less than a month away from the Bulldogs and Tigers meeting in the Palmetto Capital City Classic.

The season-opening contest on Aug. 30 will take place at Charles W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia. For any team, coming away with a victory on the road can be tough and Pough understands the challenge that lies before his Bulldogs.

"It's always tough when you go to another guy's house and play a football game," Pough said. "I'm sure Benedict will be about as prepared as you can be under these circumstances. We'll be behind a little bit, but we're going to get prepared and, by the time we get here for the Palmetto Capital City Classic on the 30th of August, our people will be ready to go."

Last year's contest saw S.C. State come away with a 59-6 victory over Benedict at Williams-Brice Stadium. However, this year's game will be played at the Tigers' home stadium. Still, Woody knows his team has their work cut out for them.

"It will be a challenge for us," Woody said. "It's going to take a great football game to beat those guys, but I feel real good about our chances. If we slow the game down, capitalize on some mistakes, and, hopefully, we can pull a victory out."

Benedict was picked to finish seventh overall in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference while S.C. State was selected to finish second in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

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