There pretty much isn’t a down and distance when Georgia Southern won’t run the football.
1st Down: GSU has run the football on over 85 percent of first downs this season. But both of The Eagles’ touchdown passes on the year have come on first down.
2nd Down: No matter the distance, second down is a run-heavy down across the board for Georgia Southern. Second and long (seven or more yards) is actually a heavier run down than second and medium (four to six yards).
3rd Down: GSU even runs the football more than it passes it on third and long. All downs and distances are run-heavy.
Sagarin has GSU ranked as the 65th best team in the country. For context, that’s about on par with South Carolina and better than Kentucky and Vanderbilt. (Quick: what’s the common element between Georgia and those three teams?) The Eagles’ strength of schedule, ranked 121st, is about what you’d expect from a Sun Belt team playing in its tenth game of the season, and both of its losses came against teams ranked higher by Sagarin.
All in all, no surprises there.