By Caleb-Ryan Davis
This weekend the Texas State Bobcats will participate in what might be the biggest game of the year against Georgia Southern, who is an undefeated 7-0 in the Sun Belt Conference and 8-2 overall this season. The Eagles’ two losses this year were against N.C. State and Georgia Tech. Georgia Southern leads in numerous offensive and defensive categories across the national and Sun Belt spectrum.
In his weekly media luncheon coach Dennis Franchione stated “They’ve kinda taken the Sun Belt by storm…they’re having a fantastic season. Nobody has really slowed them down…they’re really good at what they do.”
The Georgia Southern offense, which has put up forty or more points four times this year, is looking to continue that trend against a Bobcat defense that has had trouble stopping the run this season. If there is some defensive silver lining coming from this matchup it would be that Georgia Southern has had trouble defending their quarterback Kevin Ellison. This has led to Ellison being taken out of various games due to injury. If the Bobcat defense could find a way to get to the quarterback they might just come away with a win.
The Bobcat offense led by sophomore quarterback Tyler Jones has featured a high-octane option offense that sports the effects of Robert Lowe, Terrence Franks, and Tim Gay running the ball with emphases. That might change this week however with the Georgia Southern defense allowing just 143.8 yards per game in terms of run defense. The Bobcats have got talent in a lot of areas of offense but specifically at the wide out position. Ben Ijah, Brice Gunter, and Jafus Gaines to name a few have dominantly received the ball from Jones multiple times this season.
For more in depth coverage of the game, take a look at the Friday episode of Bobcat Radio’s breakdown of the Bobcats against the Eagles coming up this Saturday.