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#177 Georgia Southern -3 vs.
#178 Troy 56
Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 3:30pm EST
Veterans Memorial Stadium, Troy
Written by Joshua Broom

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On a four-game win streak, Georgia Southern visits Troy Saturday in Sun Belt Conference action. After recently downing #20 ranked Appalachian State the Eagle’s enter today’s contest riding an impressive momentum wave.

Meanwhile, Troy has dropped consecutive contests and sit fourth in the Sun Belt East. Overall, the Trojans are 1-4 since a Sept. 28 loss vs. visiting Arkansas State.

Even with superior momentum, Georgia Southern opens this week the slight -2.5 road favorite. Last season the Eagles dropped a 37-20 meeting vs. Troy.

Eagles look for continued success during turnaround season

After a 2-10 2018 finish, Georgia Southern’s program is currently infused with winning attitude. During their unbeaten run, the Eagles’ impressive grit has carried their cause in double and triple overtime victories vs. conference rivals South Alabama & Coastal Carolina.

However, Georgia Southern's latest victory vs. nationally recognized Appalachian State solidifies the Eagles’ turnaround. In that signature 24-21 road win Georgia Southern’s 335 rushing yards, led by Wesley Kennedy’s 145 yards and two scores, boosted the Eagles’ victory.

This weekend, Georgia Southern seeks similar results while looking to avoid a letdown vs. overmatched competition. The Eagles rank #21 FBS offensively at 36.6 points for and #117 defensively at 34.9 points allowed. Senior linebacker Ed Curney (3.0 sacks) is sidelined vs. Troy with a torn ACL.

Troy fighting to remain bowl eligible

Following three consecutive seasons of 10-plus wins, Troy enters this weekend fighting for bowl eligibility. The Trojans recently lost their fifth 2019 outing 36-35 vs. Coastal Carolina. In defeat, Troy senior quarterback Caleb Barker enjoyed an outstanding 26 of 35, three-touchdown outing. The Trojans’ added two ground scores, but couldn’t outlast the Chanticleer’s rally.

Troy’s latest setback became the school’s third 2019 loss by seven points or less. The Trojans rank #30 offensively at 34.8 points for and #107 FBS defensively at 32.6 points against. Troy enters Saturday’s contest with no major injuries reported.

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Saturday’s contest pits two teams with similar statistical profiles heading in opposite directions. While Troy has dropped its close calls, Georgia Southern is routinely out willing opponents and making their season a winning experience. That grit will carry the Eagles to another slim conference victory Saturday. Expect a dogfight between these Sun Belt schools as each plays down its remaining games.

Prediction: Georgia Southern +3

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Expect an over total today as the Eagles’ running game and Trojans’ passing attack collide in what will be a down-to-the-wire shootout between evenly matched programs. It doesn’t hurt matter that struggling Troy operates this weekend from home and is seeking to avoid a sixth loss with their bowl eligibility in jeopardy.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Joshua Broom

A lifelong sports enthusiast, Joshua Broom has lent his thirty-plus years of insight to several sports outlets and has appeared on national radio to talk hoops. Now a dedicated handicapper, Joshua avidly critiques NBA, MLB and college and professional basketball and football trends for the betting public. Check out his picks today at Stat Salt to get a leg up on your bookie.