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How and what to watch for Georgia Southern vs. Georgia State

The Georgia Southern Eagles take the triple-option on the road for a Sun Belt showdown with the Georgia State Panthers on Saturday.

Gerald Green of the Georgia Southern Eagles runs for a long gain as Marquel Broughton of the Army Black Knights grabs the face mask to make the tackle at Michie Stadium on November 21, 2020 in West Point, New York. Photo by Edward Diller/Getty Images

Though far from the biggest clash of Georgia-based football teams, Saturday’s matchup of the Georgia Southern Eagles and the Georgia State Panthers features plenty of intrigue.

Whereas the majority of college football has moved toward spread concepts and multi-layered passing attacks, Georgia Southern continues to promote the beauty and brutality of the triple-option. Led by quarterback Shai Werts and running backs J.D. King and Wesley Kennedy III, the Eagles have piled up 2,381 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground this season, easily outpacing their Sun Belt rivals. The offense enters the week ranked 36th in overall success rate 34th in rushing explosiveness.

But while most opponents struggle to stop Georgia Southern’s triple-option, Georgia State has performed particularly well against the run this season. The Panthers defense currently sits at 29th in success rate against the run, though it does allow for the occasional big play. That matchup in particular will likely determine the winner of Saturday’s game.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Georgia Southern versus Georgia State on Saturday, Nov. 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN3, or you can watch via the ESPN app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Georgia Southern (-1) vs. Georgia State
Point Total: 52.5
Money line: Georgia Southern (-115) vs. Georgia State (-105)

  • Georgia Southern owns 17-19-0 road record against the spread since 2015 (7-9-0 as the road favorite).
  • During the same stretch, the Eagles also have an over record of 19-17-0 on the road (7-9-0 as the road favorite).
  • Meanwhile, Georgia State has a home record of 14-17-2 against the spread since 2015 (8-10-1 as the home underdog).
  • Over the same period, the Panthers have an over record of 14-19-0 at home (8-11-0 as the home underdog).

Betting splits

Georgia Southern: (54% of handle, 85% percent of bets)
Georgia State: (46% of handle, 15% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Even in a normal season, teams struggle to prepare for triple-option offenses. The lack of normal preparation will further hinder those efforts.

Pick: Georgia Southern -1

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