By Josh Orozco
Assistant Sports Director
The Bobcats walk into Statesboro with the opportunity to win multiple road games in a single season for the first time since 2014.
Here are three things to watch for during Texas State’s final road game of the season against the Georgia Southern Eagles.
Barbee Catching Fire
Bobcat wide receiver Marcell Barbee has proven himself to be a top tier offensive option for the maroon and gold. Barbee is tied for third in the entire country in receiving touchdowns with eight.
Barbee enters week 10 only one score away from obtaining sole possession of fourth on the Texas State single season touchdown receptions list and could potentially pass the likes of Johnny Parker (1969), Billy Dunk (1978) and Da’Marcus Griggs (2009). Barbee will look to extend his scoring streak for the fourth game in a row.
Regardless of who is at the helm for the Bobcats, the junior transfer has etched himself as a major threat to enter the end zone.
Run Eagles Run
Texas State finds themselves matched up against a top-three running back in the Sun Belt for the second straight week.
Senior J.D. King has found the end zone in five of the Eagles’ seven games throughout the season. King himself rushed for more touchdowns than 12 other FBS schools alone.
Although Georgia Southern throws for the least amount of passing yards in the Sun Belt, the Eagles certainly make up for lost yardage on the ground. King leads the conference at 625 total yards rushing with his teammate, Shai Werts, not too far behind with 474 yards and three touchdowns.
The ground game is the bread and butter for Georgia Southern. The Eagles currently sit at eighth in the country with carries exceeding 40 yards.
Vitt Takes the Keys
Vitt has arguably made the most out of his playing time during his junior campaign. Vitt entered the top 10 in total offense in the conference last week by accumulating 819 yards through the air in addition to another 127 yards on the ground.
Georgia Southern redshirt junior Logan Wright emphasized that the Eagles are not overlooking Vitt and the 1-8 Bobcats.
“We’re going to prepare for this one just as we would prepare for App State or a power five team,” Wright said. “It’s the most important [game] because it’s the next one. We just have to prepare as hard for them as we do for anybody else because they’re dangerous as well.”
Vitt’s college career shows he is susceptible to throwing turnovers to the opposing defense. A key defensive player Texas State will have their eyes on is Eagles cornerback Derrick Canteen who leads the FBS in interceptions with four.
All three conference wins for Georgia Southern this season has been decided by a single touchdown or less. Both of the Eagles’ losses came against ranked opponents, Louisiana and Coastal Carolina.
Despite their record, the Bobcats have proved to stay competitive throughout the season and their final road game of 2020 could be no different.
Prediction: Georgia Southern 28, Texas State 24.
Texas State’s matchup against Georgia Southern will be broadcasted on KTSW 89.9 beginning with pregame at 2:00 p.m. over the airwaves. The Bobcats will play in their ninth nationally televised game of the season on ESPN3. Live tweets, updates and analysis on all things Texas State football can all be found on @KTSWSports on Twitter.
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