Georgia Southern vs. South Carolina State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 1
Game Time: 6:00 pm ET
Venue: Allen E. Paulson Stadium, Statesboro, GA
Georgia Southern (0-0) vs. South Carolina State (0-0) Game Preview
With a chance to get off to a good start – facing UMass up next – this is when Georgia Southern gets to put the offense in motion. There’s a little bit of a twist coming to the option attack, and that’s what South Carolina State is for.
The Bulldogs are going off a 3-7 season, but they’ve got just enough experience – especially on the offensive side – to make this a wee bit of a battle.
One Reason Why South Carolina State Will Win
It’s not like Georgia Southern played any defense last season, and even though it’s loaded with veterans, it might take a while to be merely decent.
There wasn’t any pass rush, and the big plays were allowed in bunches – decent passing teams can throw on the Eagles.
South Carolina State gets back nine starters on offense including three good receivers. As long as everyone gets a little bit of time, the Bulldogs should be able to move the chains a bit.
Most of all, the Bulldog defense was eighth in the FCS against both the run and total defense. Stop the run; stop Georgia Southern. But …
One Reason Why Georgia Southern Will Win
A few very, very important pieces of that South Carolina State defensive puzzle are gone. Darius Leonard was the best defensive player in the MEAC, and running mate Dayshawn Taylor was terrific, too.
New starting linebackers get eaten up alive but this offense.
Five of the top six Georgia Southern runners are back, and Shai Werts is a veteran quarterback now who should know what he’s doing. He’ll be a bit more of a passer, too.
What’s Going To Happen
South Carolina State will be annoying defensively for a little while, but it won’t have the offensive pop to take advantage of several opportunities.
Now that head coach Chad Lunsford has had a full offseason to make the team his, watch out for the defense to be far, far better with all the returning experience back. Offensively, give it a quarter, and then watch the rushing numbers start to add up fast.