Georgia Southern Football Homecoming Preview

Georgia Southern is looking to bounce back during homecoming week after their winning streak was snapped in a disappointing performance against conference rival UAB.

The Eagles could not stop the relentless offense of UAB, allowing a career day for running back Dewayne Mcbride. On the home side, Kyle Vantrease struggled in doubt, completing less than fifty percent of his passes on top of throwing three interceptions. Before last weekend’s bout, Vantrease’s QBR ranked thirty seconds in the country.

Homecoming week is always exciting for students, alums, and faculty, but first-year coach Clay Helton is looking to get his team back on the right track. The Eagles are favored against the 1-2 Ball State Cardinals by -8.

Although this is the first meeting in history, Paulson stadium is expected to be at total capacity Saturday evening. With the over-under being 61.5 points, fans can expect an offensive exhibition from both sides. The Eagles are averaging an astounding 41.5 points, ranking them fifteenth in the country.

For the Eagles to be victorious, running back, Jalen White will need to stride for as many yards as possible. Derwin Burgess Jr. became just the third Eagle player in program history to record ten or more catches in a game when he caught 12 passes at UAB last week.

As the offense has moved away from the Georgia Tech option style, they can always go back to their roots if Vantrease cannot air the Cardinals out.

Ball State quarterback John Paddon has a penchant for throwing errant passes, with just three touchdowns to as many interceptions through two contests. So, standout cornerback Derrick Canteen and company will need to be at their very best to help the offense with potential turnovers.

Kickoff begins at 6:00 pm at the Allen Paulson stadium. Fans unable to attend can still tune in to support their Eagles on ESPN 3. The game will also be available via radio on the Georgia Southern Sports Network.