11. Georgia Southern Eagles | Threat Level: Low
The Georgia Southern Eagles offer a relief game for the Rebels. The game comes in the middle of SEC play late in the season. Georgia Southern could pose an issue for the Ole Miss defense, but I think the Landsharks can handle it with ease.
The Eagles ran the triple option offense under Willie Fritz, but now that Fritz is at Tulane, the new Georgia Southern coach will have to continue the baffling offense. The Eagles hired Colorado State’s defensive coordinator, Tyson Summers.
Summers plans on running the triple option just like Fritz did, but he plans on using the passing attack a bit more.
Freeze and company have faced a triple option team in the past, playing Georgia Tech in the Music City Bowl in 2013.
The Eagles return 6 starters on the defense and the offense this season. Of the returning offense, the Eagles return both of their quarterbacks. Seniors Favian Upshaw and Kevin Ellison are both threats on the ground.
To add to the running attack in the backfield, the Eagles bring back senior running back Matt Breida. Breida ran for 1,608 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2015.
The Eagles play tough on the big stage. Many remember the Eagles against Georgia last season when the Bulldogs escaped with a 23-17 overtime victory. If the Eagles can get their offense going against Ole Miss, this game could end up like the 2015 game against Memphis.
While I do think the experience on the offense if helpful, I don’t see the Eagles beating Ole Miss.
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