Game Preview: Eagles set to open conference play

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

History: Georgia Southern has face Louisiana four times, accumulating a record of 1-3. The lone win for the Eagles came on the road in 2017, however the Ragin’ Cajuns won last year’s meeting, 20-18.

Last Week: GS was blown out, 45-10, by No. 20 Arkansas on Saturday. The Eagles were clearly outmatched throughout the game, which was evident to anyone watching.

“We just got to get our confidence back,” said head coach Chad Lunsford. “We got to have confidence that we’re going to come out of halftime and play the way we need to play.”

Similar to their loss against FAU, the Eagles struggled mightily on both sides of the ball. The GS defense allowed more than 600 yards for the first time under Chad Lunsford.

While the Razorbacks are known for their prowess in the ground game, Arkansas threw for nearly 400 yards against a depleted Eagle secondary. However, the Razorbacks still managed nearly 250 yards on the ground.

Quarterback Justin Tomlin returned for the Eagles following a two-game academic suspension, which provided an immediate spark to the GS offense. Tomlin electrified the game with a 76-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter.

Scouting Report: The Ragin’ Cajuns are among the nation’s best in moving the ball through the air. While UL averages exactly as many offensive yards as the Eagles, nearly 300 of their average yards come through the air. Against a depleted Eagle secondary, the passing game could prove dangerous for the GS defense.

“I do think they throw the ball a little bit more than they have,” said Lunsford. “I do think they’re showcasing Levi Lewis a little bit more at quarterback and they’re throwing the ball a little bit more than they have, being that they’re now 50-50.”

While the Ragin’ Cajuns have been excellent through the air, they have struggled to run the ball effectively through their first three games. UL averages just 83 rushing yards per game, which ranks No. 118 out of 130 FBS teams. The current strength of the Eagle defense should be the front seven, which should virtually eliminate the ground game for their opponent.

Defensively, UL has been among the nation’s worst, allowing nearly 500 yards per game. The Ragin’ Cajuns rank among the bottom half in the country against both the rushing and passing game, which should allow veteran quarterback Justin Tomlin to see a good bit of success.

Bottom Line: Despite struggling mightily through the first two weeks of the season, the Ragin’ Cajuns looked extremely impressive during their most recent game, a 49-14 victory over Ohio.

While the Eagles nearly scraped out a win against a ranked UL team in 2020, GS has shown many more weaknesses so far this season. Injuries in the secondary and continued offensive struggles will haunt GS as they appear to be outmatched for the third consecutive week.

Prediction: Ragin’ Cajuns steal a 24-13 victory on the road