Predicting Georgia Southern's football season

dshirley@macon.comJuly 18, 2013 

From the outside, it might look like the Georgia Southern Eagles don't have much to play for this fall as they are ineligible for the playoffs in their final season in FCS competition. But head coach Jeff Monken has dismissed that talk during the summer:

Aug. 31 Savannah State: The Tigers likely won't put up much of a fight in the opener. ... Georgia Southern 49, Savannah State 13.

Sept. 7 St. Francis: The Eagles continue to roll through their non-conference opponents as they get ready for their final season in the Southern Conference. ... Georgia Southern 42, St. Francis 7.

Sept. 14 at Wofford: The Terriers and Eagles have forged a pretty strong rivalry the past few years. One of the sad parts about conference realignment is the loss of these games. ... Georgia Southern 43, Wofford 35.

Sept. 28 Chattanooga: The Mocs have made the Eagles work hard the past three years, winning in 2010, losing by one in 2011 and falling in three overtimes last year. ... Georgia Southern 49, Chattanooga 42.

Oct. 5 at Samford: Samford might be one of the Southern Conference programs that benefits the most from Georgia Southern and Appalachian State leaving the conference. ... Georgia Southern 35, Samford 16.

Oct. 12 The Citadel: The Eagles wrap up the first half of their season with another strong performance. ... Georgia Southern 49, The Citadel 20.

Oct. 26 at Appalachian State: The Eagles and Mountaineers will take their rivalry to the Sun Belt after dominating the Southern Conference for years. ... Appalachian State 37, Georgia Southern 35.

Nov. 2 Furman: Another rivalry game that will go away, and this one dates back to the mid-1980s before the Eagles even joined the Southern Conference. Sad, just sad. ... Georgia Southern 42, Furman 21.

Nov. 9 Western Carolina: The Catamounts have gone 3-51 in the Southern Conference since the 2006 season. ... Georgia Southern 52, Western Carolina 3.

Nov. 16 at Elon: The Phoenix have been on a steady decline since going 9-3 in 2009. ... Georgia Southern 55, Elon 17.

Nov. 23 at Florida: With their move to the Sun Belt, the Eagles likely will see more of these games on their non-conference schedule. But they will be competitive in most of them. ... Florida 34, Georgia Southern 20.

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