The Georgia Southern Eagles (5-6, 2-5 Sun Belt) have reached their final game of the regular season and are seeking a sixth overall win that would qualify them for the Bowl. Their opponent on Saturday, Appalachian State (6-5, 3-4 SBC), needs a seventh overall to qualify for the Bowl as two of the Mountaineers’ wins came against FCS programs The Citadel and Robert Morris. Just one win over an FCS school can count towards six wins in the regular season.
Here’s how to watch and listen to the match between these big rivals and more:
When do the Georgia Southern Eagles play the Appalachian State Mountaineers?
Kicking off: 6 p.m. ET, Saturday, November 26, 2022.
Location: Paulson Stadium (capacity 25,000), Statesboro
How to watch Appalachian State in Georgia Southern on TV
Danny Waugh (play-by-play) and Cole Neely (analyst) and Emily Grace McWhorter (sideline) will lead the call via online streaming service ESPN+.
Radio for Appalachian State in Georgia Southern
Danny Reed (play-by-play), Terry Harvin (analyst), Russ Brown (analyst) and Frank Sulkowski (sideline) have the Georgia Southern Sports Network call. The pre-game, in-game and post-game shows can be heard in Savannah on WIXV 95.5 FM and on the network’s flagship station WPMX 94.9 FM in Statesboro.
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Betting: Over/Under & Point Spread
Appalachian State was a 5.5-point favorite Tuesday night, according to Tipico Sportsbook. The over/under was 62 points. The moneyline was App State -220 and Georgia Southern +175.
history of the series
Georgia Southern has played Appalachian State more than any other opponent — 37 times since 1932. They meet to wrap up the regular season for the third straight season.
App State has won eight of their last 11 games and now leads the series 21-15-1. The Mountainers have won twice in a row.
The rivalry dates back to when they were members of the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) Southern Conference from 1993 to 2013. They have played every year since 1993, including twice in 2001.
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Georgia Southern has been plagued by injuries across the roster, particularly at wide receiver, defensive line and most notably the long snapper. Running back could be a big focus if starters Jalen White (leg injury against Marshall) and redshirt junior Gerald Green (injured in practice Nov. 16) are unable to play. Next man is true freshman OJ Arnold, who has 33 carries for 189 net yards, an average of 5.7 yards per carry and 17.18 yards per game. He also returns kicks.
White is fourth in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing at 83.1 yards per game. He has 162 carries for 914 yards, a 5.6 average and 10 touchdowns. Green, who missed the last game against Marshall, is 19th in the league at 47.5 yards per game. He has 86 carries for 475 yards, a 5.5 average and six TDs.
Marshall’s top two running backs were also sidelined. Head coach Shawn Clark said Monday he expects Nate Noel (16th in SBC with 54.1 ypg) to play and Cameroon Peoples (9th in SBC with 65.9 ypg) to trend in the right direction, but made no decision became.
Mountaineers standout fullback Nick Hampton is a game decider, Clark said. Hampton leads the league in sacks (seven solo, two assists, .89 per game) and is second in tackles for loss (10.5; 1.17 per game).
The game features two sixth-year quarterback players, GS’s Kyle Vantrease and ASU’s Chase Brice. Vantrease is fourth on the FBS in passing yards (3,507) and passing yards per game (318.82) and second in completions per game (307 in 11 games, 27.91 per game).
Brice leads the Sun Belt and is 11th on FBS in touchdown passes (27), while Vantrease is 22nd on FBS (22 TDs).
Vantrease is 308 of 507 (60.7%) and leads the SBC averaging 319.3 yards per game. Brice is fifth with 242.5 yards per game on 204 of 323 passes (63.2%).
The Eagles’ Alex Raynor leads the Sun Belt in kicker scoring, 87 points for a 7.9 average. He is 42 of 43 on extra point attempts and 15 of 17 field goal attempts. He is second in all-player scoring average (7.9 per game).
Georgia Southern ranks seventh on the FBS with just three lost fumbles in the season. If that number holds, it would set a school record for fewest fumbles lost in a season.
The Eagles’ offense has posted big numbers in yards (league-best 466.9 ypg), passing (league-best 322.3 ypg), and in points (132.1 points per game, fourth in SBC) while having the fewest sacks (seven ) .
The Eagles’ defense is struggling, 30.9 points (12th in SBC), total yards (last at 484.1 ypg), rushing defense (last at 227.6 ypg), and passing defense (13th at 256.8 ypg) allow.
The Eagles have four players in the SBC’s top 22 tacklers: linebacker Marques Watson-Trent (third with 97 overall, 8.8 per game); Safety Anthony Wilson (11th at 81, 7.4); Defenseman Wylan Free (21st at 71, 6.5) and linebacker Khadry Jackson (22nd at 64, 6.4).
You said so
Georgia Southern Head Coach Clay Helton on Appalachian State:
“I have two teams in Statesboro this week that love to compete and we’re both fighting for bowl eligibility where the winner gets to move on. That’s what you want in life – you want a chance. I know our players are very excited about this opportunity. I’d bet (Appalachian State Head Coach) Shawn’s (Clark’s) group is too. We look forward to a great Saturday night in Statesboro.
Appalachian State Head Coach Shawn Clark on Georgia Southern:
“Coach Helton has done a fantastic job. They’ve changed the philosophy from last year. They’re going to throw the football pretty far. It’s a game you’re looking forward to. It’s a great rivalry. It’s Georgia – Florida, Auburn “Alabama, and it’s been a long time coming. You’re going back to the Southern Conference days, now the Sun Belt. It’s one of the best games of the year. It’s going to be a heated rivalry. Our players know each other. Our coaches know each other , it’s fun to play this game.
“Whoever wins gets a chance to go to a bowl game. It probably shouldn’t happen any other way in this rivalry game with Georgia Southern-App State.”
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