Preview: Georgia Southern-South Alabama

Chris Smith

Saturday is another chance for Georgia Southern and South Alabama to continue their strong starts to open the 2016 college football season.

So much is being made about the strong efforts from the Sun Belt this past weekend, that this game is actually expected to be a bigger game than first anticipated.

The Eagles and the Jaguars will clash Saturday at 6 p.m. ET at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.

Both teams come into the matchup having won their openers in impressive styles.

The Eagles led FCS Savannah State the entire game and never allowed them to get into the end zone. GS is sixth in total offense and third in total defense in the nation after the first week. Running Back L.A. Ramsby was suspended for the last game, but the Eagles were not lacking in any offense on the ground.

“I feel like that we’re as talented and as deep as anybody that there is in the country when you start talking about our backfield. I really do – between the two quarterbacks and the three or four backs we had in the game,” Tyson Summers, head coach, said.

The Jaguars are coming off what was probably the biggest upset in the first week of college football. USA defeated Mississippi State 21-20 after trailing 20-7 going into the fourth quarter.

This is going to be a tough game for the Eagles, but they are going in as 11-point underdogs. The run first Eagles threw the ball pretty well against Savannah State and they will be looking to continue their efficient passing against USA.

“I certainly feel that there were two quarterbacks who managed the game well. I know a lot has been said about throwing the ball more efficiently. I believe in that. We only had three incomplete passes tonight,” Summers said about their passing game against SSU.

Defensively, the Eagles secondary will be tested facing USA Quarterback Dallas Davis. Davis was the Jaguars offensive start this past Saturday racking in 285 passing yards on 24-33 with two touchdowns, including the game-winner.