Okay, other than the fact that they cut block like demons, what else do you know about this week’s opponent? Here are a few tidbits to consider:
- GSU is currently ranked sixth in the FCS. Georgia is the only D-1 team the Eagles face this season.
- GSU is ninth in total offense in the FCS. Given the offense run, it won’t surprise you to find that it breaks down to first in rushing and, well, somewhere south of fifty in passing. (They’ve only attempted 65 passes all season.)
- On defense, the Eagles are good, but not as good: 18th. (30th against the run and 28th against the pass.)
- Sagarin lists GSU 92nd, with a strength of schedule ranking of 180. That power ranking is better than three teams Georgia has played this season: Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Buffalo. (Before you ask, Sagarin ranks Auburn 84th.) That doesn’t necessarily mean that Southern is substantially better than those teams, but it likely means that it’s not substantially inferior to them.
One last thing, at least for the moment – being ranked sixth and tied for the lead in the Southern Conference, the Eagles are a lock for the outsized FCS playoffs. Does that mean they’re going to rest some of their key players in a meaningless bout against a D-1 opponent? Judging from this story, that seems unlikely.