Through 3 Quarters

The South Alabama Jaguars were expected to take an 'L' in this one, but so far it isn't playing out to script. They have emerged as the frontrunner after three quarters and are ahead of the Georgia Southern Eagles 17-10.

QB Desmond Trotter has led the way so far for the Jaguars, as he has passed for two TDs and 135 yards on 18 attempts. Georgia Southern has been riding high on the performance of RB J.D. King, who has punched in one rushing touchdown.

This is tied with the least points Georgia Southern has had yet this year going into the fourth quarter.

Who's Playing

South Alabama @ Georgia Southern

Current Records: South Alabama 3-2; Georgia Southern 3-2

What to Know

The South Alabama Jaguars have enjoyed the comforts of home their last four games, but now they must head out on the road. South Alabama and the Georgia Southern Eagles will face off in a Sun Belt battle at 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. The Jaguars have not won a single game against Georgia Southern in their most recent matchups, going 0-5 since November of 2015.

South Alabama took their game against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks last week by a conclusive 38-14 score. That 24-point margin sets a new team best for South Alabama on the season. WR Kawaan Baker and QB Desmond Trotter were among the main playmakers for South Alabama as the former caught six passes for three TDs and 154 yards and the latter passed for three TDs and 184 yards on 12 attempts in addition to rushing for one TD and 33 yards. One of the most thrilling moments was Baker's 80-yard TD reception in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the Eagles came up short against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers last week, falling 28-14. QB Shai Werts had a memorable game, but not in the way you want to be remembered: besides failing to produce a single touchdown, he threw two interceptions with only 94 yards passing.

The Jaguars are expected to lose this next one by 4. Those who got lucky with them against the spread last week might want to hold off on placing bets this time since the team has yet to string together back-to-back wins against the spread.

South Alabama's victory brought them up to 3-2 while Georgia Southern's loss pulled them down to an identical 3-2. South Alabama is 1-1 after wins this season, and the Eagles are 1-0 after losses.

How To Watch

  • When: Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: Allen E. Paulson Stadium -- Statesboro, Georgia
  • TV: ESPN
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $45.90


The Eagles are a 4-point favorite against the Jaguars, according to the latest college football odds.

Bettors have moved against the Eagles slightly, as the game opened with the Eagles as a 6.5-point favorite.

Over/Under: -111

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Series History

Georgia Southern have won all of the games they've played against South Alabama in the last six years.

  • Oct 03, 2019 - Georgia Southern 20 vs. South Alabama 17
  • Oct 06, 2018 - Georgia Southern 48 vs. South Alabama 13
  • Nov 18, 2017 - Georgia Southern 52 vs. South Alabama 0
  • Sep 10, 2016 - Georgia Southern 24 vs. South Alabama 9
  • Nov 28, 2015 - Georgia Southern 55 vs. South Alabama 17