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Ga Southern Eagles vs. Troy Trojans - 10/30/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Troy Trojans (1-7) at Ga Southern Eagles (6-2)
Date & Time Thursday October 30, 2014, 7:00 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Ga Southern Eagles -20.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
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CFB | Troy Trojans (1-7) at Ga Southern Eagles (6-2)
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The Troy Trojans get their first look of the option attack of the Georgia Southern Eagles in Week Ten College Football.

This hasn't been the season the Troy Trojans had hoped for with both sides of the football struggling more often then not. That trend continued in a 27-13 defeat at South Alabama in week nine that dropped the Trojans to 1-7 in 2014. Troy gave up a respectable 402 yards but the Jaguars seemed to break through enough behind a rushing attack that approached almost 300 yards and averaged 6 1/2 yards per touch. That was too much for the Trojans 309 yards to contend with as neither the run or pass stood out. Jordan Chunn was the Trojans best option on the ground with 53 yards on nine carries with Brandon Burks adding 50 yards on 14 carries but not much was happening on the ground. The quarterback combo of Dontreal Pruitt and Brandon Silvers threw for 145 yards but stretching the field wasn't on the menu.

The Georgia Southern Eagles have had great success running their option in 2014 but their best day was a 69-31 rout of instate rival Georgia State on the road in week nine. The Eagles amassed 660 yards with 613 yards coming on the ground with 63 attempts averaging over 9 1/2 yards per touch. Kevin Ellison gave the Eagles 47 yards in the air on 5-6 passing but generally kept things on the ground with 115 yards on 15 carries including a nine yard scoring run. Matt Breida was dominant running the ball with 201 yards on 12 totes with four touchdowns including a 63 yarder. LA Ramsby was a quality third option with his 92 yards and a pair of five yard scores as Georgia Southern not only moved the chains with 30 first downs but also held the ball for over 35 minutes which rendered the Panthers 455 yards irrelevant.

The Trojans are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in Trojans last 4 Thursday games with the under is 4-0 going Trojans last 4 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. For Georgia Southern the Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a SU win of more than 20 points while the over is 4-0 in Eagles last 4 games in October. The Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.

These teams have never met but it will me the Georgia Southern run versus the Troy defense and I give the Eagles the nod. A huge spread but for now I'll back the home team and update game day with any changes...

Pick:
Georgia Southern Eagles -20.5

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