The fifth-seeded Georgia Southern Eagles enter the FCS Playoffs on Saturday for the 19th time in the 31 years since the school's football program was restarted. They face the Central Arkansas Bears in the first round.
Georgia Southern has six national titles to their credit, but the most recent championship win was in 2000. The Eagles have ridden a triple-option offense to an 8-3 record this year, tying them for first place in the Southern conference. The offense averages 392 yards per game, the highest FCS average by nearly 50 yards. Quarterback Jerick McKinnon has led the offense to 6.55 yards per carry, also tops in the FCS, and the team has the second highest number of rushing attempts.
Central Arkansas's rush defense isn't anything special, ranking No. 40 in the FCS with 137 rush yards allowed per game. Southern's rush defense isn't much better, averaging 130 ypg allowed, but with the offense averaging more than 35 points per game, the 21.3 ppg allowed by the Eagle defense has been good enough more often than not.
Game Time: 2 p.m.
Television Coverage: ESPN3