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Georgia Southern faces familiar foe in The Citadel

West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson (1) is tackled by Georgia Southern cornerback Darius Jones (5) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
West Virginia wide receiver Shelton Gibson (1) is tackled by Georgia Southern cornerback Darius Jones (5) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson) AP

The Georgia Southern Eagles are coming off a dominating 43-17 performance against Western Michigan on Saturday, and this week they are set to take on a familiar foe in The Citadel.

The Eagles and the Bulldogs played in the same conference up until last year when the Eagles left the Southern Conference to move up to the FBS level and the Sun Belt Conference. While conference position is no longer on the line in this game, the Eagles are looking to maintain their momentum.

Georgia Southern has dominated The Citadel, leading the all-time series 18-5, but six of the seven meetings since 2007 and all but one game was decided by seven points or fewer.

“There have been a lot of close games between these teams,” Eagles head coach Willie Fritz said.

The Eagles are taking this game seriously because of the close calls in the past. In the past two meeting, each team has come away with a victory. The Eagles lost on the road at the Citadel 23-21 in 2012. In 2013, The Eagles beat the Bulldogs 28-21 at home.

On Saturday, the Eagles will be at home, and The Citadel has only managed one victory at Paulson Stadium.

“Our kids are excited. A lot of them have played down there before,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Houston said. “A lot of them have had success against Georgia Southern.”

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