CSU vs. Florida - Gameday CentralSeptember 5, 2009
Time is winding down before the Charleston Southern University Buccaneers open the 2009 season against the University of Florida Gators, in what has become the most-publicized game in program history. Kick-off at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. is set for Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. EST.
Buccaneer fans can follow Saturday night’s game in a variety of ways. Fox Sports Net (Comcast channel 59 in North Charleston) will televise the game nationally. Radio coverage will be provided by WJNI-FM 106.3 in the Charleston area, with pregame coverage beginning at 6:30 p.m. EST. Fans can also listen to the game free of charge around the world on Teamline, and the Florida broadcast will be available nationwide via satellite radio on XM channel 199 and Sirius Channel 215. Also, fans can follow the game statistically through GameTracker.
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CSU is coming off of a 7-5 (3-2 Big South Conference) season, while Florida finished 13-1 (7-1 Southeastern Conference) and won the BCS National Championship, their third national title in school history. The Bucs are receiving votes in The Sports Network FCS Preseason poll, while the Gators are ranked No. 1 in nearly every major FBS preseason poll.
TSN Preseason Poll
In anticipation for the event, CSU has been the subject of unprecedented national media coverage. CSU has been a topic of conversation on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, College Football Live and First Take television programs and ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd show.
See Coach Mills on ESPN First Take
Media and fans wishing to learn more about the CSU vs. Florida match-up are free to download and print copies of pregame notes from both schools.
CSU Game Notes Central
Quick Notes on Saturday’s game:
* CSU and Florida have never before met on the football field
* CSU has never faced an SEC opponent; Florida is 2-0 against members of the Big South
* CSU Head Coach Jay Mills (CSU Record: 34-33) is one win away from becoming the school’s all-time winningest coach
* Forty-one members of the CSU roster come from the state of Florida, more than any other state
* CSU WR/RS Gerald Stevenson and LB Andrew McKain are Big South Preseason All-Conference team selections
* Stevenson, McKain, DL Joel Walton and RB Antwan Ivey are Preseason All-Big South selections by Phil Steele
* CSU is 4-14 all-time in season openers; their last season-opening win came in 2006, a 21-13 win over Presbyterian
* CSU is 3-4 all-time in games played in the state of Florida; CSU’s last victory in the Sunshine State was a 38-3 beating of Jacksonville on Sept. 18, 2003