Eagles soar away from home

Kevin Gregan

To claim the Eagles are going to win on Saturday against Western Carolina University would not be a bold prediction.

The Georgia Southern University football team will head to Cullowhee N.C., where the WCU Catamounts will do what they always do, chase running backs all over their field.

The Catamounts have proven that they cannot stop the run or the triple-option.

Last week, WCU allowed Furman running back Jerodis Williams to run for 239 yards, score two touchdowns and return a kick for 100 yards for another touchdown.

The Eagles are ranked second nationally in rushing offense and WCU has given up 309 yards per game on the ground.

They have yet to face a triple-option offense this year, but last year GSU ran for 639 yards and scored six rushing touchdowns on the Catamounts.

The Eagle defense may also have a good day in the mountains on Saturday. The Eagles are ranked fifth nationally in total defense and they have created 10 turnovers so far through four games. They’re also ranked second in the Southern Conference in scoring defense.

Within the history of the two teams playing against each other, the Eagles are 20-2 against WCU.

The Catamounts haven’t won a Southern Conference game in their last 17 attempts either, so an outcome in favor of the Eagles is expected, 41-17.