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FCS playoffs 2012 schedule: Georgia Southern looks to slow down Old Dominion

The Georgia Southern Eagles look to advance to within one game of the FCS championship game, but they'll have their hands full with Old Dominion.

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The No. 5 Georgia Southern Eagles can advance to the semifinals of the FCS playoffs with a win on Saturday, but they'll have to go on the road and beat No. 4 Old Dominion to accomplish it. The teams meet in Norfolk, Va., at noon on Saturday, one of four FCS quarterfinals games this weekend.

The Eagles (9-3) are coming off a 24-16 win over the Central Arkansas Bears in last weekend's second round to advance. Old Dominion (11-1) handled the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers 63-35 last weekend.

The Monarchs feature one of the nation's best players in quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who looks to pass Steve McNair's single-season passing record while at the same time leading Old Dominion to within one game of the FCS championship game. The Eagles will counter with their patented triple-option attack.

Here's a look at this weekend's FCS playoff schedule. All times are Eastern:

  • No. 3 Montana State at Sam Houston State, Saturday, Dec. 7, 8 p.m.
  • No. 5 Georgia Southern at No. 4 Old Dominion, Saturday, Dec. 8, noon
  • No. 1 North Dakota State at Wofford, Saturday, Dec. 8, 3 p.m.
  • Illinois State at No. 2 Eastern Washington, Saturday, Dec. 8, 6 p.m.

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