The Georgia Southern Eagles are riding a four-game winning streak, and the are off Saturday.
The Eagles are coming off a season-high 51 points against Louisiana-Monroe, and five games into the season, the Eagles are again in the driver’s seat in the Sun Belt Conference. After winning the conference last year in their first season, they are 2-0 in conference and have won 10 straight conference games.
Despite scoring 51 points last week, the Eagles committed 12 penalties for 109 yards, and head coach Willie Fritz felt his team “took a step back” in that game.
“I thought for the most part we played pretty well. We were sloppy at times, far too many penalties,” Fritz said. “We had drives that stalled because of penalties on our part. We have got to play a lot cleaner than that.”
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The Eagles are also looking to get healthy during the bye week as they rest players who are banged up. Only one player, B.J Johnson (broken collarbone), is currently listed as injured, but through the first five games, the Eagles have had a lot of players battling assorted ailments.
New Mexico State is next up for Georgia Southern. The Eagles came away with a 36-28 win last season on the road over the Aggies.
“Like every team in college football team in America we are a little beat up right now, it gives us a chance to heal up,” said Fritz, who also said his team has been doing some “self analysis” during the off week.