Why Georgia Southern Will Win The Raycom Media Camellia Bowl
– Can Eastern Michigan stop the run? Sort of. It hasn’t been pushed all that hard throughout the season, but it had issues for most of the year allowing 200 yards or more five times in the first nine games. When Northern Illinois committed to the run, it all worked. When Army ran its option, EMU held it in check – and lost. As long as Georgia Southern can control the clock, it’ll be doing the job.
– Eastern Michigan can’t take full advantage of its biggest strength – the pass defense. The Eagles finished fifth in the nation allowing just 160 yards per game and was amazing at coming up with picks, taking the ball away 13 times. But Georgia Southern doesn’t care about throwing it enough for this to matter – more on that in just a second. It’ll spend its time hammering on the run defense that gives up 193 yards per game.
– EMU lives at times on turnover margin, but that’s going to be an issue – Georgia Southern leads the nation with just five giveaways, and to the point of the Eastern Michigan strength of interceptions, there aren’t going to be any. The Sun Belt’s Eagles have yet to throw a pick and lost just five fumbles.