Campbell at Georgia Southern - 9/12/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Campbell (0-0) at Georgia Southern (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Allen E. Paulson Stadium)
The Line: Georgia Southern Eagles -34 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Campbell Fighting Camels will travel to Allen E. Paulson Stadium to take on the Georgia Southern Eagles this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Campbell Fighting Camels, who play in in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), finished their 2019 season with a 6-5 overall record (3-3 Big South Conference). Campbell started their season off strong, racing out to a 6-1 record, however, struggled down the stretch in conference play, losing their last 4 games of the season. Campbell was led by their offensive last season with averaged 29.5 ppg on 373.6 total yards per game (184.4 rushing yds/game; 189.3 passing yds/g). The Fighting Camels had their troubles on the defense end as Campbell allowing their opponents to average 34.0 ppg on 418.5 total yards/game. The Fighting Camels really struggled agianst the run, allowing their opponents to average 182.7 rushing yards per game.
Campbell’s offense should continue to be able to put up points on the board as they bring back three of their best offensive weapons in QB Hajj-Malik Williams, WR Jalen Kelsey, and WR Caleb Snead. Williams is a duel-threat QB who also led the Fighting Camels in rushing yards last season, finishing with 891 rushing yards & 9 rushing TD’s on 151 carries. Through the air, Williams finished the season averaging 183.8 passing yds/g while compiling 17 TD’s & 8 INT. Jalen Kelsey (30 receptions, 537 yards, 7 TD’s) & Caleb Snead (29 receptions, 554 yards, 6 TD’s) will one again be the top targets for Williams in the passing attack.
The Georgia Southern Eagles finished their 2019 season with an overall record of 7-6 (5-3 Sun Belt Conference). Georgia Southern reached their 2nd straight bowl game, however, could not pick up the victory after losing to the Liberty Flames, 23-16, in the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Offensively, Georgia Southern averaged 28.2 ppg on 327.2 total yards per game. Georgia Southern was a run first offense last season, averaging 252.7 rushing yards per game. Defensively, the Eagles allowing their opponents to average 28.2 ppg on 379.2 yards per game (136.3 rushing yds/game; 242.9 passing yds/game).
Georgia Southern returns their top three offensive weapons from last year’s team as QB Shai Werts, RB Wesley Kennedy III and RB J.D. King. Shai Werts completed 52.8% of his passes for 9 TD’s while averaging 72.6 passing yards per game. Werts was also the 3rd leading rusher of the Eagles, finishing the season averaging 66.6 rushing yards per game was also rushing for 5 TD’s. Kennedy III was the teams most explosive RB out of the backfield as he averaged 91.6 rushing yds/game while piling up 11 TD’s. J.D. King was the 2nd leading rusher for Georgia Southern as he averaged 67.0 yds/game while putting up 8 TD’s.
Campbell has some solid weapons on the offensive end and once again should be able to put up some points but playing defenses from the FCS is far different than taking on defensives that play in the FBS. Georgia Southern should once again have an outstanding offensive rushing attack led by the trio of Werts, Kennedy III, & King as Campbell struggled against the run last season, I don’t expect them to be able to put up much of a fight on the defense end in this one.
This is a big line for Georgia Southern, however, their running attack should have a field day in this one and I'm taking the Eagles to cover this large number.