Posted by Joey Mullins on 2010-07-08

SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Samford's home football game against Furman on Oct. 16 will be televised live on SportSouth, the Southern Conference announced, in conjunction with SportSouth, on Thursday.


The Samford-Furman game is scheduled for a 1 p.m. (CT) kickoff from Seibert Stadium. The game is part of SportSouth's SoCon Saturdays series, which will include eight conference games throughout the season.


This marks the second televised game of the season for Samford. The Bulldogs' season-opener at Florida State on Sept. 4 will be televised live on ESPNU.


SoCon Saturdays will kick off on Sept. 4 with Appalachian State playing at Chattanooga. On Sept. 25, the series will resume with the Elon at Georgia Southern game. The next matchup in the series will be Elon at Appalachian State on Oct. 9.


Furman at Samford on Oct. 16 will be followed by Appalachian State at Western Carolina on Oct. 23 and The Citadel at Wofford on Oct. 30. The final two games in the series, scheduled for Nov. 13 and Nov. 20, will be selected jointly by the conference and SportSouth to choose games that figure to have the greatest impact on the league race.


"The concept of two wild card weekends is something we've discussed in the past and are excited to finally put in place," Southern Conference Commissioner John Iamarino said. "This will assure our viewers of seeing meaningful conference games down the stretch in November."


This marks the third year in a row Samford has hosted a SoCon Saturdays contest. Samford's 2008 home game against Furman and last season's home contest against Chattanooga were also a part of the series. Samford joined the SoCon prior to the 2008 season.


The full SoCon Saturdays schedule is listed below.


2010 Southern Conference Football Telecast Schedule on SportSouth
Sept. 4, Appalachian State at Chattanooga, 2 p.m.
Sept. 25, Elon at Georgia Southern, 5 p.m.
Oct. 9, Elon at Appalachian State, 2 p.m.
Oct. 16, Furman at Samford, 1 p.m.
Oct. 23, Appalachian State at Western Carolina, 2 p.m.
Oct. 30, The Citadel at Wofford, 12:30 p.m.
Nov. 13, TBA
Nov. 20, TBA

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.