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Central Arkansas vs. Georgia Southern: Eagles and Bears evenly matched

Georgia Southern, typically dominant at home, will have a tough test on their hands when they face Central Arkansas in the first round of the FCS playoffs.

Mike Zarrilli

The matchup between the Georgia Southern Eagles and Central Arkansas Bears is an even one. Both score and allow roughly the same amount of points per game, and both won their respective conferences. However, the Eagles are 32-3 at home during the FCS playoffs, which is where their advantage will be when the two face off in the first round on Saturday.

GSU head coach Jeff Monken isn't taking the game for granted, however:

"I think it's just two teams battling it out," said GSU coach Jeff Monken, who is 5-2 in the playoffs in two years as a head coach. "There's motivation for everybody in this tournament."

The Eagles have gone to the national semifinals in each of the past two seasons, but haven't won the FCS title since they did so back-to-back in 1999 and 2000 under current Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson. A win on Saturday could potentially set up a second-round rematch with their foe from last season's first-round game, Old Dominion.

Georgia Southern has the most FCS (formerly Division I-AA) playoff championships of any program, with six.

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