West Virginia vs. Georgia Southern
|Date & Time||Saturday September 5, 2015, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: West Virginia -20 -- Over/Under: 58.5
The Georgia Southern Eagles and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Georgia Southern Eagles look to have another solid season after finishing 9-5 last season under head coach Willie Fritz. Kevin Ellison returns at quarterback after completing 55.5 percent of his passes for 1,001 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. BJ Johnson and Montay Crockett combined for more than 300 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Derek Keaton had five receptions as a junior. Matt Breida returns at running back after leading GSU with 1,485 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. Defensively, Antwione Williams had 66 tackles last year with the Eagles, Ryan George had 3.5 sacks and Matt Dobson had three interceptions.
The West Virginia Mountaineers look to have a bounce back year after winning seven or less games in each of their last three seasons. Skyler Howard becomes the starter at QB after completing 50.9 percent of his passes for 829 yards, eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jordan Thompson and Daikiel Shorts combined for more than 900 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Cody Clay had seven catches as a junior. Rushel Shell returns at running back after leading WVU with 788 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Nick Kwiatkoski returns after leading the Mountaineers with 103 tackles, Noble Nwachukwu had eight tackles for loss and Daryl Worley had three interceptions.
The Eagles are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 12-4 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Mountaineers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games.
West Virginia should once again be a very explosive team on the offensive end, as Howard was solid in limited playing time, Shell is a true No. 1 RB and there's enough receivers to replace Kevin White. I'm not sure Georgia Southern will be able to keep up. Look for a blowout in Morgantown.