Start Time: 12:30 p.m. EST, Oct. 15
Location: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
TV/Streaming: ESPN3.com, ACC Network
Records: Georgia Southern (3-2, 2-1 Sun Belt), Georgia Tech (3-3, 1-3 ACC)
Weather: 71 degrees at kickoff, partly cloudy, 8 mph winds
Betting Line: Georgia Tech -10.5, Over/Under of 47
Uncertainty is one of the scariest things when rooting for a college football team.
The uncertainty I feel when watching Georgia Southern plays football this year scares the hell out of me every single snap. Seemingly gone are the days where the Eagles stride into a stadium and I know the team will, 9 times out of 10, put on a good showing.
After falling in the final seconds to a (at the time) winless Arkansas State team on Oct. 5 in Jonesboro, a lot of aspects of the team were thrown into question.
Although he inherited a lot of talent heading into the 2016 season, what the hell is Tyson Summers doing, especially when it comes to the offense?
And the defense only looks marginally better.
This is what happens when you hire a bunch of high school and division 3 coaches to run your 6-time national championship program— Not Tyson Summers (@NotTysonSummers) October 6, 2016
But that’s where we’re at now, sitting at 3-2 and 2-1 in the Sun Belt. All of the sunshine pumpers watched this team struggle before its first loss in Kalamazoo to Western Michigan and said “don’t worry about it, we’ll figure it out when it matters”.
Well, now the team is one loss from being at .500, and is heading to Bobby Dodd to take on Georgia Tech.
Make no mistake, I said before the season the Eagles would exact revenge against a Yellow Jackets team that stole a win from Georgia Southern in 2014. Now I just hope the Eagles don’t get embarrassed.
I gave too much credit to a guy who was a first time head coach and definitely looks like it. Along with his offensive coordinators, who look like they would be more comfortable on a 3A high school sideline than game planning for Paul Johnson and the Ramblin’ Wreck.
That’s the sad thing, we all know the talent is there. We’ve seen it when the Eagles went undefeated in Sun Belt play in 2014, and last season when it captured its first ever bowl win by routing Bowling Green.
I have to hope that the Eagles bottomed out last week after winning the turnover margin +5, but still finding a way to lose.
I hope that Summers and company went back and looked at last year’s game tape and took some notes on how the offense is properly run.
I hope they realize that running Matt Breida up the middle on almost every carry is a bad idea, especially when you think heaving the ball downfield on a 3rd and long is a solid backup plan.
But I wouldn’t be shocked if I was wrong.