After taking down previously-undefeated No. 5 Wofford in Week 8, Samford’s football team is ranked eighth among FCS teams, with a home showdown vs. Chattanooga looming.

To prep his school for yet another matchup in the storied Southern Rail Rivalry, Samford president Dr. Andrew Westmoreland put together a professional, professorial video to inform the student body of Saturday’s importance:

Seems like Dr. Westmoreland is ready for some football.

It’s understandable; this is a big one in Birmingham. The Southern Rail Rivalry stretches all the way back to 1906, which is a pretty long-standing rivalry between the schools separated by a two-hour drive. The Mocs have topped the Bulldogs in 28 of the previous 42 meetings, holding a 29-10-3 all-time record.

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But with Samford sitting at No. 8 in the country, and Chattanooga having fallen all the way off the wagon at 1-7 this season, it looks like this season could swing things in Samford’s favor.

Thus, you have Dr. Westmoreland seemingly extremely fired up for this Saturday’s matchup. Well played, sir.

Adam Hermann has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia magazine, SB Nation, and NBC Sports Philadelphia.

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