Wounds have been licked, film has been watched, and game plans have been made. Now it’s back to football. After a homecoming that left 49ers fans let down, Charlotte returns to the field after their bye week in hopes of getting that winning feeling back against the Charleston Southern Buccaneers.
Charlotte 49ers (4-3) vs. Charleston Southern Buccaneers (7-1)
Saturday, October 26th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Buccaneer Stadium, South Charleston, SC
Radio: Charlotte49ers.com, WGZV-AM 730 | Video: BigSouthSports.com (Free)
Who to watch for:
The Buccaneers are coming into this contest under the leadership of first year head coach Jamey Chadwell. They are the third team this year the 49ers have faced that has a first year head coach. The Bucs rely heavily on their rushing attack, averaging 229.5 yards per game against only 128.6 yards passing. Junior Christian Reyes leads the team with 772 yards rushing so far this season with an average of 5.1 yards per carry. Also keep an eye on QB Kyle Copeland, who was thrust into the quarterback role due to injury but performed well on the road against Pac-12 opponent Colorado in the Bucs’ last contest. He will more than likely split time with QB Danny Croghan III upon his return from injury.
Charlotte will win if:
-They rush the tempo: The Buccaneers rely on a rushing, control the clock type of offense. If the 49ers can score early and often, it could put a lot of pressure on the Bucs offense to try to keep up. This may be difficult with the Bucs having difficulty scoring this season, averaging only 24 points a game.
-The defense wraps up: The homecoming game exposed many deficiencies that may have been overlooked due to the 49ers’ high powered offense; mainly a pass defense that UNCP took full advantage of as well as many missed tackles. I’m sure these issues were addressed by the coaching staff in they bye week and should lead to vast improvements on the field.
-They stop the run: It is very evident that the Buccaneers want to run the ball and rely heavily on their rushing attack. If the 49ers can stack the line and force the Bucs to throw the ball, which is something they are reluctant to do, it should lead to a much needed road victory.