Western Michigan isn't happy losing a football game, but the Broncos looked about as good as a MAC program can in a loss last week against Michigan State. The Brown and Gold look to put the loss behind them and seek instead a first win elsewhere in Statesboro, Georgia, where the Sun Belt's Georgia Southern Eagles await. The Eagles are coming off of a loss of their own to a power five program, but on the road and the furthest thing from a "moral victory." The Eagles fell to the West Virginia Mountaineers by a final score of 44-0.
Georgia Southern should be happy to be home, where the Eagles are winners of their last eight openers and losers of just six such games in 31 years. For WMU to halt the streak, they'll need to slow a triple option attack - something they were unable to do against Air Force last season. For the Eagles, they will be searching for the season's first touchdown to put week one behind them and pick up a very good Group of Five win at home.
Quick Game Info
Game time, date: This game is on Saturday, September 12, 2015; kickoff is scheduled for 6:00pm (EST).
Location: Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Georgia, home of the Georgia Southern Eagles is the site for this game. WMU is the first FBS school outside the Sun Belt Conference to visit the Eagles.
Radio: 96.5 FM Kalamazoo; 94.1 FM Jackson, Lansing, Battle Creek; 101.3FM Grand Rapids;
Online Streaming: ESPN3. Click here to watch
Players to Watch
Georgia Southern offfensive line - This unit brought back just one starter from last season, and the inexperience showed in a big way against West Virginia. The Eagles allowed the Mountaineer defense to wreak havoc in the backfield for much of the game. The battle at the line of scrimmage could determine if the Eagles are in for another long day
Zach Terrell- QB, WMU - Terrell was brilliant last Friday. He was sacked seven times and hurried a great deal more and still managed to throw for 365 yards and two touchdowns. The front seven for the Eagles is very good, but it's likely that Terrell will have more time to throw this week and could do some serious damage.
Favian Upshaw- QB, Ga. Southern - Upshaw completed just two passes on 13 attempts with four interceptions last week, a major reason things went sour in Morgantown. However, Upshaw is extremely talented filling in for suspended starter Kevin Ellison and pitched in 64 yards rushing in week one.
Corey Davis- WR, WMU- Davis' name could be called a lot on Saturday. Davis gashed one of the best defenses in college football for 154 yards on ten catches last week, and takes on an Eagle secondary that's fresh off giving up 22.4 yards per catch to receivers in their season opener.
Jamauri Bogan- RB, WMU- Usual Starter Jarvion Franklin is probable this week for a head injury and could very well still see the bulk of the carries. But should Franklin's role be limited further this week as a precaution, backup Jamauri Bogan should get the majority of the rushing attempts for the Broncos.