Texas State front seven vs. Georgia Southern’s rushing attack
In a collegiate football landscape centered around spread-offense, Georgia Southern is zigging while everyone else zags. The Eagles have run the ball on 81.8 percent of their plays, totaling 31 rushing touchdowns and 2,587 rushing yards this season. Both marks lead the entire nation.
Texas State, meanwhile, is 123rd in rushing defense. Opponents are averaging 5.6 yards per attempt. Something has to give.
Rob Lowe vs. Georgia Southern’s front seven
Before last Saturday, Lowe was not the same guy fans were used to seeing. He rushed for 299 yards and three touchdowns through five games.
After Saturday, Lowe found his rhythm and nearly matched his season’s statistics in one game, rushing for 248 yards and three touchdowns.
Georgia Southern has one of the most stout rush defenses in the Sun Belt, averaging only 151.4 rushing yards allowed per game (second in the conference). Lowe found his rhythm at the perfect time, because the Bobcats will need a breakout performance from him if they hope to avenge their 28-25 loss last season.
Texas State vs. the schedule
Five days removed from a 36-18 victory over South Alabama, Texas State is tasked with traveling Thursday to Statesboro, Georgia for a road conference matchup.
Georgia Southern, meanwhile, has a week off from its matchup against Appalachian State and the advantage of home field.
Coach Dennis Franchione said the scheduling quirk is just part of “life in the Fun Belt.”
Unfair or not, the Bobcats have a short week to prepare for one of the best teams in the conference. Texas State caught a break against South Alabama. Those breaks end prior to Georgia Southern.
Tyler Jones vs. Georgia Southern’s secondary
In 2014, Texas State played Georgia Southern on a Saturday. That game essentially ended with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown as time expired in the third quarter. The touchdown put the Bobcats in an 18-point deficit that proved to be too large to overcome. Jones led the Bobcats back into the game, ultimately losing 28-25. This year, Jones has been more efficient with a 7-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.
Texas State’s momentum vs. Georgia Southern’s revenge
Texas State, 2-4 overall, is coming off a 36-18 win over South Alabama. Georgia Southern lost its first conference game of the year last week to Appalachian State.
The Bobcats have an opportunity to pick up momentum, while the Eagles have the chance to stop the losing streak from building.