Georgia Southern vs Western Michigan preview

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Chris Smith

The Eagles are playing the role as the underdog as they travel to Kalamazoo, Michigan to play Western Michigan on Saturday. Georgia Southern is 3-0 on the season, and they are looking to move on to 4-0. They will have a tough task against the Broncos of Western Michigan. Western Michigan is hot and became the first MAC (Mid-American Conference) team to defeat two Big 10 schools in the same season.

After last weekend the Eagles will have a lot of things to clean up before going to Western Michigan. GS committed 14 penalties against the University of Louisiana-Monroe and squeaked passed them by blocking what would have been the game-winning field goal.

“We did not play with a lot of discipline. We continued to shoot ourselves in the foot, we continued to leave yards on the field, we continued to hand the ball back over to them, and it just continued to show. It is my job as the head coach to clean it up,” head coach Tyson Summers said.

Southern will need to get back to their efficient passing game against WMU. Going into the game against ULM last week, GS had a top ten pass efficient offense. One of the brighter spots for GS is the fact that their special teams have been playing well and their running game is still dominant.

It is no secret the Eagles want to run the ball, so they have to expect WMU to game plan for it. Last year, GS ran up the score against WMU and won 43-17. Favian Upshaw ran for 103 yard in their meeting last year, while Matt Breida had 4 touchdowns on the ground.

In their matchup last season, the Eagles were able to intercept WMU Quarterback Zach Terrell three times. This season the Eagles have the sixth ranked rushing defense. This will come in handy against WMU who only threw the ball 13 times last week against the University of Illinois.

The Eagles will have to avoid costly mistakes in this matchup. Western Michigan is a much better team than ULM, so it will be harder to overcome the same mistakes they made last weekend. GS has the offensive formula to defeat any team in the country. They run the ball well and they control the time of possession. GS also has a top-25 defense that can cause turnovers.

This game is the first of four straight road games for the Eagles. The game will be aired on ESPN 3 at 7 p.m. ET.