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2023 Myrtle Beach Bowl Preview & How To Watch: Georgia Southern vs. Ohio

The Eagles have limped into the postseason while the Bobcats are feeling the pains of the transfer portal.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 16 Georgia Southern at Wisconsin Photo by Dan Sanger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Time and Date: 11 AM ET - December 16

Broadcast Network: ESPN

Location: Brooks Stadium - Conway, SC

Records: Georgia Southern 6-6 (3-5 Sun Belt), Ohio 9-3 (6-2 MAC)

Line: Georgia Southern -3.5

Point Total: O/U 48.5

All-Time Series: This will be the first-ever matchup between the two teams.


Georgia Southern Outlook

Georgia Southern is coming into this bowl game on the heels of a disastrous end to its regular season, where the Eagles dropped four consecutive games after beginning the season 6-2.

Quarterback Davis Brin has been nothing short of a nightmare for Eagle fans to endure, tied for the FBS lead in interceptions this season with 16. Look no further than this poor throw and decision that put the nail in the coffin against rival Appalachian State last month.

He makes poor decisions but ensures that he’ll make even worse throws.

Normally, one would hope a backup would take his spot, but second-stringer J.C. French injured his arm in the contest against App State and no other quarterbacks have even taken a snap for the Eagles this season.

With Brin being such a disaster, people would assume that GS offensive coordinator Bryan Ellis would run the ball more with backs OJ Arnold and Jalen White, right?

Wrong.

Brin has uncorked the second-most attempts in the FBS this season, and why stop now? It’s only game 13.

Defensively, the Eagles have been better than last year statistically but have shown a penchant for quitting in games when the other team scores a few touchdowns in a row. Some pieces here could be good for future seasons, but that fruit has not come to bear very much results-wise this year.

All that to say, a decent-sized group of Southern fans and I will be letting out a long exhale once the clock is all zeroes, and we can finally put the 2023 season behind us.

Ohio Outlook

When you look at Ohio’s record and who the Bobcats have beaten this season, it would stand to reason that they should be favored in this game, but the transfer portal has taken a toll this offseason on the team in green.

Starting quarterback Kurtis Rourke hit the portal following the team’s final regular season win over Akron, as did leading receiver Miles Cross, leading rusher Sieh Bangura and the team’s second-leading tackler in Keye Thompson.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 09 Ohio at Florida Atlantic
Ohio will be starting a new quarterback Saturday following the announced transfer of starter Kurtis Rourke.
Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Parker Navarro is the leader in the clubhouse to get the start at quarterback for the Bobcats, having thrown just 10 attempts all season.

All portal players aside, Ohio has sported one of the best defenses in the FBS this season statistically. The Bobcats rank 4th in total yardage allowed, at 264 yards per game, and rank within the top-10 in the country in rush defense (9th, 96 YPG), pass defense (7th, 168 YPG) and scoring defense (5th, 15.4 PPG).

Prediction

This matchup spells potential disaster for a Georgia Southern team that is known to turn the football over in bunches, mostly thanks to Brin and doesn’t exactly sport one of the best defenses in the nation. I think this is a low-scoring affair that Brin throws the Eagles out of, as he is wont to do.

Final Score: Ohio 23, Georgia Southern 20