The Mercer Bears will face the Chattanooga Mocs on the gridiron Saturday. It’s a jam-packed Homecoming weekend, so here are four things to know before you go.
1. It’s Mercer Homecoming
More than a dozen events are planned across campus on Nov. 13 as the Bears celebrate homecoming. The day begins at 9 a.m. with the Homecoming 5K and continues with many tailgating opportunities leading up to the 3 p.m. game. Check out the full schedule.
2. Drivin N Cryin headlines live music before the game
The Ford Concert Series kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on Black Field featuring Bailey Grace Pattison, a Mercer student-athlete and winner of the 2020 478 Sings United contest. After the Bear Walk at 12:30 p.m., the free music will pick back up at 12:40 p.m. with headliner Drivin N Cryin. Other festivities on Black Field include a beer garden and bounce houses.
3. First place is on the line
Mercer and Chattanooga are in a three-way tie with ETSU for first place in the Southern Conference. All three schools are 5-1 in the SoCon, and by the end of the day on Saturday, at least one of the three will no longer be in the driver’s seat. With the conference champion receiving an automatic bid to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the stakes are high. Between the Homecoming game versus Chattanooga and next Saturday’s road trip to ETSU, Mercer controls its own fate as the Bears look to make history by earning their first-ever FCS playoff bid.
4. JB Strauss plays post-game concert
JB Strauss, a Mercer Law alumnus, will play a free concert during the Second Saturdays in Mercer Village block party. Streets will close at 5 p.m., and music will begin at 7:30 p.m. Free food from Francar’s Buffalo Wings will be available while supplies last.