Last week both Georgia Southern and Arkansas State had a rest. This was definitely needed for both teams after their slow start to the season. They needed to rest, recharge and get back to winning, which could be easier said then done for both sides, as the Red Wolves from Arkansas have gone 0-4 for the first time since 2001. Last year's league champs have been the most disappointing team of the season so far and have lost both on-the-road and at home to teams that they should have been able to beat easily.
Georgia Southern have started the season with at 3-1, but lost a big match to Western Michigan before the bye week 49-31. The Eagles are on the road for a four-game stretch and they look like they could improve on their start with a win tonight.
The Eagles are usually quite a good team and control the game and the clock well. Typically a rushing team, the Eagles have seen success on the ground and through the air so far this year. QB's Favian Upshaw and Kevin Ellison have been a duo that has won games and rushing by Wesley Fields and L.A. Ramsby has baffled defenders trying to stop the run. On defense, key player (and best name in the league) Ironhead Gallon, linebacker leads the league in total defense. They have stopped more teams on third down than any other in the league, but their loss two weeks ago in Kalamazoo proves that there are holes therein.
Four loses in a row and the Red Wolves are busy searching for ways to win. Losses to Toledo, Auburn, Utah State and Central Arkansas have them in last place and it all begins at the line of scrimmage. ASU are averaging no more than 80 yards on the ground, 1/3 less than all other rivals. The defense is like Swiss Cheese and their third-down stoppage is one of the worst in the league.
The Red Wolves are due for a win, but that will not come against the Eagles. Expect Arkansas State to fall to 0-5 with Georgia winning 41-21.
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Georgia Southern vs. Arkansas State Score Prediction: Georgia Southern 34, Arkansas State 23