Game Preview: Eagles set to host top-15 opponent

DJ Cadden, Sports Editor

History: Georgia Southern and BYU have never faced each other on the gridiron.

Last Week: The Eagles picked up win No. 3 on Saturday, when they took down Texas State, 38-30, on the road.

True freshman quarterback Cam’Ron Ransom got the start, but his day was ended early due to a sprained shoulder. Before his premature exit, Ransom logged 125 passing yards and 41 rushing yards to go along with a touchdown.

In his place, veteran Justin Tomlin came in and threw for 108 yards, a touchdown and an interception. With Ransom still nursing an injury, Tomlin is surely in the mix to start against BYU.

The defense struggled mightily once again, letting up more than 350 yards, including almost 300 through the air. However, the defense forced an interception and blocked a punt that resulted in a touchdown.

Scouting Report: Offensively, the Cougars are a juggernaut. Despite losing the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft in Zach Wilson, BYU has not missed a step.

The Cougars average more than 450 yards per game, which is good enough for No. 19 in the FBS. The team also ranks within the top-50 in both rushing and passing offense, signaling a balanced attack.

On the defensive side of things, BYU has shown some weaknesses. The Cougars rank outside the top-75 in the FBS in total defense and rushing defense and rank just 63rd in passing yards allowed.

If a healthy Ransom gets the start at quarterback, the Eagles may be able to move the ball. But with Ransom’s status uncertain, things will be difficult for GS.

One important thing to note is that BYU dominates the game in the turnover battle, only giving away the ball nine times this season while forcing 19 turnovers as a defense.

Bottom Line: Come to the game, Paulson will be an absolutely electric sell out atmosphere.

However, this one will never be a game. Get ready for next year, Eagles.

Prediction: It gets ugly, BYU wins 45-17