Southern Conference releases Spring 2021 football schedule

By Kevin Kelley -

The Southern Conference (SoCon) has released their 2020 football schedule that will be played in the Spring of 2021.

SoCon action will begin on Saturday, Feb. 20 with four matchups and will conclude on Saturday, April 17. The FCS playoffs begin the following week on Saturday, April 24.

ETSU, Furman, Samford, VMI and Wofford elected not to compete in nonconference competition in the fall when the decision was made to move SoCon fall sports’ league schedules to the spring due to the coronavirus, though teams were permitted to schedule nonconference fall games at their discretion. The Citadel, Mercer, Chattanooga and Western Carolina each scheduled at least one nonconference fall opponent.

The Citadel played four fall contests, which means it can only play seven spring games to avoid exceeding the NCAA-mandated 11-game regular-season maximum. The SoCon Council of Presidents approved a plan for the Bulldogs to compete in seven league games with one no-contest against a randomly selected league opponent. Furman was selected as that opponent in a blind draw. The no-contest is a game not played and will be considered a forfeit in the conference standings only, per NCAA policies.

Game times and television designations will be determined and announced at a later date. All nine schools’ home games will air on either ESPN3 or ESPN+ if not selected for national or regional broadcast.

Spring 2021 SoCon Football Schedule

Note: This scheduled was updated on November 2, 2020 following an adjustment by the Southern Conference.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021
Mercer at Wofford
Samford at ETSU
VMI at Chattanooga
Western Carolina at Furman

Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Furman at VMI
The Citadel at Mercer
Western Carolina at Samford
Wofford at Chattanooga

Saturday, March 6, 2021
Chattanooga at The Citadel
ETSU at Wofford
Samford at Furman
VMI at Western Carolina

Saturday, March 13, 2021
Furman at ETSU
Mercer at VMI
The Citadel at Western Carolina
Wofford at Samford

Saturday, March 20, 2021
Chattanooga at Furman
ETSU at The Citadel
VMI at Samford
Western Carolina at Mercer

Saturday, March 27, 2021
Mercer at Chattanooga
Samford at The Citadel
VMI at Wofford
Western Carolina at ETSU

Saturday, April 3, 2021
Chattanooga at Western Carolina
Furman at Mercer
The Citadel at Wofford

Saturday, April 10, 2021
ETSU at Mercer
Furman at The Citadel
Samford at Chattanooga
Wofford at Western Carolina

Saturday, April 17, 2021
Chattanooga at ETSU
Mercer at Samford
The Citadel at VMI
Wofford at Furman

SoCon Football Schedule