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FCS Playoffs Quarterfinals Schedule: Georgia Southern Eagles Vs. Wofford Terriers Preview

The Georgia Southern Eagles earned a rematch with the Wofford Terriers by running all over the William & Mary Tribe last week. On Oct. 9 Wofford won in Statesboro, scoring last in a sloppy 33-31 contest. The Terriers ran up and down the field, outgaining GSU on the ground 302 to 243, and sacked QB Jaybo Shaw four times.

The Eagles should be hosting this game, having had their bid to host first- and second-round games approved, but failed to promptly request to host its third-round game. Wofford's only two losses this year came on the road.

Wofford star fullback Eric Breitenstein has an injured shoulder, taking a limited role in practice this week. Breitenstein leads the Southern Conference in rushing yards with 1,537, posting 73 and two touchdowns on the Eagles in their last meeting. He sprained his shoulder in last week's 17-14 win against the Jacksonville St. Gamecocks.

It'll be up to Buck Buchanan Award finalist Brent Russell to plug the middle of the line. The sophomore defensive tackle dominated against W&M and held Breitenstein well below his season average last time around, but containing the Terriers' running game on the road will be even more critical.

Full schedule:

 

  • New Hampshire at Delaware, Dec. 10, 8, ESPN2
  • Villanova at Appalachian State, Dec. 11, noon, ESPN
  • Georgia Southern at Wofford, Dec. 11, 2, ESPN3
  • North Dakota State at Eastern Washington, Dec. 11, 3:30, ESPN3

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.