Rattlers using "playoff mentality" to close out 2018

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By: Kevin Keane | WCTV Eyewitness Sports
October 23, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- When the college football season began, no one expected Florida A&M to compete for a MEAC title, yet alone turn in a winning record.

The expectation was the Rattlers found the right man for the job in Willie Simmons and it would take him a year or two to find success.

Surprise! That success is already on the Rattlers' doorstep.

FAMU sits in first place with a 4-0 conference record, needing just two more wins to clinch a MEAC title.

But, Simmons isn't taking the home-stretch lightly, saying the final four games are a playoff to the real postseason.

"Each game is important. We're in a playoff mindset that, if we want to achieve our goal of winning the conference championship, this is basically game one of a four-game playoff series," Simmons said. "We have to make sure we take car of business this week.

"We can't look down the road at who may be coming because, again, this team has shown that they're a very dangerous football team," Simmons continued.

The Rattlers close their 2018 season with matchups against Morgan State (10/27) and South Carolina State (11/10) and traveling to Howard (11/3) before the Florida Classic with Bethune-Cookman on 11/17.

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