COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Coastal Carolina may know whether it is playing Saturday for a berth in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs by the time it kicks off against Charleston Southern.

Liberty at VMI starts two hours before the Chanticleers. If the Flames win, then Coastal Carolina can get a share of the Big South Conference title and the league's automatic bid by beating the Buccaneers.

Chanticleers coach Joe Moglia won't go searching out the Liberty score because he wants his team focused on Charleston Southern.

"I know me pretty well. I'm going to be so focused on the game, I'm not going to thinking about that," Moglia said. "But in the real world someone is going to come up and tell me what that score is."

In other games Saturday involving South Carolina's FCS teams, Presbyterian is at Gardner-Webb; Furman hosts The Citadel; South Carolina State hosts Savannah State; and Wofford travels to South Carolina.

In Conway. Coastal Carolina (6-4, 4-1 Big South) is trying to concentrate on the thing it can control — beating Charleston Southern (5-5, 3-2).

The Chanticleers were in a similar situation in 2010 and beat the Buccaneers 70-3, the first defeat in what would turn into a 15-game losing streak for Charleston Southern.

But the Buccaneers have won five of their last seven games and can get their first winning season since 2009 and just the fifth in the program's 22 years by beating the Chanticleers.

"It's a phenomenal turnaround from where they were a year ago," Moglia said.

If Coastal Carolina and Liberty both win, there will be a three-way tie with Stony Brook for the Big South title. Just like 2010, the automatic bid will go to the fourth tiebreaker. Back then it was points allowed in conference games. This year it is away record in Big South games. The Chanticleers only loss in the league came at Stony Brook.

"I think our guys recognize that this is not about the playoffs," Moglia said. "This is about taking care of business this week. And if we do that and we get a little lucky, a lot of other things are at stake."

Charleston Southern coach Jay Mills said he is telling his team to focus on continuing to improve and taking advantage of their opportunities, not spoiling Coastal Carolina's chances.

"We haven't even talked about that aspect of it," Mills said.

In Boiling Springs, N.C., Presbyterian (2-8, 0-5) ends a disappointing season at Gardner-Webb (2-8, 1-4).

The Blue Hose are the only Big South team without a conference win. Presbyterian is allowing more than 508 yards a game. Only four of the 121 FCS teams are worse.

"We need to evaluate what we're doing and make some changes there," Blue Hose coach Harold Nichols said. "We can't expect to do the same things and not get the same results."

Nichols said his team has not quit so far this year, and he thinks they have one more good game in them.

"I think our kids are resilient and I think they have some pride about them, They'll put a good week's work in and try to end the season with a win — get some momentum going into the offseason," Nichols said.

In Orangeburg, South Carolina State (4-6, 3-4 Mid-Eastern Athletic) ends a disappointing season by hosting Savannah State (0-7, 1-9).

"Not up to standards. Not a very good year. We've got some things that we've got to work on getting better at — a lot better at," Bulldogs coach Buddy Pough said when asked to assess this season — the school's first losing season since 2000, two years before Pough arrived in Orangeburg.

South Carolina State's offense sputtered, scoring less than 18 points a game, and its defense has not been up to its usually high standards, finishing eighth in the MEAC, allowing nearly 375 yards a game.

"I think it had to do more with chemistry and maturity than anything. It was a year we learned a bunch about ourselves and there are some things we have to work on," Pough said.

In Greenville, The Citadel (6-4, 4-3 Southern Conference) may have at least one more game to play if it can beat Furman (3-7, 2-5).

The Bulldogs are one win away from the seven-win mark the FCS playoff committee says is crucial to get consideration for a postseason bid. The Citadel also has wins over two playoff locks in Appalachian State and Georgia Southern. But they remain low in the rankings, leaving a chance at their first playoff bid since 1992 tenuous even with a victory Saturday.

"We talked with the team about being able to control our record and beating Furman. There is always an opportunity or chance we can continue playing after the regular season. A lot of that will depend on the at-large teams across the country and how other teams finish," Citadel coach Kevin Higgins said.

The Paladins' playoff chances were done before the leaves fell off the trees. Saturday's goal will be avoiding their worst record since 1994.

"We just don't execute good at times — just not enough consistency in many areas of our games. Hopefully we've learned some more lessons as we get ready to play a good Citadel team," Furman coach Bruce Fowler said.

Furman and The Citadel have the longest active rivalry in the Southern Conference, with the Paladins holding a 57-31-3 lead. They have played every season since 1919 except for the final three years of World War II, and Furman has won two in a row and 13 out of the last 17 games.

In Columbia, Wofford (8-2) steps up a class to take on Football Bowl Subdivision South Carolina (8-2).

The Terriers will share the SoCon title with Georgia Southern and Appalachian State, and have likely have secured an FCS playoff bid, although coach Mike Ayers remembers how his team was snubbed with a better record 10 years ago.

The Gamecocks have struggled with Wofford. The Terriers had the ball deep in South Carolina territory late in the fourth quarter in 2006, but fumbled on fourth down while trying to score the tying touchdown. In 2008, Wofford trailed by just a field goal halfway through the final period.

Ayers doesn't plan to sit anyone to rest for the playoffs. He said he reviewed the Terriers previous 14 games against FBS teams (they have won once) and found out they don't suffer any more injuries playing against the big boys of college football.

"We're going to put our best people out there and try to win the ball game," Ayers said.