College Football Betting Preview — Georgia WHO? Keep an Eye on the Eagles

Matchup: Georgia Southern Eagles at Texas State Bobcats

Date/Time: Saturday, November 8 – 4 PM ET

TV Coverage: N/A

Football Betting Odds at BetAnySports: Georgia Southern -13

College Football Betting Preview -- Georgia WHO? Keep an Eye on the Eagles
Total: 62.5 points

This game is being played at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, a 30,000-seat venue that is generally not all that well-attended. After all, this is the Sun Belt. But the question is how well Georgia Southern will travel and play on the artificial turf. The Eagles are incredibly disciplined, and they run the option as well as anyone in the country.

In fact, for those BetAnySports customers who haven’t seen them, this team is operating at such a level of precision that it is the only team in Division I ball (they are in the “transitional” period at the moment) that is averaging 400 yards on the ground. Georgia Southern also leads the nation in yards per carry (7.3) and rushing TD’s (46). They are rampaging through the Sun Belt. And the only two losses they have could have been different, as they led the game in the last minute against both North Carolina State (one point) and Georgia Tech (four points).

Matt Breida leads this offense with 1104 rushing yards, and he is averaging an astronomical 8.9 yards per carry. There are two other members of the Georgia Southern backfield averaging nine yards a pop. No, they are not passing it (Quarterback Ellison, who has run for 883 yards, has only 88 pass attempts), but they really don’t need to. And they have turned it over just nine times, which is very impressive with all of that ball-handling.

There has been an official determination on the part of the college playoff committee that not only can Georgia Southern (currently not bowl eligible because of their transitional status) conceivably qualify for a bowl and a ranking, they could wind up going to the Fiesta, Cotton or Peach bowl as the top representative of the smaller conferences. The catch is that fewer than 76 teams have to be otherwise bowl eligible. College football bettors know that the Eagles can help their cause by extending margins against opponents. Texas State, which is coached by Dennis Franchione, formerly the head man at TCU and UNLV, faced the option attack of Navy earlier in the season, giving up 352 rushing yards in a 35-21 defeat.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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