Todd Knight knows what the Citadel will be thinking come September 2.

Newberry's ninth-year head football coach figures The Citadel will be on upset alert as the Wolves make the drive down I-26 to open the season.

The Citadel has had a few high-profile wins over Division I schools, including a win over USC in 2015. Now it's Newberry who will try to pull off the upset against a team that has been a part of the last two Southern Conference championships.

"That's arguable the second-best team in the state of South Carolina," Knight said.

"You've got the national champions and you've got The Citadel. That's a huge challenge for us, our program. I'm excited about it. Our staff, our kids are excited about it. It's going to be a huge day for the program."

Knight saw The Citadel upset USC in 2015 and sees his team playing the role the Bulldogs did two years ago.

"What did it mean for their program when they beat the University of South Carolina a couple of years ago," Knight asked rhetorically.

"It's the same thing for us. It's just flipped the other way. We've got this program in a great position. You win a ball game like that, it will blow the lid off tof it around here."

Newberry is coming off a South Atlantic League championship and is the preseason pick to win it in 2017.