The Georgia Southern Eagles face the Howard Bison this Saturday, but a looming in-state showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs could have some guys looking ahead. However, Eagles coach Jeff Monken says he's not worried about his players looking past the Bison, via the Statesboro Herald:
"I hope what happened last week placed a tremendous sense of urgency on this game. I've heard nobody talk about the (Georgia) game or anything. Our complete focus is on Howard, and we'll have to play our best game of the year."
Georgia Southern, formerly the No. 1 team in the FCS, fell 31-28 at home last weekend to Appalachian State. Monken thinks that loss will help keep his team more focused against Howard, as the postseason remains on the line. A victory over the Bison would all but assure a trip to the playoffs.
Howard is also in a playoff fight of its own, so they will not be laying down for anybody. If Georgia Southern comes out flat, they could be in for a rude awakening.
Georgia Southern will receive a boost by getting fullback Dominque Swope back in the lineup. Swope leads the Eagles with 14 rushing touchdowns.