Game Preview: Eagles set for first road match-up under Whitley

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

History: Georgia Southern and Troy have met on the gridiron 12 times, with the Eagles holding a 7-5 edge over the Trojans.

Last Week: Georgia Southern got back on track over the weekend as they defeated Arkansas State, 59-33. The contest was the first game after the firing of head coach Chad Lunsford.

It was a big day on the ground for the Eagles as the offense accumulated more than 500 rushing yards and averaged nearly 10 yards per carry. Senior running back Logan Wright led the way with 203 yards and two touchdowns of his own.

“We went back to our bread and butter,” said offensive lineman Logan Langemeier.”I felt we we’ve been one blocker, one finish away from really clicking like we did this Saturday.”

Scouting Report: Despite the dominant 26-point victory on Saturday, the Eagle defense still allowed more than 500 yards and 30 points. The difference in the game was the four interceptions created by the defense.

“As a defense, we felt like we played good,” said cornerback Tyler Bride. “We got the win, but there’s a lot more work needed. We have to do a lot of things better.”

The Troy offense has struggled mightily throughout the season, which should allow the Eagle defense to wreak havoc. The Trojans average just 340 yards per game, which ranks No. 109 out of 130 FBS teams. In addition, Tory has turned the ball over nine times already this season.

Offensively, the Eagles will face arguably their biggest test of the season. Troy allows just under 270 yards per game, which places them at No.5 and among the nation’s elite in total defense.

After an impressive offensive showing on Saturday, the Eagles stand a chance on Saturday. Turnover-free football will be a must against such a hungry defense. Luckily, the Eagles are among the nation’s best in keeping their hands on the ball.

Bottom Line: The Eagles are the underdog headed into this week, and rightfully so. The Trojans have played at a high level defensively, but have yet to show much promise on the offensive side.

After an explosive offensive showing from the Eagle offense, the team is riding high but remaining focused on the task at hand. The Eagle defense has finally seen things go their way, which is a huge confidence boost.

The Eagles will escape Troy with a win, but it will be arguably their most hard-fought and physical game of the season.

Prediction: GS escapes with an upset victory, 23-14