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Howard Vs. Georgia Southern Preview: Eagles host Bison in non-conference tilt

The Georgia Southern Eagles host the Howard Bison this Saturday in a non-conference football contest.

Mike Zarrilli

The Georgia Southern Eagles will look to get back on the right track this weekend when they host the Howard Bison in a non-conference tilt.

Georgia Southern (7-2, 6-2 Southern) suffered a tough 31-28 loss to the Appalachian State Mountaineers this past weekend. The Eagles led 28-24 heading into the fourth quarter, but gave up a touchdown and could not put any more points on the board. The loss closed the Eagles' lead in the Southern Conference to a half-game over the Mountaineers and Wofford, but they are secured at least a share of the conference title.

Howard (6-3, 5-2 MEAC) defeated the Hampton Pirates 20-10 on Saturday. The Bison are 1½ games behind Bethune-Cookman in the MEAC.

Georgia Southern has been bolstered by a powerful rushing attack that is racking up 387.0 yards per game on the ground. Quarterback Jerick McKinnon leads the team in rushing with 915 yards and eight touchdowns. The Eagles will face a pretty tough rushing defense in Howard, which is giving up 142.8 rushing yards per game.

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