Georgia Southern enters the week with a 5-4 record and 3-2 record in conference play after winning four of their last five games. Bleacher Report has pegged the Eagles for a trip to the Camellia Bowl while College Football News projects Georgia Southern to play in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl. Meanwhile, the Warhawks need to win two of their final three games to become bowl eligible. Can Georgia Southern come out on top at home against UL Monroe on Saturday afternoon?
Evans earns Sun Belt Player of the Week vs. Georgia StateUL Monroe snapped a two-game losing streak last week with a big 45-31 victory at home against Georgia State. Caleb Evans threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, adding 110 yards and another score with his legs to help the Warhawks keep pace in the Sun Belt West division. Josh Johnson rushed 20 times for 168 yards and two touchdowns while Markis McCray caught seven balls for 35 yards and two scores in the win.
If the Warhawks win each of their next two games, they could set the stage for an all-important season finale against the Sun Belt West-leading Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns. As of now, the Warhawks are projected to play in the Mobile Alabama Bowl versus a MAC opponent, according to Sports Illustrated. Following Saturday’s game against Georgia Southern, Louisiana Monroe will host Coastal Carolina before traveling to Cajun Field for their series finale versus the Ragin’ Cajuns.
Congratulations to @ULM_FB's Caleb Evans, @TroyTrojansFB's Marcus Webb and @TXSTATEFOOTBALL's Hutch White for being named the Week 11 #SunBeltFB Players of the Week!#TalonsOut #OneTROY #EatEmUp pic.twitter.com/n2z0DEwL8m— Sun Belt (@SunBelt) November 11, 2019
Evans is the heart-and-soul of the Warhawks’ offense and the Warhawks’ quarterback appears to be ready to finish out his senior season in style. The 6-foot-2 senior from Mansfield, Texas is fresh off of arguably his best start of the season after throwing for a season-high 291 yards with three touchdowns, and one interception. Evans has also shown a penchant for getting the ball out of his hands quickly, taking just two combined sacks over the last four games. His decision-making has also improved in recent weeks and he’s been more willing to use his legs to move the chains, which has resulted in back-to-back 100-yard rushing performances. For the season, Evans has thrown for 1,978 yards, 15 touchdowns, and six interceptions. He leads an offense scoring 30.6 points and averaging 447.6 yards of total offense per contest.
Getting stops has bee a different story for the Warhawks defense though, which ranks near the bottom of the country in several major statistical categories. The defense has surrendered a whopping 37.8 points (127th in FBS) and 499.3 yards of total offense per game (129th in FBS), including a 255.1 yards per game on the ground (128th in FBS).
Werts plays well in loss to TroyGeorgia Southern snapped a four-game winning streak in painful fashion last week, losing on the road to Troy 49-28. Shai Werts threw for 181 yards and three touchdowns but it was too little, too late for the Eagles, who gave up 21 unanswered fourth-quarter points to seal the game after climbing back from an early 21-7 deficit. Wesley Kennedy III added 75 yards and a score on only 10 carries and Malik Murray caught three balls for 95 yards and two scores in a losing effort for Georgia Southern, which gave up a season-worst 603 yards of total offense on the day.
Werts missed most of the first month of the season after getting hurt in the team’s season-opening loss to LSU but he’s returned with a vengeance. The junior signal-caller had his best game of the season last week, throwing for a season-high 181 yards and three scores and he’s yet to throw an interception in 64 passing attempts this year. Werts does most of his damage on the ground in the Eagles’ triple-option oriented offense. Since the loss to LSU, he’s racked up 415 rushing yards and a score, while leading Georgia Southern to a 4-2 record during that span.
The defense will take the field on Saturday in hopes of a bounce-back performance after getting obliterated by Troy last week. Georgia Southern enters the week allowing 29.6 points and 380.2 yards of total offense per game. Prior to last week’s meltdown, the Eagles had given up 27 points or less in each of their previous four conference games.
- Warhawks are 11-4 ATS in their last 15 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Warhawks are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Warhawks are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games in November.
- Eagles are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
- Eagles are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.
- Eagles are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game.